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Caregiver Resources

Finding the best care for your family member with dementia can be challenging. Your first step is contacting VIHA's Home and Community Care, whether you are interested in residential care or having a family member attend a community day program.

Dementia has been described as a syndrome with a very long goodbye period. The stages through which people with dementia move are often difficult and very stressful and exhausting for their caregivers.

One way of coping as a caregiver is to become familiar with your resources. Eden Gardens has a Family Council group that can be a good resource starting point.

An excellent community resource is the Alzheimer Society of BC - Central Vancouver Island chapter that offers classes and support groups that are very valuable for their educational opportunities and emotional support. Services offered in Nanaimo include:

  • Caregiver Support group
  • Early Stage support group
  • Family Caregiver Series
  • Shaping the Journey
  • Information and support services
Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers Support Group
The group meets the second Thursday of the month
10:30 a.m. to noon
Alzheimer Resource Centre at # 200 - 1585 Bowen Road, Nanaimo
Support appointments available by appointment, please contact Jane Hope at 250-734-4170, e-mail
Alzheimer Society of British Columbia
North and Central Vancouver Island Resource Centre
#200-1585 Bowen Road
Nanaimo, BC
V9S 1G4
Phone: 250-734-4173
For more information about helping your loved one, please visit the B.C. Alzheimer's Society website
Eden Gardens
1917 Northfield Road, Nanaimo, BC V9S 3B6
Eden Gardens
(250) 758-4676