February 04, 2020

100 Community Long-Term Care Beds Opening In Regina Area

One hundred long-term care spaces will soon be made available through a partnership between the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and two personal care homes.

Following a Request for Proposals (RFP) in early 2019 and a rigorous evaluation process, the SHA selected Emmanuel Villa Personal Care Home in Emerald Park and Brightwater Senior Living in Regina as the successful partners to open 100 new community long-term care spaces.  They will be offered to residents of Regina Pioneer Village whose needs can be met in the facilities, as well as to those currently approved for a long-term care bed in the Regina area. 

“Opening these 100 new community beds is an innovative way to meet the immediate need for long-term care beds in Regina area,” Executive Director of the Community Care Branch of the Ministry of Health Brad Havervold said. “This community partnership will help ensure people continue to receive the level of care they need while staying close to home.”

The new long-term care beds will improve long-term care capacity in the Regina area and help address infrastructure challenges at Regina Pioneer Village.  This continues the phased moves that began last spring when some residents of Regina Pioneer Village relocated to Wascana Rehabilitation Centre. 

There will be processes in place for residents to express their interest in these new spaces and be assessed to determine if their care needs can be met in this innovative environment. 

“Each personal care home has an agreement with the SHA that clearly defines quality of care expectations for the home,” Director of Continuing Care at the SHA Lorri Carlson said.  “Our primary concern is addressing the long-term care capacity issues in Regina, while maintaining a high standard of care for residents.  We have employees dedicated to ensuring homes follow the agreement and to address any concerns or questions that may arise during the life of the project.” 

“Having an opportunity to help address the need for more long-term care spaces and be a part of this innovative partnership with the health authority is extremely important to us,” Chief Executive Officer of Emmanuel Villa Personal Care Home Adebunmi Onasanya said.  “Just as important is giving local residents another choice for safe, high quality care that’s close to their home, their family and loved ones.” 

The community beds will be in place for a minimum of two years with potential for extension, while planning continues for the future of Regina Pioneer Village.