Vernon – Heron Grove

Vernon – Heron Grove

4900 – 20th Street
Vernon, BC V1T 9W3
Ph: (250) 542-6101
Fax: (250) 542-6227
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40 Assisted Living Suites
Six 12-Bed Complex Care Cottages for Dementia
Two 14-Bed Complex Care Cottages
15 Independent Living Apartments (Life Lease)


Heron Grove offers seniors multiple levels of care and the ability to age in place. This campus of care includes the main building which houses the assisted and independent living suites; and six 12-bed dementia care cottages.

The main and second floors of the main building consist of 40 one-bedroom assisted living suites and is designed for people who qualify for housing and health care assistance according to specific requirements set out by Interior Health Authority (IHA), BC Housing and The Good Samaritan Society. Admission to the Assisted Living program is coordinated through IHA.

All six of the care cottages are unique duplexes that have been designed to create a home-like setting for residents. These are typically residents that require 24-hour professional care for complex and medical conditions including physical and dementia. Each cottage has a living room with fireplace and secure access to a fenced yard. Each resident bedroom has an ensuite washroom. Residents are included in the daily events of daily living to the extent that they are accustomed and able.

The care component of the dementia care program is based more on a social rather than a medical model of care. Personal autonomy and competencies are emphasized. Residents can participate in daily activities associated with a home-like environment. These kinds of opportunities are difficult, if not impossible, to offer in large care centres.

Key elements of this model of care are:

  • Creation of a familiar, home-like environment
  • Combining privacy of accommodation with the security of around-the-clock staffing
  • Use of familiar household routines for resident activities
  • Staff serve as role models to engage residents in activities

Placement into this program will be through Interior Health. Contact Vernon Community Care Health Services (250) 541-2202.

The third floor of the main building consists of 15 Independent Living or Life Lease Apartments designed for independent seniors. The Life Lease model offers residents a form of housing that provides guaranteed tenure, a hedge against inflation and all the of the security, comfort, freedom a person would expect to enjoy in their retirement years, all at a reasonable cost. A variety of floor plans are available ranging in size from under 600 square feet to over 1100 square feet. There are units with one or two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, kitchen or kitchenette, depending on the size of the apartment. Meals are offered as an option to all Life Lease tenants. Every Life Lease apartment comes with a covered parking stall.

Life Lease apartments are available to individuals 55 years and over. For more information or to arrange for a tour call (250) 542-6101.

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