Access to subsidized residential care is coordinated by Island Health staff. For more information on subsidized residential care, contact the Home Health Office nearest you. Please do not contact the Operator directly regarding subsidized residential care. For information on private residential care, please refer to the Seniors Housing Directory of BC.
Publicly Subsidized Units: 101
Private-Pay Units: 0
Constructed in 2007, this 101 bed multi-level care facility is built to the latest standards. It sits on a relatively flat property of 2.5 acres. It is well treed at the front with magnificent views over the Ladysmith area including the ocean.
There is extensive parking shared with a church located next to the facility. The building is constructed of concrete and has many other safety and security features.
It is three storeys high at the front entrance and one storey below grade respecting the typography of the area.
The facility residential areas are divided into smaller communities for more intimate living. The interior design while being contemporary has been described as non-institutional and very appealing.
There is provision for public and private space along with generous lounge areas. The Lodge has an area for wellness programs and is in process of getting it up and running. There is a “Lodge town meeting” area for special events. A hair salon is in the Lodge. There are Spas on each floor for residents who prefer bathing to showers. Secure outside areas.
Ladysmith provides wonderful recreation opportunities; it has a lovely and charming city centre; and very close to Nanaimo while still having a myriad of health and other services in Ladysmith for the residents living in the community. We encourage readers to check the Ladysmith Web Site: www.ladysmith.ca to learn more about the community and to keep current with changes. The Lodge is adjacent to the Ambulance Station as well as the Ladysmith Community Health Centre. The Lodge is also within 4 blocks of La Rosa which is primarily senior’s accommodation with both private pay and government funded units. The Centre is registered for providing Assisted Living services.
There are three floors of resident accommodation with the second floor having two distinct areas.
Language, Culture or Religious Affiliation
All employees are expected to be fully able to communicate in English (orally and in writing). Most residents have English as their primary language.
Philosophy of Care
The Lodge believes in a “Resident First” approach. We fully endorse a care approach that maximizes resident independence, resident participation, and maximizing operational efficiencies allowing best opportunity to take full advantage of quality social, health, and care as well as other needed supports for our residents. We support open and honest communication. We strive to attract staff that support our vision and drive to be care leaders.
Presently exploring the accreditation process. Management and staff are gearing up for doing this in the future and preparations are under way.
Accreditation is an external peer review process to assess and improve the services health care organizations provide to their patients and clients, based on standards of excellence set by Accreditation Canada. For more information, visit here: http://www.accreditation.ca.
Type of Accommodation
- All Rooms are generously sized and are designed for single occupant use.
- There are two rooms designed for double occupancy use.
- All rooms have provision for overhead lifts for those residents who are in need of such assistance.
- All rooms are designed to be fully handicap accessible.
- Each room has its own bathroom and there are Spas on every floor.
- Many rooms have lovely views.
Residents pay up to 80% of their after tax income which covers the cost of food and accommodation.
Special Recreational Opportunities
- Social Activities includes but not limited to Happy Hour, Birthday Parties with entertainment, lunch and a movie
- Entertainment – piano, harp and variety of other entertainment
- Creative – craft and art programs; Resident Music Program
- Physical – Tai Chi, fitness with music, bowling, golfing, magnetic darts
- Spiritual – church services, gardening, reminiscence programs
- Cognitive/Intellectual – trivia, news reading, puzzles
- Community Involvement – bus outings, local luncheon outings, breakfasts in restaurants, community bingo, community church services
- Cultural – Men’s group, Ladies Circle, multi-cultural celebrations; Bingo
- Emotional – Sensory programs, 1:1 Validation Therapy
- Volunteer Program including Candy stripers
- Pet Therapy
- Resident Council meetings are Chaired by Activities Coordinator and always followed by afternoon tea.
The building and grounds are designed to accommodate and to address full handicap accessibility.
Visitors are permitted to bring pet dogs along with the understanding the owners are fully responsible for their animal’s behaviour. Sanctions may apply and visitors are required to seek prior approval from the on-site manager before animals are allowed on the premises. No animals are permitted overnight.
Non-smoking building with provision for smokers to indulge in designated outside areas.
- The building is constructed to the highest standards
- 24 hour passive security
- There are cameras and electronically controlled doors
- Reception on site 5 days a week
The facility is licensed and can only provide services to individuals as restricted by the license. The Vancouver Island Health Authority is responsible for assessing placement of individuals to the Lodge. Generally speaking the lodge can cater to most physical, mental and behavioural issues but reserves the right to refuse individuals due to operational considerations especially around the safety of staff and other residents.
Any Other Amenities
There is a Special Geriatric Mental Health Centre within the Lodge for individuals with severe dementia.
Recreation activities are provided to the 12 residents of the Mental Health Unit encompassing a holistic approach addressing individual and group needs on the unit.
During influenza season (typically December-March), to help protect patients from the flu, all visitors will be expected to wear a mask in our facilities if they have not had a flu shot. For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) and Influenza Protection Policy (PDF).
Note: Provincial policy requires all visitors to be informed: "Violence, foul language and abusive behaviours are not acceptable. Verbal threats or acts of violence will not be tolerated and may result in removal from this facility and/or prosecution."