New Facility - Eden Gardens
$1.5 Million Capital Campaign in the WorksNanaimo Travellers Lodge (NTL) is planning to launch a capital campaign to raise $1.5 million toward the cost of a new $35.8 million dementia care facility on Northfield Road in Nanaimo. VIHA confirms that the current facility is seriously outdated and must be upgraded or replaced. However, no amount of renovations or expansions will bring the existing facility up to current standards.
The new facility, to be called Eden Gardens, will replace NTL's aging facility; increase the number of residential beds from 90 to 120; and, expand the space for the Community Bathing program and other vital day programs that help to keep people with dementia living in their homes for as long as possible.
We have purchased four beautiful lots totalling five acres on which to construct Eden Gardens - a specially designed, person-centered, complex dementia care facility offering a home, village-like atmosphere with a mix of public and private spaces.
Why We Need to FundraiseWe are working closely with Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) to ensure we can enhance much of the new facility. However, the escalating costs of medical equipment and services, combined with the increasing needs of an aging population, make it impossible for governments to fully fund hospitals and Elder care facilities. Non-profits like NTL work in partnership with VIHA and our donors to help provide the highest quality healthcare services for everyone who needs them, right here in the Mid-Island community. Revenue from the sale of the old facility. We also need to raise an additional $1.5 million to fund the equipment and rooms that are crucial to providing compassionate dementia care to our Elders and that are not covered by other sources of funds.
The Harsh Reality: Dramatic Rise in Dementia, but Too Few Dementia Care BedsTen years from now, one in three people over the age of 85, or more than 3,300 individuals in the mid-Vancouver Island area, will be afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. An additional 1,880 individuals will suffer from other forms of dementia. Those numbers don't include all those under the age of 85 who will also develop dementia. It's clear that we need to get ready now.
Today, there are only about 700 long-term care beds on all of Vancouver Island for people with dementia. Of these, NTL has 90 beds for those with advanced dementia. Unfortunately, waiting lists have always been a reality, not only at NTL but for all VIHA sponsored Elder care facilities. Our new facility will increase the number of beds in the system by 30.