Ponderosa Lodge
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Ponderosa is a multi-level brick building built in 1975 in the heart of downtown Kamloops, one block from Royal Inland Hospital.  The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors are home to residents on a short-term basis.

Ponderosa has a large green space for the residents to enjoy that is securely fenced and has coded gates.  A central patio with a water feature is located off of the first floor dining area, along with a smaller fenced rose garden area for resident and family gatherings, barbecues, etc.

The first floor of Ponderosa Lodge is currently used primarily by Pathway to Home clients. These residents are at Ponderosa Lodge on a short-term basis receiving services to enable them to return home.  A designated physio area and assessment kitchen is located on this floor. The 1st floor has its own dining room and lounge areas spread throughout.

The second floor of Ponderosa has 46 short-term residents.  The majority of these residents are waiting for a permanent bed in a residential care facility.  Ponderosa has no permanent beds for residents; these second floor beds are considered to be the First Appropriate Bed (FAB) for residents.  All rooms are private. This floor has two dining rooms and several pod lounges.

The third floor of Ponderosa consists of more Pathway to Home beds, twelve private respite rooms (available for clients in the community to use on a short-term basis) and first appropriate bed residents.  All rooms are private rooms; the third floor has one large dining room, several pod lounges and a large outdoor covered patio.

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Interior Health​

Location & Contact:

Visit the Ponderosa Lodge listing in our Find a Location directory.


Access to subsidized long-term care is through an assessment by Interior Health staff. For more information on subsidized long-term care services, contact the Home Health office nearest you.​

Building Amenities:

Private rooms, updated spa rooms, one or two dining rooms on each floor, upgraded HVAC system, adequate visitor parking, private lounges on each floor, in-house personal laundry facilities, sun rooms on each floor, large fenced out door space (lawns and patios), new fire upgrade system, designated physio/rehab space and maintenance shop.​

Language, Culture & Religion:

None.​  Located on the 1st floor grounds is a free-standing, non-denominational chapel for use by residents, families and staff.

Accreditation Status:

For more information, visit Interior Health’s accreditation web page.

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. For more information, visit the Accreditation Canada website.​

Philosophy of Care:

Our resident-centred philosophy is designed to support residents’ choices, help people function at their highest level and provide the best quality of life possible.​

Palliative care and end-of-life services, including  eligibility assessment and the provision of medical assistance in dying (MAiD), are available at this care home.

Type of Accommodation:

43 Regular beds
48 Short Stay beds


Monthly rate is up to 80 per cent of client’s after tax income, with minimum and maximum rates set by the Ministry of Health Services. More information.​


Special Recreation:

Recreation programs include community outings, in-house programs, outside groups coming into the facility. Pet therapy program.​


Fully accessible.​

Motorized Scooter Policy:

Scooters permitted for cognitively well clients.​

Pet Policy:

Visiting pets welcome.​

Smoking Policy:

Ponderosa follows the Interior Health no smoking policy.​

Safety & Security:
  • Card swipe locks.
  • All exterior doors automatically lock at pre-set time.
  • Security cameras with video


Neighbourhood Community Amenities:

YMCA, churches, shopping malls, restaurants, next door to RIH (acute care), medical offices, bus stops, four blocks from main downtown area.​

Facility Restrictions:

No smoking.​


Other Amenities:

Hairdresser on site, free standing non-denominational chapel.​


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