Frequently asked questions

Whether you’re just beginning your research about retirement lifestyles, or you’ve been looking into this for a while now, you’re sure to have a few questions. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we get about Independent Retirement Living in general and Lakeside Gardens Retirement in particular. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to contact us — we’re here to make your life easier in any way we can.

  • Yes. VRS Communities has 11 seniors communities across BC and Alberta, including:

    Lakeside Gardens in Nanaimo

    Ross Place in Victoria

    Pacific Carlton in White Rock

    Sunnyside Manor in White Rock

    Orchard Gardens in Kelowna

    Sunshine Ridge in Osoyoos

    Silver Springs in Vernon

    Charles Manor in Penticton

    Andover Terrace in Salmon Arm

    Shuswap Lodge in Salmon Arm

    Garneau Hall in Edmonton

  • Lakeside Gardens is an independent and assisted living residence for self-directed living, providing rental accommodation with services and amenities for seniors who can live independently with minimal to moderate support.

    Long-term care facilities (such as homes for the aged and nursing homes) are designed for people who require the availability of 24-hour nursing care and supervision, sometimes within a secure setting.

  • Lakeside Gardens chefs use the freshest, highest quality ingredients around. We pride ourselves on our high standard of quality cooking, prepared from basic ingredients. This is your home, and you deserve the best.

  • Lakeside Gardens offers a wide variety of activities and our objective is to provide life-inspiring activities and events that will benefit our residents in every aspect of living. Coordinating opportunities for residents to discover purpose and passion through participating and volunteering, enriching their lives as well as those they serve.

  • While market rents at a retirement residence may vary by location and suite size, Lakeside Gardens offers an affordable and enriching lifestyle. All-inclusive Studio suites start at $2800 per month, one-bedrooms start at $3287, and two-bedrooms start at $4080. There are no expensive buy-in fees or long-term leases. Our agreements are all on a month-to-month basis, so we can prove ourselves one day at a time, month after month, year after year.

    Please download our free expense calculator worksheet to assist.

  • Lakeside Gardens is pleased to provide a state-of-the-art wireless emergency response system. Should you require assistance during a medical emergency, our staff can respond immediately and dispatch the appropriate help you need 24/7.

  • Lakeside Gardens encourages residents to make their living space their own. Feel free to bring all the comforts, furnishings and décor of your current home to Lakeside Gardens.

  • Our community welcomes furry friends, including those that bark and purr. For complete details, please contact our Sales Manager.

  • Meals

    • Three home-cooked meals daily
    • Continental breakfast daily
    • Snacks & refreshments offered in the Great Room and Fireside Lounge

    Common Areas

    • Libraries and reading room
    • Wellness and exercise rooms
    • Landscaped gardens with pergola, patios and fountains
    • Theatre, multi-purpose activity and games rooms

    Suites

    • Ensuite bathrooms with walk-in shower
    • Kitchenettes with sink, fridge and microwave
    • Pre-wired for phone, cable, internet and individual thermostat. Some suites can accommodate a stacking washer and dryer.
    • Fire alarm, sprinkler system, smoke detectors and emergency lighting

    Comfort and Convenience

    • Secure, underground parking
    • Complimentary laundry facilities
    • Smoke free environment, air conditioned common areas
    • Daily safety checks, weekly housekeeping and linen services
    • 24-hour staffing and emergency response

    Recreational Programs, Activities and Services

    • Daily social, cultural, educational and recreational activities
    • Exercise, fitness and wellness programs
    • Creative pursuits (arts and crafts, knitting, painting and drawing)
    • Worship services

    Utilities

    • Hydro, gas, water and basic cable

“I enjoy living at Lakeside Gardens, the staff are very friendly which makes a relaxed atmosphere. We have good food and a lovely view of the surrounding area and lake.”

–Connie