Langley Hospice has officially opened its doors to locals in need of end-of-life care that is closer to home.
On Friday, May 27th, Keystone’s Architects Eric Poxleitner, Sr. Principal, and Steven Bartok, Principal, were thrilled to join the Langley Hospice Society to celebrate the completion of the 15-room hospice located at 22008, 52nd Avenue in Langley, BC. Our dedicated team worked closely with the Langley Hospice team and alongside the Fraser Health Authority, The Township of Langley, BC Housing, and donors, to create this much-needed facility where specially trained staff can now better care for their residents.
This hospice boasts several new features, including a spa room with a specialized bath, private rooms with outdoor access, and the community’s first bariatric room. Families will also have access to quiet spaces where they can support one another, such as the spiritual wellness space, and other comforting amenities including pull-out couches in every room, a kitchen, laundry room, and additional bathrooms.
Provincial and local public dignitaries came to the grand opening, among them the members of the generous MacDonald family, who were the lead sponsors and for whom the facility is formally named the “Doug and Fran MacDonald Langley Hospice Residence.” Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, has said of the facility, “With the opening of the new hospice in Langley, patients in the end stages of their lives and their families will be supported in a specialized, home-like environment designed to support each person’s unique needs.”
Keystone thoughtfully designed this distinctive, contemporary space with the goal of merging functionality with cost control measures and a deep connection to its beautiful, natural surroundings. Carefully selected design elements, such as skylights, exposed timbers, courtyard views, and an artistic mural by local artist, Felicity Holmes, allow the building to feel more like a home as opposed to a facility. The building’s roof lines were designed to resemble the natural form of a leaf to symbolize a place of sanctuary and the journey through life.