Some residents at a provincial nursing home in downtown Charlottetown are celebrating the news they won't be moving into the replacement facility for a few more months.

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The new facility is designed to have a less institutional feel. (CBC)

 

The provincial government had hoped to move residents out of the 80-year-old Prince Edward Home in May, but now that won't happen until October.

"In terms of the physical aspects of the building — when that's expected to be completed — it's a little bit later than initially intended," said Prince Edward Home administrator Andrew MacDougall .

Construction on the new facility has been pushed back until June.

'I wish it was delayed forever.'—Joyce Heron

Then the government said it will take about three months to test equipment and train staff.

"Any time you have a project of this magnitude you are going to run into issues with contractors - particularity with supplies," said Doug Currie, minister of health and wellness.

Residents sentimental about the old hospital said a delay is good news.

"I think it's wonderful. I wish it was delayed forever," said Joyce Heron.

Residents said they worry about being isolated at the new location.

Officials with the home said they believe most are looking forward to the move. Administrators are also looking at ways to help people get downtown despite being further away.

The government said the new $18 million Prince Edward Home will replace the current aging facility adjacent to Victoria Park.

The new facility is designed to have a less institutional feel.

The province will divide the home into what it's calling 10 "households" each with 12 residents with two care workers looking after them.

There will also be more common areas for residents.