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Who We Are

Eden Gardens is operated by the Nanaimo Travellers Lodge Society, a non-profit organization and a registered charity (charity #130520562 RR 0001).

General Case Brochure

Learn more about Eden Gardens and what makes us different. Download our general case brochure.

Mission Statement

Eden Gardens greatly improves the lives of dementia sufferers by combating the three plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom. Eden Gardens enriched, safe environment helps to provide residents and day program participants with full and abundant lives.

Vision Statement

Eden Gardens is committed to becoming the centre of excellence for dementia on Central Vancouver Island - a "Home" with active links to the community.

Values Statement

Eden Gardens primary focus is to ensure Elders who live in our Home enjoy the best possible quality of life in addition to the standard necessities of shelter, food, companionship, spirituality, safety and the right of choice. We take pride in fostering a philosophy of care that engages the Elders, their families, the community and all levels of the organization in creating an environment that embodies caring and interacting with other living things, spontaneity and joyful moments. We are committed to and accountable for treating those in our Home with compassion, respect, honesty, and integrity. We strive to continuously improve our Elders' lives and ourselves through learning, listening and engaging in open and honest communication.

Our Elders

About 65 new residents will come to Eden Gardens each year. The average age of our Elders in residence is between 80 and 85 years although much younger people have also lived with us. With so few dedicated dementia beds available in the community, NTLS is working with Elders who are older when admitted and who have more complex dementia care needs, and who, consequently, require more specialized services once admitted. Eden Gardens has three busy Adult Day Programs that run Monday to Friday, Daybreak, Stepping Stones and Community Bathing. These programs serve approximately 160 Elders with dementia who are living at home.

Residential Programs

Eden Gardens offers 130 residential beds for Elders with advanced stages of dementia.

Day Programs

The two Day Programs, Day Break and Stepping Stones operate five days per week. We provide a safe environment which reinforces daily living skills and a social outlet for those who are at the beginning stages of dementia, but who are still able to live at home.

The Community Bathing Program operates five days per week, providing a safe bathing option for about 25 Elders.


Dementia strikes people from all walks of life. Eden Gardens is a not-for-profit facility, subsidized by Island Health and private fundraising. The doors to our caring home are open to individuals with dementia based on their needs, not their income level.

All Elders who live at Eden Gardens pay for part of their services. The amount each Elder pays is determined by the Ministry of Health and is dependent on their income level from their Income Tax Assessment.

Eden Gardens
1917 Northfield Road, Nanaimo, BC V9S 3B6
Eden Gardens
(250) 758-4676