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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

To improve the lives of those with dementia by combating the three plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom through the Eden Alternative philosophy of care.

Vision Statement

Eden Gardens is committed to be a center of excellence for dementia care.

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 value quality of life, loving companionship, active links to community, creating an environment that embodies caring and interacting with other living things, spontaneity and joyful moments. Commitment to treating Elders with compassion, respect, honesty, and integrity, and an enriched, safe environment that supports residents and day program clients to live full and abundant lives.

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