DRDH Begins Construction on New Long-Term Care Home


artist rendering of new Four Seasons Lodge Long-Term Care Home

Pictured here is an artist rendering of the future 96-bed Four Seasons Lodge Long-Term Care Home at Deep River and District Health.


This week marks an exciting milestone for Deep River and District Health (DRDH), as construction activities are beginning on the new Four Seasons Lodge Long-Term Care Home.

Following a rigorous tendering process, DRDH was pleased to award the contract to build the new 71,000 square foot, 2 story, 96-bed Long-Term Care Home to Frecon Construction Limited. Site preparation is already underway, with further onsite activities and excavation ramping up in the coming weeks. Construction for the new home is planned to take just over 2 years, with residents anticipated to move in as early as 2027.

To commemorate this milestone, a groundbreaking celebration will be held for our community, partners, and supporters at the site of the new home this summer.

“We are absolutely thrilled to enter the construction phase of this project,” stated Janna Hotson, DRDH President and CEO. “Seeing the home take shape is an exciting moment for our entire community. Our team has shown unwavering dedication to growing our long-term care services since the project was approved in 2018, and this milestone is a testament to that hard work and commitment.”

“Thanks to the incredible support from our community and partners, we are making great strides in increasing much-needed long-term care services closer to home,” added Hotson.

This $56 million investment represents a landmark in DRDH’s commitment to enhancing local access to long-term care and growing health services locally. With a growing number of people awaiting long-term care, the new Four Seasons Lodge will provide care for 96 individuals, significantly increasing DRDH’s capacity to provide care.

Community support for the project has been extraordinary, with over $1.8 million raised through the Closer to Home campaign to support the new home. The campaign, designed to rally local support, aims to secure the necessary funds for furnishings and equipment to transform the building into a true home for its residents.

As a not-for-profit organization, DRDH relies on fundraising, grants, and long-term financing to fund the project. While the campaign has made remarkable progress, achieving 73% of its $2.5 million fundraising goal, DRDH continues to invite individuals and businesses to join in this noble cause. Donor support is crucial to the success of this project and the future well-being of our residents and community. Together, we can ensure that DRDH remains a beacon of excellent, compassionate care for generations to come.

For more information on the Long-Term Care Development Project, including how to donate to the Closer to Home campaign and view video updates about the project, please visit drdhfoundation.com/closer-to-home.  


DRDH team members and residents celebrate construction announcement for new long-term care home

Pictured here on June 24, 2024 are members of the DRDH team and residents celebrating the construction announcement overlooking the build site of the future 96-bed Four Seasons Lodge Long-Term Care Home.