The provincial government has provided an update on the status of the new Estevan Regional Nursing Home.

A needs assessment for Estevan Regional Nursing Home that began in October 2022 is now complete. 

 "Our government is pleased to see plans for the Estevan Regional Nursing Home moving forward," Rural and Remote Health Minister Everett Hindley said. "Infrastructure ventures require many partners and I want to express our appreciation of the Estevan Regional Nursing Home Committee for their contributions and continued commitment to this project."

The province saw a future need for approximately 59 additional long-term care beds, which would bring the total number of beds in the community to approximately 167 from the current 108 beds.

The needs assessment work focused on current and future demographic trends, clinical needs, bed numbers, the condition of the current facility, and the type of future spaces required.

 "As the need for long-term care continues to increase in the province, the Saskatchewan Health Authority, in coordination with the Government of Saskatchewan, is pleased that we are able to address this need in Estevan," Saskatchewan Health Authority Quality, Safety, and Chief Information Officer Vice President Michelle Mula said. "Moving the project forward means that residents will be able to receive care closer to home in an environment that better meets their diverse health needs."

A business case will be developed that will validate the bed numbers based on the cost estimates and other parameters.  

"We are very pleased to see the Estevan Long-Term Care home project moving into the business case phase," SaskBuilds and Procurement Minister and Estevan MLA Lori Carr said. "This work will help bring this project one step closer to procurement, design, construction and ultimately opening to serve the Estevan community."

Business case development includes an analysis of location options, scoping of building and land size requirements, environmental and heritage reviews, a traffic impact assessment, utility, zoning, drainage, and geotechnical scanning, a preliminary high-level cost estimate of each option, and a Procurement Options Analysis to determine the best procurement strategy.

The business case phase prepares the project team to enter into pre-design and design and supports fundraising efforts by the community.

The 2023-24 budget earmarked $1 million for the Estevan Long-Term Care redevelopment project.