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13Feb, '20

Bridge to Dreams Helps Resident Return to His Trinidadian Roots

February 13th, 2020|Bridge to Dreams, News|

Robert Nathaniel (aka Nate) is originally from Trinidad. He boasts of the countries delicious cuisine and talent that exists among the many Trinidadians who can play the steel pan drums. Nate can play the steel plan drums and often does for his fellow co-residents that reside at his home of Parisien Manor in Cornwall, ON. Nate has even produced his music.

Nate wished he could once again taste the cuisine of his homeland. As a matter of chance, a local organization was hosting an event whereby a five course Caribbean meal was being served.

Johanne Wensink, the Director of Care for Parisien Manor reached out to the organizer of the event to obtain meal tickets. The organizers were happy to hear that Nate would be attending the event with the Director of Care and Nate’s son. They were even more thrilled when they heard that Nate played the steel pan drums and might be inclined to play for the audience.

Nate was very pleased with the quality of the food which was graciously donated by the restaurant. In return, Nate played his very own set of steel pan drums for an audience of approximately 60 guests. Everyone enjoyed listening to his beautiful drum and showered him with applause. Nate also met the Mayor of Cornwall, Bernadette Clement, who told Nate that her father was also from Trinidad, and that they shared much in common.

This Dream grew from being a simple desire to connect with Nate’s roots through food to the opportunity for Nate to show off his skilled drum playing which earned him recognition, praise, and most of all, an elated sense of dignity and belonging to the community of Cornwall, ON that has become his home.

Parisien Manor is a 65 bed accredited and licensed long-term care home located in the beautiful community of Cornwall, Ontario.

Southbridge Care Homes

Creating Caring Environments for seniors is a remarkable responsibility that Southbridge Care Homes takes seriously. Managing more than 30 long-term care homes, retirement and independent living communities across Ontario, we strive to ensure our residents feel connected, supported, loved and cared for.

Contact Information

Richard Franzke
Vice President, Business Development and Communications
766 Hespeler Road, Suite 301
Cambridge, ON N3H 5L8
P: (519) 621-8886, x. 112
M: (519) 404-9526
F: (519) 621-8144
rfranzke@southbridgecare.com
www.southbridgecarehomes.com

11Feb, '20

Chelsey Park wins Best of London 2020 Award

February 11th, 2020|News|

Chelsey Park has won the 2020 Best Of London award for Best Nursing Home in an annual survey conducted by the London Free Press. This is the home’s sixth year in a row winning this award. Congratulations to our team at Chelsey Park!

6Dec, '19

Bridging Christmas Dreams – No Boundaries for Santa at Hope Street Terrace

December 6th, 2019|Bridge to Dreams, News|

Ed Brush has been a life long Santa enthusiast. Throughout his life he has done many appearances as Santa in malls and Christmas parades. Ed is known for spreading holiday cheer within the walls of Hope Street Terrace. He often dresses up as Santa during the holidays and always jumps at the opportunity to make the holiday season bright through his Santa personality.

This year Ed approached the team at Hope Street Terrace about filming a Santa show. His dream was to create a magical show for the residents and families of the home to enjoy during the holiday season. The Recreation staff met with Ed on several occasions before the event to help create the script and finalize all the details. A fully decorated set, along with milk and cookies (of course) was created to help make the show extra special.  On November 5th, 2019 with the volunteer services of Two Blue Shirts Productions, Ed’s Dream became a reality.

After a month of anxiously waiting for his video, Ed finally had the opportunity to watch himself in action. He was over the moon with the result and can’t wait to share his holiday cheer with everyone.   A copy of this video can be seen below, on the Southbridge Care Homes YouTube channel.

Bridge to Dreams is a resident-centered initiative developed by Southbridge Care Homes in partnership with the homes it operates. The program encourages seniors to rekindle their passions and encourages them to celebrate life to the fullest.

“The Bridge to Dreams program is a purposeful way for us to honour our residents in meaningful ways, and together with the direct support of staff, we were able to make a Dream come true for Ed”, remarked Southbridge Chief Executive Officer Ryan Bell.

Hope Street Terrace is a 97 bed long-term care home located in Port Hope, Ontario.

Southbridge Care Homes

Creating Caring Environments for seniors is a remarkable responsibility that Southbridge Care Homes takes seriously. Managing more than 30 long-term care homes, retirement and independent living communities across Ontario, we strive to ensure our residents feel connected, supported, loved and cared for.

Contact Information

Richard Franzke
Vice President – Business Development and Communications
766 Hespeler Road, Suite 301
Cambridge, ON N3H 5L8
P: (519) 621-8886, x. 112
F: (519) 621-8144
rfranzke@southbridgecare.com
www.southbridgecarehomes.com

20Nov, '19

Southbridge Care Homes Announces Two Management Appointments

November 20th, 2019|News|

Southbridge announced two Management appointments today to support the tremendous growth the company has experienced over the past number of years and to provide a foundation for the continued expansion of the business.

