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Berwick Retirement creates some of the most beautiful communities in BC, many at some of the most attractive waterfront locations in the province. There’s something to be said for the revitalization value of living in a location like Berwick on the Lake. It really does “impress on every level” and we’re hard-pressed to isolate factors to highlight, but the location, care, and dining here are certainly a few.
Berwick on the Lake is like living in a five star hotel, one where you are served on a daily basis by staff that goes above and beyond. Tour the community and you’ll see staff members genuinely enjoying the interactions they have with residents. Staff here has a reputation for promptly responding to requests for help. Family members and residents acclaim the depth of attention that staff give to those in their care.
The dining here is superb fare daily, prepared by red seal chefs. Food is prepared using fresh ingredients, and the shared meals tend to be lively experiences involving both staff and residents. There’s a games room and a library that people enjoy, while the lakefront location creates a palpably chill vibe. Nearby there are all the conveniences you’ll ever need. After moving here, seniors find that they have many connections with others. One more noteworthy aspect of this community is the continuum of care available here. It’s an ideal solution for couples with varying care needs.
We asked Berwick On The Lake to answer the following questions:
Who are you as a community?
The definition of resort-style retirement living, Berwick on the Lake’s gorgeous, peaceful setting on Long Lake in Nanaimo is perfectly complemented by the superior quality of the amenities and services we provide. This is affordable luxury at its finest, with an abundance of fine features along with 24 hour care staff. Contact us today to arrange a personal tour. We look forward to seeing you.
What do you do differently or uniquely well?
Berwick offers a resort-style lifestyle in unparalleled locations throughout British Columbia. it's inspired senior living designed to empower independent seniors to thrive, stay active and engaged. Our resort-style amenities and services enable residents to age on their own terms. With multiple dining venues from restaurant-style dining rooms, a grab n' go Bistro and traditional English pubs offering seasonal menus and local wines, fitness centres with state-of-the-art equipment, many thoughtfully designed multipurpose spaces for more opportunities to engage with others or pursue interests on your own time, expansive suites with kitchenettes, and a robust wellness program all designed to help you maintain your independence.
What supports do you offer residents as they adjust to life there?
As advocates for seniors, we believe that by learning about their lives and interests, and helping them articulate their needs and wants, we can truly facilitate the transition from a situation that is not quite working anymore, whether to our community or elsewhere. In the event that one of these amazing people decides to call Berwick their home, we are then able to welcome them in a way that says, “This is home.”
What might residents find surprising about your community?
We are proud to be locally-owned and operated by father and son, Gordon and Chris Denford. From the opening of our very first retirement community, the Denford’s realized the importance of creating a warm and welcoming community that put the needs of our residents first. Gordon and Chris are actively involved in the development and operation of each unique location and their philosophy of accessible, approachable and effective listening allows
Berwick to adapt quickly to the residents’ changing needs. Their openness and commitment to our residents can be felt in every aspect of life at all our Berwick’s.
What five facts about your community should people know?
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Beth Paton, resident
"The food is really wonderful. We have two choices everyday for both lunch and dinner. There’s a pub which is a little less formal. And the bistro is a third eating area, where you can ‘help yourself.’
I wanted to come here because I had back and leg problems. Standing up to prepare meals was hard. We were eating more prepared meals and that sort of thing. I like not having to think about what we’re having, then to stand up and prepare it. It was a big enough job to cook for ..."
Lauren Young, family member
"My mother has lived at Berwick for a year. It is a gorgeous facility located on a picturesque lake. Unlike other Senior facilities, that have a very contrived, sterile atmosphere, Berwick feels like a classy Inn with a friendly atmosphere. The interior design of Berwick is exceptional. The food is excellent. I especially like the Bistro feature where you can have meals prepared by a chef. They are scrumptious and every bit as good as a high quality restaurant. The staff are friendly and there is..."
Collette MacAskill, family member
"Would highly recommend Berwick on the Lake for respite care on the Brio Intermediate Care unit. Berwick is a beautiful facility right on the Lake with the most beautiful views, gardens, and the entire facility is lovely! Dining Room staff were great and the food usually was excellent. Brio Unit is filled with very caring and nurturing health care aids and some excellent LPNs. My father had high intensity and complex needs as a palliative and end stage renal failure patient. Having RNs on staff w..."
We hear from our residents why they chose a Berwick and why they decided to move into Independent Living.
