Home to 130 Residents
Currently home to 130 residents, Eden Gardens admits about 65 new residents each year, with an average age of 85 years. As few dedicated dementia beds are available in the community, the residents who are moving into our home are often older when admitted and have more complex dementia care needs, and consequently require more specialized services once admitted.
Communities, Neighborhoods and Private Rooms
Eden Gardens is divided into six communities, each with two connecting neighbourhoods that include 11 private resident rooms. Each neighbourhood has large windows with views of courtyard gardens, on the main floor and atriums on the upper floor. A family room with TV is a gathering place for socializing and entertainment, and each neighbourhood has a quiet area with a fireplace.
Each private resident room has a three-piece bathroom and fully furnished bedroom complete with TV. Dining takes place within the neighbourhood to create a homey environment where residents can assist with setting the tables and enjoy their mealtimes with their neighbours. Public spaces provide an opportunity to visit with other residents and family members, and venture outside into the many secure gardens to enjoy the patio or the infinity garden and its fish pond.
Food Service staff cook and serve a variety of nutritious meals for our residents and Day Program clients. Our dietician prepares a five-week cycle menu and meets the modification needs of our residents.
Family members are welcome to enjoy a meal with their loved ones at a nominal charge. Guest meals are $10, and special occasions $12. For reservations please notify the kitchen no less than ONE HOUR prior to meal service by calling 250-758-4676, please press “1”and then leave a message with your request for dining. Payment can be made at the front reception desk.
Our dietician completes a nutritional assessment of all residents on admission and welcomes input from family members. Nutritional status and weight are monitored on a regular basis
Feeling at home
Moving into residential care is a major transition for most people and can be especially difficult for those with moderate to severe dementia. Families are often waiting for a bed to become available and then have to take the opportunity as soon as it arises. This transition is often quick and unexpected, causing trauma to the new resident and stress for the family.
The following tips have proven to be helpful for others in reducing stress and anxiety:
Make their room their own.
Personalize your resident’s room and comfort level with cozy, homey items such as blankets, lamps or artwork. We encourage families or friends to bring familiar things that will provide feelings of contentment and positive memories. Items can be placed in your loved one’s memory box outside the door to their room.
Become familiar with Eden Gardens
Our staff members are very knowledgeable and understanding, and will provide gentle, directional cueing for new residents as the resident learns their way around the neighborhood. Feel free to discuss the resident’s needs and habits with our staff and take walks with your loved one around Eden Gardens to get accustomed to this new home.
Get Involved in activities.
Our Activity Department aims to provide each resident with opportunities for social involvement with other residents, staff and volunteers, and with our much-loved resident pets throughout their stay with us. If you like, join in with some of the activities or help introduce your loved one to one of our pets to ease the transition.