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Timeless tales: Uncover the secrets to long-lasting love in long-term care

Posted: 2024-02-13

What’s the secret to finding a love that stands the test of time?

We recently spoke with three couples living in our long-term care homes to learn about their love stories and the advice they have for others.

Read on for three touching stories that have stolen our hearts.

Celebrating Black History Month: Black excellence takes centre stage at Extendicare Bay Ridges

Posted: 2024-02-02

February is Black History Month. It is an important time to celebrate and honour the outstanding legacy and rich contributions that Black Canadians have made in our communities across the country.

This year, the Canada-wide theme for Black History Month is, “Black excellence: a heritage to celebrate, a future to build”, which reflects on past and present accomplishments of Black people in Canada as well as embracing new possibilities and creating a brighter future.

Black excellence is taking centre stage at our Bay Ridges home as residents and team members gather to celebrate.

CTV features Extendicare Rouge Valley

Posted: 2024-01-29

Karen Simpson, Manager of Behavioural Supports and Dementia Care expert at Extendicare, speaks with CTV News about the Behavioural Support Transitional Unit (BSTU) at Extendicare Rouge Valley.

Understand their needs and their story, and high-quality care follows | Specialized dementia care at Extendicare Rouge Valley

Posted: 2023-12-29

When you walk around the Behavioural Support Transitional Unit, or BSTU, at Extendicare Rouge Valley in Scarborough, Ontario, beautifully painted murals of nature landscapes and cityscapes mark the hallways.

Sensory boards offer sounds and textures. There are TTC bus stops that serve as resting places.

The artwork goes far beyond aesthetics. It is thoughtful, intentional, and helps to engineer the environment for residents with advanced Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Alzheimer’s and dementia: How to plan a holiday visit with your loved one

Posted: 2023-12-14

Visiting a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia during the holidays is an important time for family and friends to connect. While celebrations together are meaningful, they can also be challenging for the person who has dementia, as well as caregivers.

Extendicare Columbia Forest on CTV Kitchener

Posted: 2023-12-07

CTV Kitchener featured a recent celebration at Extendicare Columbia Forest filled with holiday cheer!

Residents, families, and team members came together to “Light Up the Season” with festive displays, which included thousands of mini bulbs and decorations, and fun activities, including a visit from Santa.

Three ways residents’ councils help provide support in long-term care homes

Posted: 2023-09-14

Elouise Cunningham is the president of Extendicare Hillcrest’s Residents’ Council, in Alberta. She says residents’ councils help give residents an even stronger voice in their long-term care homes.

“All of the residents feel it’s their home and want to be able to express their feelings, concerns, and thoughts about living in a long-term care home,” says Elouise, who has been the home’s president for five years.

Extendicare Leduc residents attract local coverage for cultivating kindness

Posted: 2023-09-08

A group of residents at Extendicare Leduc in Alberta have been featured in their local newspaper for spreading kindness.

The article in The Leduc Representative highlights the “Cultivating Kindness” group at the long-term care home. The group meets each month to find ways to give back to their communities inside and outside of Extendicare.

Celebrating Pride in long-term care | Supporting LGBTQ2+ communities all year long

Posted: 2023-06-30

Amy, a social worker from one of our Greater Toronto Area (GTA) homes, recently spoke with us about what it means to be a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity (all year long) in her community.

The evidence of her impact is visible across our Extendicare homes in the GTA.

June is Seniors’ Month | 104 year old Extendicare London resident Vera gives back to her Extendicare family

Posted: 2023-06-06

Each Seniors’ Month, we celebrate those who have built our communities, shaped our families and who continue to share their wisdom with those around them.