Located centrally on Blanshard Street in Victoria, the Wellesley has for years been the focal point of many Victoria families and their retired parents. Originally designed for Independent Living only, in recent years Assisted Living suites have been added, enabling residents to receive the assistance required to remain independent.
Large, bright suites with full kitchens are a feature of the Wellesley. A majestic open space lounge welcomes residents and their guests. Gourmet meals are served in our dining room with just the right touch; less than formal, but slightly more than casual. The Wellesley, truly is the epitome of living in style and comfort.
Independent living is intended for functionally independent people who are capable of directing their own lives. These residents choose to be free of the home management duties and prefer the convenience of service in a social atmosphere that provides services and security. Residents direct their own lives, come and go as they please and participate in activities of their choosing within their community.
Services provided include a menu of optional fee-for-services from a base rate which include meals, housekeeping, and recreational opportunities.
Assisted living is the combination of housing, hospitality services and one or two personal assistance services, such as regular assistance with activities of daily living or medication services (referred to in Community Care and Assisted Living Act the as prescribed services). Assisted living is intended for people who are able to make the range of decisions that allow them to live safely in a supportive, semi-independent environment.
In British Columbia, assisted living is regulated by the Community Care and Assisted Living Act and monitored by the provincial Assisted Living Registrar who:
- administers the registration of all assisted living residences in British Columbia, whether they are publicly subsidized or private-pay.
- establishes and administers health and safety standards, policies and procedures.
- ensures timely and effective investigation of complaints about the health and safety of assisted living residents.
- has authority to inspect residences if there is a concern about the health or safety of a resident.
- refers issues that are not within the registrar’s jurisdiction to the appropriate authorities.
- Coordinates investigation of complaints with the health authority Patient Care Quality Office.
These are designed for residents who wish to maintain their independence, knowing assistance is available when they need it. Independent/Assisted Living residents need to be Self Directing, and they also need to be mobile (they may use walker and/or wheelchairs as long as they are able to transfer). This is ideal for couples as well as singles.
- Independent suites are large one bedroom, and two bedroom suites with full kitchens
- All suites are well appointed and pleasingly decorated
- Bathrooms are large and are configured for easy access, with higher toilets in our Assisted Living facilities
- One-step emergency call bells in every suite: living area and bathroom.
- Residents bring their own furniture
- A bright, elegant central dining room
- Bistro gathering area, where residents and guests can enjoy a beverage and snack with family or friends
- Lounges and outdoor areas, including a spectacular roof-top garden, offer gathering places or a quiet retreat
- Library and internet lounge
- Theatre and activity room
- Fitness Room
- Hair Salon
- Bus trips and outings
- Hobby room for activities such as woodwork
- The General Store is open for business, supplying fresh milk, bread, cereal and a variety of other items
- Freedom spa tub
- Care in the form of assistance with Activities of Daily Living available. This may be through VIHA or other private agencies
- 24 Hour Emergency Response
- Call bells in each suite (bathroom and living area). Pendants available for Assisted Living residents
- Underground Parking
Entertainment and Activities
We provide the entertainment and activities; you decide what you wish to do. You are welcome to participate in as much as you want, or to take quiet time for yourself. It is your decision.
- Musical entertainment
- Fitness Classes and Tai Chi
- Billiards and pool
- Volunteer opportunities
- Bus Trips and outings
- Computer Education
- Board and Card Games
- Discussion Groups and Trivia
- Special event and seasonal celebrations
- Church Services
Multi-Talented Chef at the Wellesley
On the surface, Connie Young-Davis appears to be a very talented chef. The Wellesley is well known for it’s excellent food, varied menus, use of fresh vegetables and herbs, and special menu days.
However, this is no ordinary Chef. Connie is also a highly accomplished and recognized grower of dahlias. She is known throughout the Pacific Northwest dahlia shows as the ‘dahlia queen’. To date she has had 15 ‘Best in Show’ dahlias, and her other awards are too numerous to mention.
But it doesn’t stop there. Connie also bakes and combines her baking talent and her gardening expertise, creating some of the most spectacular cakes, decorated with what else? Flowers – mostly dahlias.
The Wellesley is the recipient of flowers from Connie’s garden almost every day, and on every special occasion, residents are treated to one of Connie’s amazing cakes.