Richard Franzke will be assuming the role of Vice President, Business Development and Communications. Richard brings over 25 years of business development and marketing experience to the role and holds an MBA in Marketing from York University. During his time at Southbridge, Richard has held a number of progressive positions in Business Development, Government Relations, Communications and Operations. Most recently Richard held the position of Vice President, Retirement. In his new role, Richard will be responsible for the marketing and communications activities at Southbridge including government, sector and local area communications and will support business development including strategic acquisitions and the redevelopment program at Southbridge.

To support the management of the retirement homes, Judy Plummer has joined Southbridge Care Homes as Vice President, Retirement. Judy brings to the role over 20 years of progressive management experience in Retirement Management and Administration. Most recently Judy held the role of Regional Director working with LTC Homes and Retirement Homes where she mentored and assisted high risk homes. Judy will be responsible for the growth and operational success of the 10 retirement and independent living homes managed by Southbridge Care Homes.

Southbridge Care Homes

Creating Caring Environments for seniors is a remarkable responsibility that Southbridge Care Homes takes seriously. Managing more than 30 long-term care homes, retirement and independent living communities across Ontario, we strive to ensure our residents feel connected, supported, loved and cared for.

Contact Information

Patrick Moore
Director of Communications, Stakeholder & Government Relations
766 Hespeler Road, Suite 201
Cambridge, ON N3H 5L8
P: (519) 621-8886, x. 201
M: (647) 539-3953
F: (519) 621-8144
pmoore@southbridgecare.com
www.southbridgecarehomes.com

17Oct, '19

Southbridge Lakehead residents dancing to Canada’s National Ballet

October 17th, 2019|News|

October 17, 2019 – Southbridge Lakehead residents dancing to Canada’s National Ballet
A unique partnership between Southbridge Lakehead in Thunder Bay and Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) has residents dancing to the beat.
Developed by NBS, Sharing Dance Seniors is a weekly, 45-minute dance class taught entirely from a seated position. The class incorporates a variety of musical and dance styles and is taught from NBS in Toronto, delivered live via video streaming. Southbridge Lakehead residents participating in the class exercise, socialize and have fun. The accessible dance program was developed to engage older adults in meaningful dance activity that benefits physical, cognitive and overall health.

“Participating in Sharing Dace Seniors truly changed my life,” said Ruthie, a Sharing Dance Seniors participant. “It helped me physically do things I haven’t [been able] to do for more than 50 years.”
An instructor from NBS teaches the class, aiming to support overall physical, emotional and social wellbeing through dance encouragement. Through the eight-week program, Southbridge Lakehead residents build and develop skill and confidence in dance movement.
“The participants absolutely love it,” said Natalie, an onsite instructor. “[They] can’t wait for next week – the infectious smiles and joy on the participants’ faces were wonderful.”

Southbridge Lakehead is a 131-resident long-term care home located near Lake Superior in Thunder Bay.

Southbridge Care Homes

Creating Caring Environments for seniors is a remarkable responsibility that Southbridge Care Homes takes seriously. Managing more than 30 long-term care homes, retirement and independent living communities across Ontario, we strive to ensure our residents feel connected, supported, loved and cared for.

Contact Information

Patrick Moore
Director of Communications, Stakeholder & Government Relations
766 Hespeler Road, Suite 201
Cambridge, ON N3H 5L8
P: (519) 621-8886, x. 201
M: (647) 539-3953
F: (519) 621-8144
pmoore@southbridgecare.com
www.southbridgecarehomes.com

23Sep, '19

Minister of Long-Term Care Announces 91 new beds for Owen Sound

September 23rd, 2019|News|

OWEN SOUND (Sept. 23, 2019) — Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, was joined today by Bill Walker, Associate Minister of Energy and MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, at Maple View Long-Term Care Residence to reconfirm the award of 91 new long-term care beds for Southbridge in Owen Sound.
The 91 beds will be combined with 69 existing beds as part of the new 160-bed Southbridge project in Owen Sound.
“Our government is creating a 21st century long-term care system that is resident-centred and builds capacity and access for residents and caregivers across Ontario,” said Fullerton. “We want to ensure that Ontarians get the care they need when they need it and investing in more long-term care spaces across the province is a key part of our plan.”
“We are pleased to be able to not only maintain long-term care in Owen Sound, but through the support of MPP Bill Walker and the Ministry of Long-Term Care, expand our capacity by an additional 91 beds,” said Southbridge Managing Director Keith McIntosh. “These 160 total beds will continue our commitment to providing consistent, high-quality health care for Owen Sound seniors both now and into the future.”
Operated by Southbridge Care Homes, Maple View Long-Term Care Home works closely with the South West Local Health Integration Network, which helps fund and coordinate services for residents in the region.

Southbridge Care Homes

Creating Caring Environments for seniors is a remarkable responsibility that Southbridge Care Homes takes seriously. Managing more than 30 long-term care homes, retirement and independent living communities across Ontario, we strive to ensure our residents feel connected, supported, loved and cared for.

Contact Information

Patrick Moore
Director of Communications, Stakeholder & Government Relations
766 Hespeler Road, Suite 201
Cambridge, ON N3H 5L8
P: (519) 621-8886, x. 201
M: (647) 539-3953
F: (519) 621-8144
pmoore@southbridgecare.com
www.southbridgecarehomes.com

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