Interior Health says care improved at Summerland Seniors Village

Admissions have been re-opened at Summerland Seniors Village following an investigation by Interior Health. File/ Global Okanagan

SUMMERLAND, BC – A seniors home in Summerland has been given the green light to re-open to new admission.

Summerland Seniors Village has been under supervision by the Interior Health Authority since December following questionable management and care of those in the home. IHA has not permitted any new admissions to the facility since January.

As a result of improvements, Interior Health has removed its administrator which has been overseeing the operation 7 days a week since January 25th.

“Interior Health is pleased with the progress that has been made to improve the quality of care at Summerland Seniors Village,” says Karen Bloemink, Residential Services Regional Director for the IHA. “Given the improvements we have seen in the three months… Interior Health is confident that continued improvements can be achieved.”

While new residents will be allowed to be admitted to Summerland Seniors Village, Interior Health’s presence will not disappear.

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IHA will continue to have its clinical consultant closely monitor and work with SSV managers, have ongoing weekly inspections and meetings with the operator, with a follow up quality review conducted in June.

Interior Health funds 75 of 80 residential care beds and 18 of 36 assisted living suites at Summerland Seniors Village, which is owned and operated by Retirement Concepts.

The investigation and oversight followed the death of a 92-year-old man who went unchecked for 3 days in his apartment at SSV. His wife had died earlier in the year, also under questionable circumstances. The Bonaldi family went public with their stories to demand changes at the facility.