Island Health takes control of third Retirement Concepts seniors home in months

For the third time since September, the provincial government has taken over management of a seniors home on Vancouver Island.

All three properties were run by a company called “Retirement Concepts.”

The latest property, called Selkirk Seniors Village in Vicotria, is a 217-bed extended care facility, and is now under the management of Island Health.

Island Health announced it would be taking temporary control of the property on Thursday following a report from Island Health’s Community Care Facilities Licencing program, which found the operator was failing to meet health and safety regulations.

The report found the operator failed to submit an acceptable health and safety plan, was insufficiently staffed, and had an overall lack of cleanliness.

Island Health has also documented concerns of physical and emotional abuse in the facility.

“The thorough investigation by the independent licencing program has given Island Health detailed insight into the operator’s failures at this site,” said Mark Blandford, executive director of primary care and seniors’ health for the health authority.

“Island Health will work with the administrator and operator to understand and correct the causes of these issues and develop sustainable plans to return the care delivered to legislated and contracted standards.”

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