The Gardens at Qualicum Beach offers residents a wide variety of activities, from card games and art classes, to music performances and special holiday festivities, with protocols in place. This photo was taken before the current COVID protocols, but staff and residents have worked to find lots engaging activities.

The Gardens at Qualicum Beach offers residents a wide variety of activities, from card games and art classes, to music performances and special holiday festivities, with protocols in place. This photo was taken before the current COVID protocols, but staff and residents have worked to find lots engaging activities.

Fit, fun + social: Active living is front and centre at Qualicum seniors’ residence

For all of us, the past year has been filled with finding ways to adapt to our current reality – physically distanced walks rather than a busy aerobics class, or maybe a virtual book club over Zoom, rather an in-person discussion over snacks and drinks.

For residents and staff at the The Gardens at Qualicum Beach, providing independent living in addition to assisted living and longterm care, they’ve called on that same creativity to keep residents busy, engaged and active, with adaptations, of course.

“Fitness is so big here, and so important for our residents, so we worked to find ways to continue activities – hosting smaller classes, with residents well spaced-out,” explains Shawn Dobson, Recreation Programmer. “And because we have this amazing property, residents can also go for walks to get a little exercise and enjoy the gardens in the fresh air.”

Recognizing the importance of mental and social engagement as well, residents participate in a wide variety of activities, such as card games, bingo and art classes, and special holiday festivities, with protocols in place.

“It’s providing the social, emotional and physical components that we all need,” Dobson says.

With music a passion for many residents, The Gardens team put their heads together with local musicians to create outdoor summertime performances on the lawn. Those with balconies or patios overlooking the “stage” could watch from their suites, allowing for others to settle into distanced seating below.

With the cooler weather, those performances moved virtual, but Dobson is keen to bring back that personal approach with the warmer weather and vaccinations underway.

As a family-owned seniors’ village, maintaining residents’ connections with loved ones is also vital, so with the pandemic limiting visits from extended family and friends, the team has also been busy working with residents on video calling and other initiatives.

A campus of care providing the range of options you want

The Gardens at Qualicum Beach offers a full campus of care that lets them age in place.

Many seniors enjoy the independent living options, choosing from privately owned condominiums or Independent Living Suites that free themselves from cooking, cleaning and maintenance chores, to focus on enjoying their retirement.

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 longterm care.

To explore the opportunities at The Gardens at Qualicum Beach, call Community Relationships Manager Billy Jolicouer at 250-752-2818 or learn more at thegardensatqualicum.com.

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