RFP released for development of Comox Valley complex care beds

March 9, 2018

Comox Valley – To support seniors and their families today and into the future with a full spectrum of facility-based seniors’ care, Island Health has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to create up to 120 new complex care beds in the Comox Valley. The RFP will also consider proposals for the redevelopment of existing facilities.

“Ensuring high quality, publicly-funded safe and caring homes for seniors is a priority of our government,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix. “A commitment was made to increase overall residential care space in the Comox Valley. Moving forward with this RFP presents an opportunity to explore more flexible models of care in our communities  - care that meets the needs of those living with dementia and individuals requiring assistance with complex health issues and includes options for palliative care and Medical Assistance in Dying.”

This RFP expands upon the original plans developed in the fall of 2016 which sought the addition of up to 70 new complex care beds for the Comox Valley. To support growing population needs, this new RFP includes flexibility for greater capacity in the future, opportunities for a full spectrum of complex care including innovative models of dementia care, a 50 per cent increase in community hospice beds, and increased access to the full spectrum of end-of-life care, including Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD).

“Island Health is committed to improving access to community-based long-term care for seniors in the Comox Valley,” said Leah Hollins, Island Health Board Chair.

“Through this RFP process, we’re looking for one or more providers who can deliver complex care beds that offer a spectrum of care for seniors, including innovative dementia care and end-of-life care.”

The RFP is open to all non-profit, for-profit, denominational, and non-denominational providers. Should the RFP result in more than one successful proponent, at minimum, one of the selected proponents will be required to provide for six community hospice care beds and allow for the provision of MAiD on site.

The four community hospice beds currently located at The Views long-term care facility will be relocated to a successful proponent’s site, where an additional two new hospice beds will be provided.

Any and all successful proponents will be required to provide 3.36 direct care hours per resident day to meet the complex care needs of clients in care, in accordance with direction set by the Provincial Government. Island Health will fund the successful proponents accordingly and will monitor the operators to ensure this level of care is being attained and maintained.

“The Comox Valley community has been waiting for a number of months to see this RFP posted for additional community-based complex care beds, and we look forward to receiving a diversity of proposals,” said Tim Orr, Director, Residential Services, Island Health.

All submissions will be subject to a comprehensive and detailed evaluation process based on the criteria set out in the RFP, in accordance with Island Health’s Fair Business Practices. The RFP evaluation process will determine the number of successful proponents and the number of complex care beds that will be awarded to each proponent, based on their submissions.

The RFP is posted on the BC Bid website and proposals are being accepted until May 11, 2018. Should the RFP process be successful, Island Health is optimistic the new beds will be ready for occupancy in 2020.

Island Health, one of seven health jurisdictions in British Columbia, provides health care and support services to more than 765,000 people on Vancouver Island, the islands in the Salish Sea and the Johnstone Strait, and mainland communities north of Powell River.

With more than 20,000 staff, 1,900 physician partners, 6,000 volunteers, and the dedicated support of foundations and auxiliaries, Island Health delivers a broad range of health services, including: public health services, primary health care, home and community care, mental health and addictions services, acute care in hospitals, and much more across a huge, geographically diverse region.

Media inquiries:
Meribeth Burton
Island Health Communications and Stakeholder Engagement