Tucked away on seven acres of lush green land, lies a seniors’ village that’s doing things a little differently.
They call it the Campus of Care. A retirement community at the Nanaimo Seniors Village focused on keeping families together longer.
An article by The New York Academy of Science links the effects of loneliness and social isolation – two conditions often faced by seniors – to cognitive decline and mental health conditions such as depression and dementia.
At Nanaimo Seniors Village, community members and their spouses can live independently on-site, with the peace and comfort of knowing that qualified health-care professionals are nearby.
The Campus of Care offers three levels of support: Independent Living, Assisted Living and Complex Care. The three-tiered approach provides a smooth and gradual transition for seniors as they age and require more assistance, and avoids the shock of suddenly being whisked away to an unfamiliar and isolating new residence. As residents shift into a higher level of care, their spouses accompany them every step of the way.
Cliff Hobbis and his wife Mary lived in three different seniors’ homes before eventually settling in at Nanaimo Seniors Village, which they have called home for the past four years.
“We like it here very much,” Hobbis says. “We enjoy the residents and like to see people smiling. It feels like home.”
Regardless of the level of care required, all residents have access to a plethora of amenities. A typical morning could be spent at the hairdressers before taking a pre-lunch stroll around the property’s beautiful gardens and courtyards. After lunch, residents could take in a film at the on-site movie theatre or play a round of billiards in the entertainment room.
For Marie Mjoen, joining the community was never part of the original plan.
“Good friends of mine moved into Nanaimo Seniors Village and invited me for lunch,” Mjoen says. “I thought it was beautiful here. I decided to come in for a full tour and I’ve now been living here for over a year and I love it!”
Nanaimo Seniors Village is a campus of care for seniors. If you would like to make an appointment to visit the community call 250-729-9524 or visit retirementconcepts.com for more information.