Concerned residents and their families at the Mountain View Home in Abbotsford are staging a rally today hoping to keep the 25-bed mental health facility open.
The situation is complex.
Originally, Fraser Health told residents the facility would close last August but relief came last month when the authority told residents they wouldn’t have to move.
But still at issue is Fraser Health has told residents that if they left the facility for whatever reason, the beds will not be refilled.
The rally is being held to keep the beds filled for those who need licensed residential care.
Katherine Hamilton with the BC Nurses Union is urging Fraser Health to keep the Abbotsford mental health facility open, saying three beds have already been closed due to patients leaving, so it’s only a matter of time before the facility is closed for good.
“These beds are critical. It is imperative to keep Mountain View Home open to its full capacity providing the services that are so needed in this region.”
“There’s not enough resources already at the Fraser Valley, if they close this home we would be a critical low.”
She says the community organized the rally intended to send a message to Fraser Health.
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