Minister Hehr announces a new partnership agreement with Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead
VICTORIA, May 30, 2017 /CNW/ - Canada's Veterans served our country with bravery, honour and dignity as they protected the values we cherish most. Our Veterans deserve our greatest recognition and respect for their service, especially when they are at their most vulnerable.
Today, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence announced a new partnership agreement with Broadmead Care Society and Island Health. This new agreement supports the Government's mandate commitment to improve service delivery to Veterans by expanding Veterans' access to long term care beds at the Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead.
Previously these long term care beds were only available to Second World War and Korean War Veterans. Under this new agreement, Veterans eligible for a community bed, such as Canadian Armed Forces Veterans and Allied Veterans, now have priority admission to up to 10 long term care beds. Veterans Affairs Canada has enjoyed a long history with Broadmead Care Society and Island Health and is pleased this agreement further develops this partnership.
"I am pleased to announce this partnership to expand long term care access to Veterans. Veterans Affairs Canada is proud of the exceptional care and support the Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead has offered our Veterans."
The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
"Broadmead Care is honoured to care for Canada's Veterans at the Veteran's Memorial Lodge at Broadmead. We look forward to this new opportunity to develop and enhance care and services for a broader range of Veterans."
Paul Morgan, Board Chair, Broadmead Care Society
"Our Veterans have made significant sacrifices throughout their careers and it is a privilege to provide excellence in residential care services when those supports are required."
Don Hubbard, Island Health Board Chair
- The Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead is a 225 bed residential care facility funded by Island Health, which includes 115 beds for Veterans and 110 community beds.
- The Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead is the sixth facility where VAC has established agreements to expand Veterans' access to long term care beds.
- In 1972, the Veterans Hospital in Victoria (later known as the Royal Jubilee Hospital) was transferred to the province of BC and Veterans were given priority access to long term care in the Memorial Pavilion (within the hospital).
- In 1993, with capital funding from the federal and provincial governments and the Tillicum and Veterans Care Society, the Lodge at Broadmead was built as a replacement for the Memorial Pavilion. On June 1, 1995, the Lodge opened its doors and welcomed 225 Second World War Veterans, Korean War Veterans and seniors to their new home.
- In 2016-17 Veterans Affairs Canada provided annual funding of approximately $889,000 to Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead to enhance the level of programs and services for Veterans in long term care, including the creative arts program, increased support for the dementia care program, and spiritual care.
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Sarah McMaster, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468, [email protected]; Mandy Parker, Director of Development, Broadmead Care Society, 250-882-8862, [email protected]; Laurie Macdonald, Director Support Services (acting CEO in David Cheperdak's absence), Broadmead Care Society, 250-516-5313, [email protected]