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Berwick is the name behind some of the most beautiful senior living buildings in British Columbia. Royal Oak, just outside of Victoria, is one more example of their finesse in turning senior living into a “Wow! experience.” From the stone construction exterior, to the multiplicity of dining options, to palatial suites, everything about this community speaks to Berwick’s emphasis on creating wonderful living experiences for our elders.
This is a place where you’ll feel like royalty. You leave behind all the inconveniences of home ownership or living alone, to move into a space where you’re treated with respect and compassion by staff, and the people around you are all at their absolute best thanks to the generously luxurious setting. This is like living in a luxury resort that you can call home. Throughout Royal Oak, you’ll see people who have evidently formed comfortable friendships. Care staff (senior living experts) tend closely to the seniors and you can witness an easy rapport between many staff members and those in their care.
Suites are notably spacious and luxurious. This really feels like creating a new home for yourself, comfortable, and bright, and including main floor walkouts, or upper floor suites with roomy balconies or bay windows. The full continuum of care (independent living to assisted to long term care) here makes it a welcoming place for couples who have varying needs, and a safe landing spot for those whose needs may increase in the future and who don’t want to move later.
Dining here is focused on health and choices, with meals prepared by a red seal chef, and the food … well it’s simply delicious. Residents dine in elegant style in the wonderful dining room, plus there’s outdoor dining. Along with those options, there’s an onsite pub (The Shield and Dragon), plus a bistro. This plethora of options is another way in which this feels like a palatial resort, a free space for seniors to meet friends, relax and live.
We asked Berwick Royal Oak to answer the following questions:
Who are you as a community?
Berwick Royal Oak is a truly innovative resort-style retirement residence that has taken the always high Berwick standards to a whole new level of affordable luxury on Vancouver Island. Every aspect of this new 4.5-acre oasis reflects the consistently high quality of amenities, services and care provided — from the gorgeously landscaped gardens to the exceptionally comfortable and beautifully designed suites.
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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Dave Clark, family member
"My Mother in law is here. Great place, staff and care!"
George Fraser, resident
"Outstanding facilities, gardens, activities, menu, staff and management. Close to shopping malls, Commonwealth Place, public library, forest trails, bus south to downtown, or north to Ferry or Sydney. "
Laura Reilly, resident
"Mom moved into her suite at Berwick Royal Oak in June 2021 and she loves living there. She had wanted to move for several years and finally did. She keeps telling me how content she is. The staff are outstanding she says, and I completely agree; the staff go above and beyond. Her suite has everything she needs and the community is bustling with activities and the food is very good. She was lucky to have friends already as residents when she moved in, and she has made many more in the last two mo..."
Independent Living (definition)
Cost from $4,350
At Berwick by the Sea, 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 by the Sea, your all-inclusive seaside 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. 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.
Assisted Living (definition)
Cost from $4,350
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 $6,995
Licensed Care in our Brio Care Suites is available at Berwick Royal Oak 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.
|1-bed||587 - 702||$4,350 (Rent)||+$700 per month||
|1-bed + den||767 - 905||$5,070 (Rent)||+$700 per month||
|2-bed||745 - 869||$5,460 (Rent)||+$700 per month||
|2-bed + den||1376 - 1992||$9,900 (Rent)||+$700 per month||
We never underestimate the importance of delicious meals created with fresh, local ingredients, beautifully prepared and served. Our Red Seal chefs create menus that will not only tempt your taste buds and delight your senses but are also designed to provide optimum nutrition. At Berwick, 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 flavourful 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 choices for all tastes. We know that you may prefer to eat a little differently each day to accommodate your schedule of activities and daily fluctuations to your appetite. That is why you will find no assigned seating at Berwick Royal Oak. Whether you choose to enjoy our full table service in the elegant dining room or informal self-serve in the bistro with its own unique menu, our flexible meal options are designed to accommodate you. Host a family affair or special occasion in our beautifully appointed private dining room. We never underestimate the importance of food service and dining options; that is The Berwick Way.
Meal service : Bistro: (daytime), Pub, Table service, Tray service in suite (included)
Seating type : Open seating
Special diets : Ethnic, Gluten Free, Low sodium, Vegetarian
Residence Amenities & Services
The amenities at Berwick by the Sea have been designed with you in mind. We have created unique rooms and spaces for you to enjoy alone or with friends. Whether you are seeking some peace and quiet or an energetic activity to put a smile on your face, our common areas are yours to enjoy.
Programs & Activities
On behalf of our entire team at Berwick Royal Oak, I invite you and your family to visit us in Victoria and to call on us for support and resources during this time of change. I am privileged to be part of this beautiful, expansive 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.Currently accepting move-ins. Request suite details.
Test Drive the Lifestyle – Short Term Stays at Berwick
by Berwick Royal Oak
We have been offering Berwick Short Term stays at some of our communities on Vancouver Island, so that people can get a feel for what it’s really like living at a Berwick.
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by Berwick Royal Oak
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by Berwick Royal Oak
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At Berwick Royal Oak, you will discover the true meaning of affordable and luxurious retirement living. This exceptional residence provides you with amenities that are unprecedented in a retirement community. Uniquely designed to appeal to the most discerning of tastes, our warm and inviting community offers a relaxed and comfortable environment in a strategically located neighbourhood with public transit at the front door. Banking, shops and services are all within walking distance with easy access to Saanich Commonwealth Centre, Greater Victoria Public Library, Broadmead Village Shopping Centre and local churches and parks. We are within 20 km of BC Ferries and Victoria International Airport, making travel for you or your outof- town family easy and accessible. Whether you decide to walk, ride or take advantage of our Berwick About Town (BAT) Mobile car service, you will be within easy reach of all the shops and services you want and enjoy. Come and explore all that Berwick Royal Oak has to offer.
Berwick Royal Oak is located at 4680 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria, British Columbia, V8Z 0B4.
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