Construction is starting this month on a new 15-room hospice residence in Langley at 219a Street and 52 Avenue.
Residents in need of end-of-life care will soon have increased options for community hospice care closer to home.
“This next step in the construction of the new Langley hospice residence will increase options for end-of-life care in the community by 50% to ensure that residents have access to personalized care and supports when they need it most,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “High-quality, compassionate hospice services play a fundamental role for people as they reach the end of their life, and our government is committed to supporting our community partners in bringing important projects like this one to completion.”
The B.C. government, through Fraser Health and BC Housing, is providing $5 million toward the hospice. The Langley Hospice Society is providing $2.28 million through community support and donations. The Province, working through the BC Centre for Palliative Care, is providing $900,000 and the Township of Langley is providing $219,000 as a grant/waiver of municipal charges. Fraser Health will continue to provide operational funding at the new residence.
“The new Langley hospice will provide people a comfortable home with compassionate and accessible end-of-life care and services,” said Selina Robison, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “For people in Langley, this means people will receive the very best care during their final days, and their families will receive the emotional support and services they need close to home.”
When the facility is completed in summer 2021, the new residence will replace the 10 hospice beds currently on the Langley Memorial Hospital campus, allowing those 10 beds to be repurposed for long-term care.
Dedicated and specially trained staff from Fraser Health will provide clinical care and services for patients. Emotional and practical support for patients and families will also be provided by Fraser Health staff, alongside Langley Hospice staff and volunteers.
The new hospice space is designed to provide individuals, families and caregivers with the means to access palliative and end-of-life care in a comfortable environment. The hospice will include specialized care spaces and private rooms with outdoor access for each resident.
Families of residents will be able to access comfortable and quiet spaces in the hospice to support their specific needs, with areas such as a dedicated sanctuary, family kitchen, laundry and washroom. The new residence will also include the community’s first bariatric room.
The new Langley Hospice residence supports Fraser Health’s plan to expand and enhance specialized care options and meet the needs of the area's communities.
A backgrounder follows.