Lina’s Place – New Role


Lina’s Place, a licensed mental health residence with the Supported Housing and Residential Program (SHARP) in New Westminster, will be formally transitioning to a new service model, Mental Health Assisted Living in February, 2019.
Mental Health Assisted Living services include the provision of support in the following areas: hospitality services, psychosocial supports, and medication management. Lina’s Place will keep its existing name, existing building and individuals living at this residence will continue to do so if this program best meets their needs.

Family finds solace in ‘real life’ atmosphere at Adrian House

“It has been such a positive experience for my brother-in-law and our whole family,” says Julie (not her real name). Her brother-in-law has been a resident of Adrian House for six years. The facility is a duplex on a residential street housing ten residents at a time.

Julie can’t say enough good things about the staff and progress her brother-in-law has made there. “They teach him to be independent,” she says. “That is something he could not do well at on his own.”

She explains that the combination of close supervision by mental workers and psychiatric nurses along with the routines of daily life is a recipe for success.

“He is cooking, cleaning and participating in group activities – he has a life,” says Julie. The resident’s extended family visits him regularly and feels good when they leave him at Adrian House. “The communication from the staff is very good, and we feel really comfortable and welcome,” she says.

Read more about Adrian House and its services.

Family extends their heartfelt thanks


Dear Sandi,

From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to express our profound gratitude for the comfort and care you and the staff showed Majella during her brief stay at Adrian House.

We were beyond thrilled with how well she was accepted into the Adrian House family, and although the transition was initially hard for Majella, we as a family watched her as she began to thrive like never before during the year she was living there. We saw a new twinkle in her eye as she spoke of going to eat Chinese food, taking a walk in different parks around Vancouver, going to Steveston, and various other places.

We were amazed with how quickly she began to call Adrian House her “home” and embraced communal living doing such things as creative cooking and playing crib with the other clients.

Both you and your staff did a wonderful job of taking care of Majella when she was healthy, and a truly amazing job of taking care of Majella when she was not well. The level of care and respect and professionalism you and your staff demonstrated when dealing with us as her family was so greatly appreciated.

You respected her for all her uniqueness as a person. You encouraged her to continue to try to better herself while also putting in place a wonderful safety net to catch her if she were to fall. We never saw her fall but only continue to improve under your careful watch.

We wish you and your staff nothing but the best.

Lonie, Ben, Jeremy, Meagan and Fiona

Millers offers training opportunities to the next generation of nurses


Recently, Bachelor of Nursing students at BCIT finished an eight-week mental health clinical rotation at Millers Way.

The students learned that the key to successful community living for people with mental illnesses are: respect, a caring environment and exceptional medical care.

Here is an excerpt received from a student after her experience:

“Seeing how the staff work with residents at Millers Way made me very emotional. The way in which they spoke to and treated the residents clearly expressed their care. Their conversations with the residents demonstrated warmth and genuineness even if they were giving constructive feedback.

The staff work to empower the residents to be independent and functional. The clinical rotation at Millers Way proved to be one of the most meaninful and eye-opening experience of my education so far.”