Two long-term care beds are being integrated within the Watson Lake Community Hospital, with 4.5 full-time equivalent Licensed Practical Nurses to provide 24-hour support, seven days a week.
The beds will open following staff recruitment and community input to ensure the appropriate programming. Community feedback will inform the development of living spaces, including furnishings and decor, to ensure they are welcoming and culturally appropriate.
Occupancy levels were analyzed to ensure there is capacity for adding the new beds. The hospital has developed protocols should there be an unexpected surge in the need for acute care beds.
Yukon Hospital Corporation and the Government of Yukon collaborated to make these new resources available. These beds are part of a Continuing Care program offered in a hospital space and with hospital services and staffing.
Our government continues to transform the Yukon’s health care system and respond to the needs of our growing territory. We are very pleased to improve services by adding these important resources that will support Yukoners to age closer to loved ones and in the comfort of their own community. Thank you to the Yukon Hospital Corporation for their collaboration on this people-centred initiative.
Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee
These additional continuing care beds will enable the right care at the right place and at the right time. The hospital is pleased to support expanded Continuing Care services in Watson Lake in a way that reflects community input and meets long-term health needs.
Allan Lucier, Chair, Board of Trustees, Yukon Hospital Corporation
The vision of the Aging in Place Action Plan is to ensure Yukoners can access the supports they need to live safe, independent and comfortable lives in their own home or community for as long as possible, regardless of age, income or ability level.