Berwick’s Great Pumpkin Walks!

Another year, another Great Pumpkin Walk! The students at Hillcrest Elementary carved 60 pumpkins to help decorate and the gardens on the grounds have been transformed into a spooky landscape, said Kendra King, our Berwick House Active Living Manager. There is also an interactive activity every year and for 2019, staff have created a Harry Potter library for all the young witches and wizards in Greater Victoria. These drop-in events are free and take place at three of our seven locations: Berwick House, Berwick Royal Oak and Berwick on the Lake (Nanaimo). This event started at Berwick House and have been continuing on for the last four years. It’s all about opening our doors to our local communities and inviting people of all generations to interact together and join in on the fun during this festive time of year. Our relationship with Hillcrest Elementary has been incredibly positive and we look forward to this event every year. “There’s nothing better then when are kids together with the residents here,” said Sarah Ball, Hillcrest Elementary English language specialist and event co-organizer, Sarah Hall. “Everyone leaves with what they need. Everyone’s smiling. The kids talk about it for days after, and I know the seniors talk about it for days after.” 

If you plan to visit us tonight (Wednesday), remember to bring a canned food item as we’re collecting for the Mustard Seed. 

Happy Halloween! 

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Berwick Comox Valley Recognized As Top Senior Living Community in North America for ‘Best in Wellness’

Berwick Comox Valley has won the 2019 ICAA NuStep Beacon Award, which recognizes and honors the Top 25 ‘Best in Wellness’ senior living communities in North America.

Berwick Comox Valley is among those recognized as best-in-class for successfully fostering a wellness-centered environment to benefit all who live and work in their community. The award was created as a joint effort between International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) and NuStep, LLC, a major manufacturer of recumbent cross-trainers used in healthcare, senior living and fitness, already mentioned above.

The ICAA is responsible for leading, connecting and defining the active-aging industry.

“Senior living communities have long been aware of how important wellness is for the health and well-being of their residents, but in recent years, wellness has evolved from being a programming option to becoming a way of life,” said CEO and founder Colin Milner .

This evolution, says Milner, is also reflected in a survey recently conducted by the ICAA. The survey found that 59 per cent of senior living communities state their business model will be wellness-centered with care services by 2023. Berwick Comox Valley has successively partnered with its residents and staff to create relevant, meaningful opportunities and inspire participants to improve their quality of life.

Wellness is typically defined by seven key dimensions: emotional, physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, vocational and environmental. When each of these dimensions is equally nurtured and prioritized, it can enhance a sense of well-being among residents. It is this commitment and acknowledgment of how important wellness is for older adults that elevates resident health to new heights.

“We won this award because of our company philosophy, ‘The Berwick Way’ which is integrated into everything that we do here at Berwick. It’s about creating communities that encourage a healthy, active and engaging lifestyle,” said Lisa Moorhead, Berwick Comox Valley’s active living manager.

“There is something very special about the communities we create. Every Berwick community built has incorporated the latest innovations in health and wellness because we want to ensure our residents have the opportunity to pursue a vibrant, purposeful and healthy life,” said senior director of operations, Kelly Lazaro.

As the older adult population continues to grow and more individuals seek a better, longer life, where they choose to live is becoming increasingly important. How communities structure their wellness culture can have a significant effect on health and longevity. It’s more than just practicing wellness; it’s about having it permeate all aspects of life. As winners of the Beacon Award, Berwick Comox Valley is leading the way.

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Berwick’s Founder, Gordon Denford, Wins BCSLA Pioneer Award

Last week, a few of our Berwick team members attended the 2019 BCSLA Conference in Whistler to learn about innovation in healthy aging. Our founder, Gordon, was also in attendance for a very exciting reason. At the President’s Dinner on Monday evening, BCSLA President, Mark Dobson, presented Gordon with the inaugural BCSLA Pioneer Award in recognition of his contribution and positive impact to the industry. It is an incredibly well deserved honor, and we were privileged to have had the opportunity to support and cheer Gordon on during this exciting moment. Over the past 30 years, Gordon’s commitment to quality, innovation and community has never wavered. Every Berwick community built has incorporated latest innovations in health and wellness, considered the lessons learned from previous sites and all the while always striving for the highest quality of amenities and services. There are always ongoing renovations at the existing residences to ensure they continue to fully meet the expectations of current and future generations of seniors.  Each Berwick is designed with the local culture and community in mind, and it is imperative to Gordon that the sites operate with local insight and a community mindset. 

It is also worth mentioning that Berwick Royal Oak and Berwick Comox Valley were recognized for achieving a significant milestone. They were awarded with plaques celebrating their 10th Anniversary of receiving their BCSLA Seals of Approval. All in all, a wonderful night for Berwick