Creating Joy in Life & Aging …by Caring, Connecting and Celebrating.

Creating Joy in Life & Aging …by Caring, Connecting and Celebrating.

(Brocklehurst) Gemstone Care Centre is a safe modern Long Term Care home that opened in June 2013 and sits on 4 acres of gardens overlooking the Thompson River.  It is located at 1955 Tranquille Road on the North Shore of Kamloops in Brocklehurst and is only a few steps from nearby shops and services.  Our service focus is on Quality of Life through best practices in Person and Family-centered care and Safety is our top priority.

The design of Gemstone is purposeful.  There are a variety of healthy living spaces and LEED-Gold elements including lots of natural lighting. We have familiar home-like features such as dining rooms, kitchens, and lounges along with interior destinations of a bistro, a hair salon and central courtyard to showcase views of the River.  126 of the 130 rooms at Gemstone are single bedrooms with ensuite washrooms and showers.  Four rooms support couples with an inner doorway between the rooms.  Furnishings are provided and each resident is able to decorate their space with small personal items.

Gemstone is part of BC’s Healthcare System with Interior Health and is a contracted Long Term Care Provider.  We also have private pay rooms for those interested in services separate from government programs.  For questions about funded long term care, please contact Interior Health directly or contact us for information on private pay.

We are always interested to meet people who may want to join the Gemstone team to make a difference, far beyond the walls of the home.  We know that together, as a community, we can create joy in life and aging – by caring, connecting and celebrating.  Gemstone is a great place to live, work or volunteer and we look forward to meeting you.

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At Gemstone we know that great teams accomplish great things! We take pride in our reputation of being the best place to work in Kamloops! Our team consists of a diverse group of talented people that all share the same outlook…..”
We love serving the seniors in our care!”

Meet Our Team
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Gemstone Care Staff

We take the health, wellness, and safety of each team member seriously. Our Healthy Workplace program we offer knowledge, tools, and connections to resources to support the team in many ways including emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.

Our safety star program is recognized as a leading practice in ensuring safety awareness and compliance at our care home. Be aware, take care!

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Gemstone is home to 130 seniors with complex health needs and require 24-7 care. We are a caring community for seniors where we honour and strive to create joy in life and aging.

We provide funded services in partnership with Interior Health Authority. In addition we provide care for seniors that need care and pay privately.

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Our recreation connections team engage with each and every senior to live their interests and spark new relationships with team members including volunteers.

Our hospitality team provide amazing cuisine where seniors and families have opportunity to guide the choices available.

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About Gemstone

Opened in 2013, Gemstone is located at 1955 Tranquille Road in Kamloops, British Columbia. Gemstone is a family-owned business that is managed by Trellis Seniors Services . As part of the Trellis family, a recognized leader in seniors care and services, there is a support system that guides how we care for seniors and create warm and inviting homes where everyone can find joy in life and aging.

Our Vision & Values
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The history of the Gemstone site stems back many years to a time when the land was first used for farming by the Humphrey Desmond family.  It was a successful working farm that provided produce to the local community for many years.  However, as the city developed, the use of the land changed and became a prime opportunity for redevelopment.  The Desmond family recognized this and decided to support seniors in the community by formally designating the land to be used for that purpose.  Today, the Desmond land provides a wide range of services for the community seniors, including Long Term Care services at Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre.

There are two important parts to our name. The first is Brocklehurst which honours our community and our location. This special area of Kamloops where we are located has evolved and grown and seeks to retain an individual identity.  We call this place ‘Brocklehurst’ which is a community within the broader Kamloops community

The second part is Gemstone which speaks about the people. This part of our name portrays a very important message about the people who will live and work here.  As we know, life is precious and special people are often referred to as gems.  In fact, a care home is filled with gems being both our seniors and their caregivers.  As you join in on the life at a care home, you will see the treasures that are revealed and the gifts that are shared including ones of tenderness, patience and understanding.  They value respect & dignity and most of all, they give love.  This is where real living happens and the people involved truly are the gems and ‘Gemstones’ of our new place.

We are proud of our name as Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre….in honour of the history, the community and the people we serve.

We extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to our outstanding panel of 2012 judges who represented the community to name the building:

  • Kamloops North Thompson MLA/Minister of Environment Dr. Terry Lake
  • Kamloops City Councilor Nelly Dever
  • Deborah Smith, Director Residential Services for Interior Health
  • Don Craft, neighbour and Executive Director for RiverBend Manor
  • Kathy McArthur, neighbour and former strata council for RiverBend
  • Brenda Prevost, Executive Director for the Kamloops Centre for Seniors Information


1955 Tranquille Road,
Kamloops British Columbia
V2B 3M4 | 1-778-470-2596

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