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St. Joseph's General Hospital - The Views


Location:
  Comox
Operator:  St. Joseph's General Hospital
Address:   2137 Comox Avenue, Comox, BC  V9M 1P2
Phone:      250-339-2242

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St. Joseph's General Hospital - The Views - exterior   St. Joseph's General Hospital - The Views - interior

Contact

Access to subsidized residential care is coordinated by Island Health staff. For more information on subsidized residential care, contact the Home Health Office nearest you. Please do not contact the Operator directly regarding subsidized residential care. For information on private residential care, please refer to the Seniors Housing Directory of BC.

Capacity

Publicly Subsidized Units: 116, 1 respite bed, 4 residential hospice beds.
Private-Pay Units: 0 

Building Description

The Views was built in 1982 (75 beds); addition in 1993  (50 beds). The building is adjacent to St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox. It sits on the oceanfront with a spectacular view of the Beaufort Strait and the Beaufort Mountain Range across the water. The property is home to many eagles; hence our units are called Eagleview and Oceanview.

A 4 bed residential hospice unit was opened in July 2015, which contains 4 single rooms in a self-contained unit.

Building Amenities

Features of the building include: wheelchair accessible garden courtyard with walking paths, water feature, gazebo and an opportunity for gardening and flower growing. There are two outdoor decks which overlook the ocean and views. Other features include large lounge and dining spaces, smaller lounge areas, gardens and walking paths, a workshop and art studio, computer room, fitness room, bus for outings, and Snoezelen room.  Some of our services include an comprehensive activity program 7 days per week, hair salon, laundry service for personal items; pet therapy; pharmacist on site, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pastoral care, music therapy, dietician, medical lab support, and volunteer support.

Neighbourhood/Community Amenities

We are near downtown Comox and waterfront walkways and parks.

Language, Culture or Religious Affiliation

We have translation services available for many languages.

Philosophy of Care

Our approach to care flows from the Mission Statement of St. Joseph’s Hospital and our Resident Bill of Rights.  We embrace each person – resident, family member, staff member and volunteer as an integral part of our community as a whole.

We believe that quality of life can be experienced at each stage of one’s journey, including end of life, when supported by a loving and caring community. 

We work toward providing each resident with as individual an experience as possible within facility living.

Accreditation

Obtained Accreditation with Exemplary Standing in 2013.
Accreditation is an external peer review process to assess and improve the services health care organizations provide to their patients and clients, based on standards of excellence set by Accreditation Canada. For more information, visit here: http://www.accreditation.ca.

Type of Accommodation

There are single rooms, double rooms and some four bed rooms. Each room has either a 2-piece bathroom or a 2-piece bathroom with shower. Most rooms have either an ocean or garden view.

Cost

Residents pay up to 80% of their after-tax income which covers the cost of food and accommodation.

Special Recreational Opportunities

We provide a wide range of activities and social opportunities for all levels of cognition. There are exercise programs, large and small group activities, individual visitation, music therapy and music programs, a Snoezelen room opportunity, many community volunteer opportunities, intergenerational programs, religious and fellowship meetings. As well, we have a large computer room and exercise equipment available.

Accessibility

The facility is all on one level. Gardens and outdoor patios and decks are accessible by wheelchair and walker.

Motorized Scooter Policy

Motorized scooters and wheelchairs can be used as long as there is a safe use assessment completed by our Occupational Therapist.

Pet Policy

Residents’ pets can visit but not reside in the facility. Visiting pets must be well groomed, well behaved and have current vaccinations.  Pet visitation volunteers participate in our facility.  Those pets have been through a training program to ensure they are resident friendly (for example St. John’s Ambulance Pet Visitation or Pacific Assistance Programs).

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted inside the facility. There is a protected outdoor area on the deck overlooking the ocean.

Safety/Security Features

Our 50-bed unit is secure with key pad entry; there are fenced gardens and walkways; a fire alarm and sprinkler system; resident call system at each bedside and in the bathrooms.

Overhead lifting equipment in every resident room.

Any Other Amenities

One respite bed available for community clients. This is accessed through Home and Community Care.

Visiting Information

During influenza season (typically December-March), to help protect patients from the flu, all visitors will be expected to wear a mask in our facilities if they have not had a flu shot. For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) and Influenza Protection Policy (PDF).

Note:  Provincial policy requires all visitors to be informed:  "Violence, foul language and abusive behaviours are not acceptable. Verbal threats or acts of violence will not be tolerated and may result in removal from this facility and/or prosecution."