The Views at St. Joseph’s currently provides long-term care, assisted living and hospice services to members of the Comox community who can no longer live alone or independently. Starting in 2021, construction will take place on the site of the existing home to build what is believed to be the first publicly funded long-term care home based on the concepts of a dementia village in BC and possibly Canada.
Inspired by the dementia village in De Hogeweyk, Netherlands, the Comox dementia village will have small, self-contained households of 12 residents where each resident will have her or his own room and bathroom, contributing to heightened infection control in a modern space. Residents will take part in everyday activities within the household or wider, secure village, and gain a sense of belonging by being involved in tasks such as food preparation, cooking and laundry.
Within the village, residents will have freedom of movement, safe access to the outdoors, and interaction with the community, including opportunities for intergenerational connections. The focus will be on creating a culture that promotes a person-centred approach to seniors and dementia care where the cultivation of engagement and joy is a priority.
The Views at St. Joseph’s is operated by Providence Living, a new non-profit health care organization established by Providence Health Care to redefine seniors’ care in B.C. Supported by St. Paul’s Foundation, Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation, and the Auxiliary Society for Comox Valley Healthcare, Providence Living honours every life story, and believes sharing life stories inspires understanding and offers a path to joy.