People Caring For People

Newspaper clipping of construction beginning on Arrowsmith Lodge. Select the photo to zoom.

The Arrowsmith Rest Home Society, with the assistance of a CMHC Mortgage, opened Arrowsmith Lodge in the fall of 1971, as a self-supporting, non-denominational home for the elderly of Parksville and district. The Society joined the Provincial Long Term Care Program in 1978; from that time, the operation of the Lodge has been funded jointly by the Provincial Government and the elders.

In October of 2005 a new complex care building was opened (Arrowsmith Lodge) and in September 2006, the old building was renovated into 30 Assisted Living units named Cokely Manor.

Prospective elders are referred to both buildings by the Provincial Long Term Care Assessment Program.

In The Beginning

Newspaper report on Arrowsmith Lodge. Select the photo to zoom.

The timing of the construction of Arrowsmith Lodge could not have been better, or maybe worse. A rash of falls on stairs at area Rest Homes and the disappearance of a resident at one of these homes highlighted the need for a building with a single floor, enhanced care and private rooms where residents could find sanctuary.

Everett Blish, who began counselling local seniors in 1968 as part of his duties with a new Senior Citizen Counselling Service, recognized the need for a change in how the elderly were housed. Blish sought input from local organizations and the focus was set on establishing a Senior Citizen Personal Care Unit.

With Blish as a driving force, local residents came together to form the Arrowsmith Rest Home Society. It was a dedicated and colorful group of individuals who worked tirelessly to raise the Society’s profile and, of course, money through card parties, bingos, tea parties, bake sales and raffles.

Blish, who served as the first administrator of the Arrowsmith Rest Home Society, is widely recognized as the Society’s founder.

Our Commitment

While needs have changed since the 1970′s, we remain committed to our founder’s vision of caring for the physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual well being ofthe elders who live in our communities.

We provide educational sessions for the Board and staff, Quality Assurance, Adult Day Programs and Respite Care.

Our Mission

We are dedicated to providing optimum quality of care in a home-like setting while fostering active links within the community.

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