As one who is merging into the senior years of life, I support the new extended care facility being built in Whistle Bend. The new facility will accommodate the changing demographics that show more Yukon seniors are living well into their 90s and need special care. Also recognized are these facts:
* Whistle Bend is the chosen spot based on technical details and much thoughtful discussion on the options by Yukon government employees with the education and credentials to make recommendations to the elected officials.
* There are cost efficiencies in building a larger facility with the latest in technology that results in more beds for those in need.
* Not every new facility coming on stream fits in downtown Whitehorse.
* Being “too far” for some people means “just right” for others. While there are always those who shout “not in my backyard,” there is no perfect location.
* The seniors living in this facility will be those unable to live in their own homes, despite home care and the range of services now offered. They will need and receive 24-hour medical care.
* It does not make sense to have all your most vulnerable people living in facilities that are beside each other on the other side of the river, for emergency and evacuation reasons.
* The facility is needed sooner rather than later.
If the time comes that I become a resident of this facility, I know I will receive care from a dedicated and professional team of people, on a staff-to-resident level with a miniscule cost unlike anywhere else in Canada. I know this because I have been a frequent visitor to our current facilities, and have seen the level of care required, and the level of care provided. We are so fortunate to have a new facility underway.