"Lord willing I will have many more years here, for that again I’m truly thankful. Moving here (as stated in an article published and on TV) was one of the best decisions I have made in my life."
I cannot believe that it is over one year that I have been living here at the Wellesley. I must be getting old. Rob, I would like to pass on my appreciation to you and your staff for making my first year here, pleasant and enjoyable. Your staff from the front desk to the kitchen goes out of their way to ensure that all of us are as comfortable as possible. I have expressed in the past about our Marketing Coordinator Margo Mcintosh, I’m continually impressed on how devoted she is to her job. I’m convinced she goes home many nights thinking of ways to fill the Wellesley. If all organizations had a devoted employee as Mrs. Mcintosh, they would thank their lucky stars daily.
When I moved in I saw an exceptional well organized, staff from the Kitchen Staff, the Cooks, the housekeepers and the maintenance men, bookkeeper and the many part time staff that are helping out. Nothing has changed; in fact almost daily I see your staff go out of their way to ensure the residence needs are met. I cannot begin to tell you how many times one or all have been there for me, for that I wish to express my sincere appreciation. It must be very difficult for our head Chef (Connie) to continue to come up with a menu that will satisfy all,( that is almost impossible,) but she tries her best. The entire staff in the dining room goes out of their way, to make our eating area a friendly place. Rob I can assure you we all appreciate their efforts.
Sitting at my table I notice a residence being helped to their table, with their meals, taking out their walkers, etc. All of this adds to comfort of the residence, it seems everyone you have on staff main goal is to be there for all of us. For that I’m thankful. I have stated in previous letters to you and your superiors how much I appreciate your “open door” policy that you have, it makes it so much easier for residence to feel free to come and talk to you. That is very important.
Also I have stated previously how much my visitors have commented on the outstanding service, cleanness, the great atmosphere, they notice when they come here. It is no wonder we were number one for the year 2012.
Lord willing I will have many more years here, for that again I’m truly thankful. Moving here (as stated in an article published and on TV) was one of the best decisions I have made in my life.
Please pass on my sincere appreciation to all.
- Chuck Addison - Happy Resident
"Due to my own experiences in the health care profession, I was always vigilant to the care given my father. As my father became more confused and began to wander, the staff watched over him and were very compassionate."
For the nine years that my father, Joseph Fink, was a resident at theWellesley he was treated with respect and dignity. The staff were always thoughtful and considerate to his needs. Due to my own experiences in the health care profession, I was always vigilant to the care given my father. I can honestly say that I never experienced any staff treating my father harshly or impatiently. Many staff over the course of his stay went beyond their duties to watch over him and to alert myself to changes in his condition. As my father became more confused and began to wander, the staff watched over him and were very compassionate. I truly believe he probably stayed a year too long in independent living and this was because of the care and attention given to him. I was also always welcomed and treated with fairness. Any concerns I had were handled quickly and professionally.
It was definitely time for my father to move on to more complex care and I found it sad for both him and myself to say good-bye to the staff at theWellesley. I will always recommend your facility to others in need. Thank you for all you have done and for enjoying my father in his last days there. He continues to reside at Resthaven Lodge but has been given high priority to be transferred to Broadmead Lodge where he has chosen to go after he accepted that he could not return to the Wellesley. Merry Christmas to both of you and to all the staff.
- Shirley MacEachern, R.N., B.S.N. - Clinical Nurse Educator, VIHA
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Margo became part of our team November 2004. She was born and raised in beautiful Victoria, BC and has several years experience in sales and marketing with companies on the Island. Margo finds working with seniors and their families a rewarding experience and it is something she thoroughly enjoys doing.
Margo’s excellent presentation and communication skills, combined with a determination to assist her clients with their needs as they relocate, make the transition to retirement living an easy one.
The Wellesley in Victoria has been lucky enough to have Connie in the kitchen since 1992. She started as a first cook, worked her way up through the ranks to Sous Chef and is now the Executive Chef.
Along the way she has always striven to improve her skills by obtaining her Interprovincial Red Seal Certificate and numerous other food related courses.
Her attention to detail and unwavering commitment to using only the freshest of ingredients has made The Wellesley one of the premier retirement residences inVictoria.
For information, reservations, tours etc, please contact Margo McIntosh at: Office: (250)-383-9099 extension 207 or via email: email@example.com