AMICA SENIOR LIFESTYLES
Premium, nature-based activities position Amica Senior Lifestyles as industry leader in resident experience
As a leading provider of premium retirement residences in Canada, Amica Senior Lifestyles empowers seniors to live with optimism by providing the best amenities and care. There are over 30 locations across British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario – 6 of which have embraced bee programs with Alvéole since 2021.
Amica Senior Lifestyles was looking to bring added value to their service and stand out from the competition by providing enriching activities for their residents. They wanted a partner who could work with them to implement premium experiences that would position them as an industry leader in resident experience.
The educational and resident experience elements of Alvéole’s bee program fulfilled Amica’s need to provide their residents with unique and engaging activities. Interactive hive visits and workshops offered lifelong learning opportunities as well as a connection to nature – something that many seniors enjoyed throughout their lives and fear losing when they move into a retirement residence.
“I remember opening Alvéole’s website and gasping, ‘this is it’. The alignment was perfect from a premium perspective.”
– Kaylea Botting, Communications Specialist, Amica
Alvéole’s expertise involved
The Alvéole workshops and the beekeepers’ regular hive visits instantly gained popularity and were highly anticipated by all. By taking time to connect with each resident, the dedicated beekeepers quickly built strong relationships with the Amica community.
The program continued to build traction into its second year, with residents choosing to participate in the activities year-over-year. Having learned the basics in the first year, the second season set the stage for deeper learning opportunities amongst participants and greater excitement for the various highlights of the beekeeping season.
“Now in the second year of the partnership, we are seeing more interest from other Amica residences. This year, we had three additional residences actively asking if they can get hives at their building.”
– Selina MacDonald, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Amica