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Finding ‘home’ in a senior living community to love both today and tomorrow

For many seniors, the opportunity to age in place – with friends, in the community they love – is an essential element when choosing a residence.
The Gardens at Qualicum Beach offers a campus of care for seniors, with options including independent living, assisted living and long-term care.

For many seniors, the opportunity to age in place – with friends, in the community they love – is an essential element when choosing a residence.

That philosophy is at the heart of The Gardens at Qualicum Beach where their campus of care offers seniors the opportunity to move in as an independent resident, freeing themselves from cooking, cleaning and maintaining a private residence, to focus instead on enjoying their retirement. Choose from privately owned condominiums or Independent Living Suites in configurations ranging from studio to two-bedroom suites.

As care needs may increase, residents can continue in familiar surroundings while receiving the care and attention they may require. The Gardens also offers assisted living, meeting daily care needs, and long-term care.

A true sense of community

Backdropped by the picturesque beauty of Qualicum Beach, this seniors’ village offers couples the opportunity to retire together, regardless of their level of care.

Living at The Gardens has allowed many couples to explore individual interests in a safe environment.For those who may be currently living on their own, the social interaction with new friends can be invaluable.

A vision of excellence

The Gardens was purchased last year by The Care Group, which is owned and operated by the McIntosh family. The McIntoshes have longstanding ties to Qualicum Beach. As a family they are focused on improving the quality of life and care that residents enjoy.

General Manager Tammy King is a long term Parksville Qualicum Beach resident, who’s been with The Gardens for four years now, leading her team in providing residents with a caring, home-like environment.

Colin Montgomery recently joined the team as Director of Hospitality, bringing considerable experience in hospitality and senior living.

“Colin is integral to us attaining our vision of excellence in service and hospitality at The Gardens,” Tammy says. “He’s working with our Executive Chef Paul Robson to develop exciting and healthy meals for our residents that also capitalize on the many amazing locally grown and produced ingredients we have available here on the Island.”

The teams also work together to design festive events and specially designed menus for all seasonal occasions – the coming Robbie Burns Night looks like it will be a lot of fun, complete with Haggis!

Tiffany Palmer, RN, also recently joined the team as Director of Care for Long Term Care, bringing a deep understanding of senior care and leadership.

And for seniors or families ready to explore the many opportunities at The Gardens at Qualicum Beach, Community Relations Manager Jocelyne Asselin is happy to answer any questions – call her at 250-752-2818 or learn more at

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