Dwelling Place - A Private Community Care Facility in Nanaimo, BC



Activities At Dwelling Place


Our residents participate in community events specially those at the Bowen Park Seniors Complex. In cooperation with Handi-Dart services, they are safely transported to the sites. Other places visited are Sway-A-Lana Lagoon and Mafeo Sutton Park, the Morrell Sanctuary and the waterfront park at Departure Bay.

Activities usually start with current events over mid-morning tea and fruits in season. This is followed by therapeutic exercises just before the lunch hour. After lunch there are walks around the courtyard garden or the backyard walkway. Weather permitting, the residents are escorted to nearby Diver Lake park in the afternoon where they can enjoy some very interesting wildlife.

Music plays an important role in maintaining the calm and therapeutic atmosphere at Dwelling Place. The Director of Care who is also a Music Therapist (Masters Degree) carefully selects and programs the music played at different times to enhance our therapeutic goals. For instance, livelier music is played after lunch to keep them from falling asleep or calmer music is played later in the day to help manage the “sun downing” typical of our population.

 The intrinsic entertainment function of music is enhanced by professional musicians who regular entertain our residents. One is a locally renowned keyboard artist who comes on Mondays to perform his magic on the keyboard. This is complemented by a vocalist who delights the folks with his “karaoke” rendition of oldies, gospel tunes, and other favourites on Thursdays. A lady pianist also comes to delight the folks regularly. To tie all this together, our Director of Care utilizes music as a therapeutic tool as needed.

Spiritual well being is very important at Dwelling Place. To help provide the atmosphere, a non-denominational service is held once a week, usually on Friday. The residents are strongly encouraged to participate although no one is forced to join in.

The service is presided over by lay volunteers from different congregations in Nanaimo and consists of scriptural readings coupled with praise and worship hymns.

Ching usually leads the worship music with her keyboards and vocals supported by volunteers who come and share their gifts with the residents.

We also have a collection of large print books as well as a good collection of DVDs that the residents can watch in the lounge area. But of course, the resident may just decide to enjoy the comfort of his or her room or just sit under the grape trellis in the courtyard garden.


Dwelling Place Health Care Services Ltd.  / Licence 1381100   

Tel:  250-756-3008  Toll Free: 1-877-88 "4" CARE (2273)  Fax:  250-751-2713   
2630 Labieux Road, Nanaimo, BC Canada V9T 3N1