In times of COVID, new Richmond community safely brings seniors together

If there is anything the coronavirus quarantine has taught us it’s this: we need each other.

But we also need to be safe, especially seniors.

How can we be safe, but not lonely and isolated?

British Columbia has been touted as a model of how to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. In Metro Vancouver, the city of Richmond had the lowest number of Covid-19 cases. And, throughout the entire province, none of the deaths from the virus were in independent senior living communities.

“Seniors, our pioneers, did the groundwork for what we enjoy today. We want to keep everyone active and healthy,” says Rob Howard, the president of New Coast Lifestyles.

New Coast Lifestyles is in the final stages of opening Hamilton High Street, a resort-inspired development for seniors in one of Richmond’s up-and-coming neighbourhoods.

The development’s 30 condos sold out in just 11 days. There is still availability for some of the 100 rental units which combine independent living with full access to amenities such as a restaurant and bistro, fireplace lounge, pool, spa, barber shop and creative arts centre. Depending on your suite, you can cook in your apartment, make a reservation any time you want in the restaurant or have food delivered to your door. It’s all about having choices.

Round-the-clock personal care services are also available.

“You can move in when you’re totally independent but as you age and your needs change, we will be there to provide services,” Howard says.

“Seniors won’t feel isolated,” he adds. “Our central location lets seniors continue to feel part of the community and also allows us to bring the community into the building.”

Starting in early summer 2020, people can schedule a tour. All staff have been trained in health and safety procedures and every effort is being taken to keep people safe during all stages of the transition.

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