Health Minister Adrian Dix has announced that Kamloops will get 100 long-term care beds.
I am hoping that in consultation with Interior Health, he has some, if not all, of these beds built downtown.
I raised this issue during the downtown planning sessions and at other community budget meetings.
There are no long-term care beds in the downtown core of Kamloops. There is one assisted-living facility.
There are a number of over-55 independent-living residences, but when needing more support, seniors have to move from the downtown area.
At the downtown planning sessions, the use of the provincial land at the southwest corner of Columbia Street and Sixth Avenue was discussed.
That property would be the perfect location for a government-run long-term care/assisted-living facility.
If the health minister builds it, seniors will come.