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Lyle Ison, Garneau Hall GM wins 2022 Care Provider of the Year Award

October 31, 2022

VRS Seniors Communities and Advantage Assist are thrilled to celebrate Garneau Hall’s very own Lyle Ison, who out of 15…

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4 Ways to Honour Remembrance Day with your Senior Loved One Living at a VRS Retirement Home

October 24, 2022

On November 11, Remembrance Day, people around Canada and the world take a moment to remember the day that World…

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Why Seniors Choose a move to a VRS Independent or Assisted Living community during the Fall

October 12, 2022

As the weather slowly starts to get cooler, the idea of moving into an independent or assisted living community at…

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Top Signs That You May Be Ready to Move Into a VRS Independent or Assisted Living Seniors Community

September 28, 2022

As we head into the holiday months, there is joy all around as we get to join in on the…

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102-unit retirement community to combat lack of seniors housing in Port Alberni

September 26, 2022

A new retirement community boasting more than 100 units is coming to Port Alberni, as developers and city officials look…

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4 Benefits to Moving this Fall to a VRS Retirement Home

September 21, 2022

Have you been trying to find the perfect time to move into a VRS retirement home? Although there are many…

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Timberline at North Park Provides Island Seniors a New Retirement Living Community in Port Alberni

September 20, 2022

Tuesday, September 20, 2022, Port Alberni, BC – Seniors in the Alberni Valley will have a new option for housing…

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5 Tips for Managing and Preventing Headaches at a VRS Independent or Assisted Living Community

August 26, 2022

Have you or your senior loved one been experiencing headaches lately? It is not just you that may be feeling…

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How to Plan for your next Vacation as a Senior Living at a VRS Retirement Home

August 24, 2022

Summer is almost slipping away and if you or your senior loved one have not had a chance to travel…

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6 Summer Safety Tips for Seniors Living in a VRS Retirement Community

July 21, 2022

Now that summer is officially here, your senior loved one may be excited to head outside and soak up the…

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How to Know if Independent or Assisted Living in a VRS Retirement Community is Right for You?

July 19, 2022

When it comes to deciding if retirement living is the right step for you, it is important to determine whether…

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A Day in the Life of a Senior at a VRS Independent Living Community

June 21, 2022

After spending years living with your family or on your own, you might be looking into a VRS independent or…

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5 Exercises for Seniors to Perform at a VRS Seniors Retirement Community

June 17, 2022

Balance and strength are important to maintain throughout your life as they help with a wide range of activities, from…

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4 Key Questions Answered about Assisted Living at VRS Seniors Housing

May 24, 2022

If you or your senior loved one have been looking into various senior living options, you may have some questions…

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Why Living at a VRS Seniors Retirement Community May Benefit You

May 19, 2022

Have you been trying to decide if living at a VRS seniors retirement community is the best decision for you…

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6 Health Benefits of Recreation for Seniors at a VRS Retirement Community

April 13, 2022

Moving into a retirement community has many benefits for you or your senior loved one. Recreational activities organized by the…

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3 Reasons Why your Senior Loved one would Prefer Independent Living over Assisted Living at VRS Communities

April 9, 2022

Are you considering a retirement home for yourself or your senior loved one? Maybe you’re debating whether you’d prefer an…

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What Kind of Social Activities Can I Expect while Living at a Retirement Community at VRS?

March 30, 2022

When living at a seniors retirement community, you can always expect VRS’s recreational coordinators to plan out some activities you…

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Aging in Place: What if I Require Assisted Living while Living at a VRS Retirement Home?

March 29, 2022

Are you looking for assisted living for yourself or for a senior loved one? Although VRS Communities is an independent…

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5 Benefits of Moving into a VRS Retirement Home during Winter

February 28, 2022

Winters can be tough on all of us, especially for those who may not have a lot going on. Maybe…

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The Difference Between Independent Living and Assisted/Supportive Living for Seniors in BC and Alberta

February 25, 2022

Are you trying to figure out if independent living is right for you? Maybe you’re deciding if assisted living is…

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Happy Holidays at VRS Seniors Communities

December 24, 2021

Season’s greetings from your VRS Seniors Communities: Ross Place in Victoria Lakeside Gardens in Nanaimo Sunnyside Manor in South Surrey…

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Engaging Holiday Activities for Seniors

December 21, 2021

The Holidays are the perfect time of year to spend time with family and friends. And spending time with our…

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A Checklist for Retirement Living

December 16, 2021

Beginning the search for the right Seniors Community in British Columbia or Alberta can be overwhelming. Each Community will offer…

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Experiencing a New Lease on Life at VRS Seniors Communities

December 3, 2021

By Andrew Trinder, Director of Operations, VRS Communities Seniors Living I have spent more than a decade working in seniors…

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Fun Things to do with Your Senior Loved One at their Seniors Home!

November 23, 2021

Visiting a loved one or family member is an important way for them to stay connected and for you to…

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How Respite Living can Help Seniors Discover if Living in a Retirement Home is Right for Them

November 17, 2021

Making the move to a retirement home can be a big one. The decision to leave your current home behind…

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How Seniors Housing can Provide Safety as You Age

October 18, 2021

Life presents more and more risks as you age. Simple things like walking up the stairs of your home, driving…

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How do I know which type of Seniors Housing is right for me?

September 22, 2021

There are a lot of choices available when it comes to seniors housing options in BC and Alberta. However, when…

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How living in a VRS Seniors Community can Simplify your Retirement

September 13, 2021

When looking forward to retirement, many people see themselves aging at home in the comfort of the status quo. Yet,…

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Finding home – my experience joining a Kelowna Seniors Community

September 2, 2021

By Anita Courtney, resident at Orchard Gardens Seniors Community in Kelowna My name is Anita Courtney and I have lived…

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The Year that Was – from a Senior Living Operator’s Perspective

August 26, 2021

By Andrew Trinder, Director of Operations, VRS Communities Seniors Living If we turn back the clock to October 2019, we…

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A New Model for Seniors Housing in BC and Alberta

July 20, 2021

When I was twenty-one years old, I broke my neck in a diving accident and have been confined to a…

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5 Signs You’re Ready to Look for a Retirement Community

July 13, 2021

By Andrew Trinder, Director of Operations, VRS Communities Seniors Living Unlike days of olde, retirement communities are no longer institutional…

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Why didn’t I make this move 5 years ago?

July 5, 2021

In my previous life, now feeling like a lifetime ago, I used to operate high end hotels, clubs and resorts.…

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Penticton, B.C., pen-pal project between students, seniors stems social isolation amid COVID-19

January 20, 2021

Students and seniors in Penticton, B.C., are creating connection and community while staying apart during the COVID-19 pandemic. KVR Middle…