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Island Health has entered into a partnership with Kiwanis Village Lodge Nanaimo to offer 11 new respite beds with 24-hour nursing support to eligible community members, providing caregivers with an opportunity for rest and renewal. The expanded service is made possible by the provincial government’s $75-million investment to expand respite care and adult day programs across B.C.

Family and friend caregivers are essential to the wellbeing of many B.C. seniors,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Respite services provide quality care to individuals and give caregivers the rest they need and deserve.

Island Health currently provides 50 respite beds across Vancouver Island. Additional community services for seniors and caregivers include adult day programs, community bathing services, therapeutic and recreational activities, health monitoring and day respite.

The new service at Kiwanis Village Lodge is already drawing praise from families. “on our initial visit and each subsequent one, he has been made to feel welcome and shown to his room as if he was a guest in a hotel,” said one caregiver. “The lodge itself has a calm and welcoming feel, again much like a very good hotel … it is important and effective in settling any qualms either the client or the caregiver may have.

Community partners like Kiwanis Village are an important part of Island Health’s network of care. “We value Kiwanis Village Lodge Nanaimo and our many other community-based partners. These strong relationships are essential to delivering effective community-based care for seniors,” said Island Health board chair Leah Hollins.

Kiwanis Village Nanaimo is committed to the transformation of older adult services, based on person-directed values and practices where the voices of elders and those working most closely with them are solicited, respected and honored. Core person-directed values are relationship, choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living.,” said Melanie Young, Kiwanis Village Nanaimo Executive Director. “We’re very pleased to be able to partner with Island Health to provide the valuable respite services in our community.

For more information about respite beds or other services for seniors and caregivers, talk to your doctor or visit

To find out how respite care may help you: please call Island Health Home and Community Care250-739-5749. Leave a message and a case worker will connect with you. If you already have a case worker then reach out to them.