The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation cares for Central Vancouver Islanders at every stage of life. This purpose inspired a gift of $50,000 towards Eden Gardens, a 130-bed facility specializing in “complex dementia care”. The new facility is currently under construction on Northfield Road in Nanaimo, and will replace Travellers Lodge in the Spring of 2017. When the Foundation’s Board of Directors learned of the unique philosophy behind the Eden Gardens’ concept they were moved to help.
The innovative design caters to patients facing dementia and their families. The new facility will feature a “village-like atmosphere” with both public and private areas to offer residents a sense of home and community. Janice Perrino, CEO of the Hospital Foundation said, “This is a unique gift for the Foundation, but we are driven to help at every stage of life and we are honoured to aid those who are facing dementia and living at Eden Gardens.”