Last week I had the honour of joining representatives from the Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District and Interior Health for the grand reopening of Deni House here in Williams Lake. The 28-bed facility is going to benefit our region of the province for many years to come.
Following renovations, Deni House re-opened the top floor as a 28-bed care facility featuring bright and welcoming single and three-bed rooms for patients. There are a variety of beds that make up the 28, with nine dedicated towards respite and convalescent care or seniors with shorter projected stays. Another great part of these short-stay beds is that they share a family room, giving patients a real feeling of community and togetherness, which in itself can help people feel better.
The family room has amenities and offers a chance for loved ones to stay overnight —something that I think we can all agree is important at times.
Other renovation work at Deni House included:
• Redeveloping the current series of rooms into new single- and triple-patient rooms with ceiling lifts installed over each bed.
• Upgrades to resident washrooms for handicapped accessibility.
• Replacement of outdated nurse call and fire alarm systems.
• Upgrades and repair to the central cooling and air handling systems.
• Upgrades to data and telephone lines for wireless capabilities.
• Minor renovations to other areas of the facility.
I couldn’t talk about Deni House without mentioning the high-quality care that all the residents receive from the nursing staff. Seniors with complex care needs in these types of residential care facilities are offered the protection and supportive environment they need right here in the Cariboo. I’m pleased that Deni House will continue to serve our region and offer seniors and their families the support they deserve.
Donna Barnett is the Liberal MLA for the Cariboo-Chilcotin.