Fraser Valley – In August the staff and residents of Mountain View Home, a 25-bed licensed care facility in Yarrow, BC (Abbotsford’s eastern city limit) were given notice they will be closed by Fraser Health and their residents moved within the year.
On Tuesday evening at the Fraser Valley Regional Hospital District the board unanimously passed a motion calling on the Fraser Health Authority to reconsider their position.
The motion – introduced by Acting Hospital Board Chair and Chilliwack City Councilor Jason Lum called on Fraser Health to reverse the decision and for Fraser Health to attend a FVRHD meeting and explain to the board the reasons for the closure.
Mountain View Home is the second mental health facility closed in the Fraser Valley in the past five years, in June 2012 Sunrise Home a 30 bed facility was closed and residents were relocated.
In a press release, Fraser Health says the number of mental health beds will be increasing when their new facility opens at on Marshall Road. However residents and caregivers argue that there are differences between the types of beds that FHA is actually providing.
While the number of beds will be increasing, the staffing and licensed care provided with assisted living beds is different than licensed mental health beds.
“While we applaud FHA for opening a new facility in Abbotsford, we know that the need in our Communities for licensed mental health and addictions supports is not getting any less. Mountain View Home has a proven track record of compassionate care in an idyllic rural setting. We ask FHA to keep Mountainview Home open so that the residents who wish to stay are allowed to do so.” said Lum.
A report by Fraser Health in 2006 projected the need for 983 beds by 2016, currently FHA has less than 600 beds in the region.