Residents of a psychiatric home in Abbotsford say they are scared and anxious that the facility is set to close.
Registered nurse Patrick Newby says 25 people at Mountainview Home are slated to move next summer to a new facility that he says is nowhere near completion.
“We used to have a reportable incident, about three a year. And since Fraser Health came in and bombarded us with this announcement, we’ve had five reportable incidents since that time.”
Newby adds the Abbotsford area has fewer overall mental-health care beds than a year ago — at a time, he says, when more are desperately needed.
Fraser Health spokesperson Tasleem Juma says mental health patients’ needs in Abbotsford are changing, and that’s why they’re building a new facility.
She acknowledges change will be tough for residents forced to move, but there will be more options at the new place to meet their needs.
“The composition of these beds is changing, and we are adding supported independent living to this mix of beds that are going to be available in the community, so in fact we are adding ten beds into the community of Abbotsford.”
She says more patients will be able to live independently, with support.