Independent Living (definition)
Cost from $3,500
At Berwick on the Lake, we are constantly looking to redefine what active aging means for our residents. We respect your independence and will always provide the highest standard of professional service, delivered in a warm and friendly manner, to ensure you feel right at home. Our Independent Living offers an escape from the day-to-day chores of running a home, preparing meals and keeping up with housekeeping. Our extended recreational sports and extensive health and wellness programs provide endless opportunties to engage as little or as much as you choose. Take up a new sport, channel your inner artist, build new friendships or discover a new passion. When you choose Berwick on the Lake, your all-inclusive waterfront lifestyle includes your suite complete with heat, hydro, air-conditioning and classic cable TV and Internet. You will enjoy three delicious chef-prepared meals and snacks daily, weekly housekeeping and linen service to keep your home sparkling, full access to our active living programs, access to our transportation services including the Berwick Bus and Berwick Around Town (BAT) car, and our 24/7 emergency pendant monitoring ensures that you have security and support around the clock if you need it.
Assisted Living (definition)
Cost from $3,500
Enhanced Living Services are here to help when you need some extra support to maintain your independence. We will work with you to schedule additional services, as and when you need them, to ensure that you remain independent and able to enjoy life to the fullest.
Long-term Care (definition)
Cost from $5,720
Licensed Care in our Brio Care Suites is available at Berwick on the Lake to ensure you have access to a 24/7 supportive care option. Our team of licensed skilled nurses and registered care aids will offer care and comfort to each resident.
|Studio||450||$3,300 (Rent)||+$700 per month||
|1-bed||570||$3,500 (Rent)||+$700 per month||
|1-bed + den||680||$4,250 (Rent)||+$700 per month||
|2-bed||720||$4,350 (Rent)||+$700 per month||
We never underestimate the importance of delicious meals created with fresh and nutritious ingredients, beautifully prepared and served. Choice is everything — our Red Seal chefs create varied menus that will tempt your taste buds, delight your senses and provide optimum nutrition. Whenever possible, we believe in supporting our local bakers and farmers to ensure that our meals are prepared with the highest quality local ingredients available. Our five different lunch and dinner meal options include flavorful homemade soups, fresh baked bread, artfully seasoned entrées, delectable desserts and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are designed to provide lots of variety for all tastes. We can easily accommodate your schedule of activities and daily fluctuations to your appetite with our flexible dining options. So, whether you choose to enjoy our full table service in the bright dining room or sample tastings in our monthly pop-up cooking demonstrations; our flexible meal options are designed to suit you.
Meal service : Bistro: (daytime), Table service, Tray service in suite (included)
Seating type : Open seating
Special diets : Ethnic, Gluten Free, Low sodium, Vegetarian
Residence Amenities & Services
Programs & Activities
On behalf of Gordon and Chris Denford, and the entire staff of Berwick on the Lake, I invite you and your family to visit us at Berwick in the Lake and to call on us for support and resources during this time of change. I am privileged to be part of this beautiful, lake-side community and hope to make your visit enjoyable and meaningful. As advocates and counselors for seniors, we believe that by learning about their lives and interests, and helping them articulate their needs and wants, we can truly facilitate the transition from a situation that is not quite working anymore, whether to our community or elsewhere. In the event that one of these amazing people decides to call Berwick their home, we are then able to welcome them in a way that says, “This is home.”
|Medical and other support staff|
|Registered Practical Nurses|
|Personal Support Workers|
|Foot care specialist||visiting 1x/month|
Care options available:
Berwick is absolutely committed to the safety of all residents and employees and monitors the COVID-19 situation with vigilance. We have taken the necessary steps to ensure our entire team is well-trained and has been proactively implementing provincial government health-and-safety protocols, while also providing both health and social supports to the residents and employees of Berwick. To keep our communities COVID-19 free, no stone has been left unturned. We have multiple layers of safety protocols and infrastructure in place to protect seniors and employees including enhanced and increased sanitization stations, mandatory face masks for employees, active pre-screening for visitors, amenities retrofitted with plexiglass barriers where appropriate. Berwick remains committed to creating safe, vibrant, independent, and healthy communities for residents.
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Hugging the Shores of Beautiful Long Lake, Berwick on the Lake is waterfront living at its finest. The city of Nanaimo is a classic West Coast community, offering natural beauty at every turn, and vast recreation potential. Nanaimo has one of the longest shorelines in Canada, and a forested mountain backdrop just outside downtown. Here, you can go from the wilderness to the city centre in just a few minutes.
Berwick On The Lake is located at 3201 Ross Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9T 6L9.
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