Dufferin Place

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Access to subsidized residential care is coordinated by Island Health staff.

Please do not contact the Operator directly regarding subsidized long-term care. For more information on subsidized long-term care, contact an Island Health Community Health Services office near you.

For information on private long-term care, please refer to the Seniors Housing Directory of BC.


1200 Dufferin Cres
Nanaimo, B.C. 
V9S 2B7


Island Health

Accreditation Status

Accredited 2001

Accreditation is an external peer review process to assess and improve the services health care organizations provide to their patients and clients, based on standards of excellence set by Accreditation Canada


Publicly-subsidized units: 146
Private-pay units: 0

Building Description

Dufferin Place Residential was built in the spring of 1987. The single storey building consists of three wings, each radiating from a central “L” shaped activity/dining area. Resident rooms consist of primarily four-bed rooms with a limited number of two and one-bed rooms. Special bathing facilities are included in each wing. The building is equipped with ceiling mounted lifts throughout.

Building Amenities

The building features many amenities and services including lounges, hair salon, and outdoor patios. 

Facility-Specific Restrictions

Residents over the age of 19, not a secure unit so not appropriate for those with an elopement risk.

Neighbourhood/Community Amenities

Dufferin Place is located on the same property as Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Language, Culture or Religious Affiliation

Dufferin Place welcomes all languages, cultures and religions.


Philosophy of Care

As per Island Health Vision, Purpose and Values.

To provide a home-like socially active environment while encouraging independence.

Model of Medical Care/Physician Organization
Residents at this facility will usually be followed by their current physician, provided that they are able to provide ongoing care. If the resident cannot be followed by their community physician (or, if they do not have one), one of our three in house physicians will take on resident.  Dufferin Place, has a full time nurse practitioner on site.

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)
MAiD is available at Island Health owned and operated sites. Read more about MAiD, including a guide for patients and families and a link to information provided by the federal government.

Type of Accommodation

• Number of beds in single occupancy rooms:  14
• Number of beds in double occupancy rooms: 9
• Number of beds in triple or quadruple occupancy rooms:  14


Residents pay up to 80% of their after tax income which covers the cost of food and accommodation. Learn more about additional services available to residents at Dufferin Place.

Special Recreational Opportunities

Large group activities at Dufferin Place include music therapy, bingo, mentally stimulating games (i.e. crosswords, jeopardy and spelling bees) and physically stimulating programs (i.e. bocce ball, bowling, fun and fitness). 

Small group activities including card games, getting to know me, and manicures occur regularly as well as outing to local casino, museum visits and country drives. Dufferin Place has its own dedicated wheelchair capable bus for outings.

Dufferin Place residents’ have opportunities to participate in special occasion programs celebrating Christmas, Birthdays and Centenarians. For our less active residents, activities (1 to 1) include bedside spa, reading, radio shows and music. 


Wheelchair accessible to all areas.

Motorized Scooter Policy

No motorized scooters allowed.

Pet Policy

As per Island Health pet policy.

Pets are not permitted to live in Dufferin Place. Visiting pets are welcome and must be leashed at all times, have current vaccinations and be well mannered. No pets are permitted in any area were food is prepared or served.


Smoking Policy

Residents who smoke are required to do so independently or with a personal companion in designated areas off the care home property. 


Safety/Security Features

• Doors secured with magnetic release buttons /keypads
• Fire sprinklers
• Regular fire inspections / drills
• Video monitoring *only on Cedar unit
• Secured entrances(s)
• Personal wander alarms (Wanderguard or similar)


Spiritual Care


Any Other Amenities

Residents who express interest have the opportunity to participate in fund raising events (i.e. for cancer, Red Cross, and children's education).



Street Meters:

$0.25 for 15 minutes

Surface Lots Parking Pay Stations:

$1.25 for each hour
$26.75 for a weekly permit

Accepts coins, or credit card
No change is provided from pay stations

Special Permits

Family Caregiver Permits Available

For more parking information visit the Island Health Parking Services webpage.

Visiting Information

As this is home to our residents, visiting hours are open to family and friends.

Find information on long-term care visitor guidelines.

Please contact staff to learn more about visiting this location.

During influenza season (typically December-March), to help protect patients from the flu, all visitors will be expected to wear a mask in our facilities if they have not had a flu shot. For more information, please read our Influenza Protection Policy.

Provincial policy requires all visitors to be informed:  "Violence, foul language and abusive behaviours are not acceptable. Verbal threats or acts of violence will not be tolerated and may result in removal from this facility and/or prosecution."


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