Island Health announced it will keep Nanaimo Seniors Village under administration for at least two more months. (News Bulletin file photo)

Health authority extends administrator’s mandate at Nanaimo seniors home

Island Health says ‘significant progress’ being made at Nanaimo Seniors Village

Nanaimo Seniors Village will be under an administrator’s care for another couple months.

Island Health advised in a press release Saturday, May 23, that it is extending the temporary appointment of the administrator until at least July 31.

Island Health notes that its medical health officer for the central Island found “there was significant progress towards meeting legislated standards of care at Nanaimo Seniors Village” in “key areas” including staffing levels, care planning and wound care.

Dr. Paul Hasselback’s recommendation, based on reports from site administrator Susan Abermann and Island Health’s community care facilities licensing program, suggests that an extension will “ensure the recent successes can be maintained” and allow a period of time to transition site administration back to the operator.

“The administrator, her team and the operator should be commended for the progress identified to date at Nanaimo Seniors Village,” said Leah Hollins, Island Health board chairperson, in a press release. “The additional period of oversight will support the creation and implementation of a transition plan and ensure the improvements made to date are sustainable over the long term.”

B.C. Minister of Health Adrian Dix added in the press release that he strongly supports the health authority’s decision and said “we will continue to put the care and safety of seniors first before any other consideration.”

Nanaimo Seniors Village, a 150-bed long-term care facility, is owned by Retirement Concepts and operated by Pacific Reach Seniors Housing Management.

Island Health’s decision last fall to put the facility under administration came after numerous “routine and complaint-based inspections,” the health authority said at the time, and a “repeated noted deficiency” in staffing levels.

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