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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

13Nov, '18

Return to independence – Seaforth Manor helps resident return home

November 13th, 2018|News|

When Jim was transferred from Seaforth Long-Term Care Home in May 2018 from hospital, his life expectancy was considered ‘limited.’

At Southbridge Care Homes, our philosophy is to provide the care and support necessary to not only sustain a person’s life but to work with that individual to maximize their potential for living life to the fullest. Seaforth Long-Term Care Home is managed by Southbridge Care Homes.

When Jim first arrived at Seaforth, he was unable to walk and needed staff to assist him with all transfers. But Jim was determined to not only improve his ability to walk, but to transfer back home.

With that goal in mind, Jim was assessed by physiotherapy and within a week of admission, he started physiotherapy sessions to walk again. Jim started attending exercise classes with a physiotherapist and used a device called a Nuerogymtech sit-to-stand trainer (available in the home) to strengthen his legs.

Within a month, Jim started nursing rehab, where he was learning to walk using a high walker. At first, Jim required one staff to assist him and another staff to follow him on his walks with a power wheelchair, in case he needed a rest. But after three weeks, he was walking well with only one staff supervising and walking beside him.

Staff reached out to an adaptive aids provider to bring in a walker with an attachment that would make Jim’s walker higher. With an adaptive walker, Jim quickly graduated to walking independently.

After only two months in rehab and physiotherapy, Jim demonstrates daily his ability to be independent with all transfers and walks independently. In just over 14 weeks, Jim’s was walking and transferring independently.

Jim now uses his walker to go to meals instead of sitting in his power wheelchair. He transfers himself independently into a dining room chair for all meals and walks around Seaforth Long-Term Care home independently.

And Jim’s progress is getting him closer to this goal – returning to his home of xx years. He has been discharged from nursing rehab just 31/2 months from his admission date and is waiting for an assessment to see what other accomplishments he needs to fulfill to be able to go back home.

Jim should be home by the end of November.

Jim’s story is an example of the possibilities that can be achieved with a positive attitude, hard work and a committed resident with staff members’ assistance.

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

28Sep, '18

Longtime volunteer Suzanne Speckert receives lifetime achievement award

September 28th, 2018|News|

Each year the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) bestows a lifetime achievement award to a member of one of its homes and this year’s recipient is from Port Hope.

Suzanne Speckert was recently honoured by the OLTCA as an individual who has made remarkable accomplishments and outstanding contributions to society, their community and/or their long-term care home.

“At Hope Street Terrace, we strive to recognize the volunteer work undertaken by our residents,” noted Hope Street Terrace’s Executive Director, Colleen Haley. “Suzanne was a perfect candidate, given her long history of volunteerism.”

Suzanne has been recognized at the local and national level by Cystic Fibrosis Canada for her leadership and volunteerism. Her oldest son Wally was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in May 1961. That same month, she began 50 consecutive years of very active, dedicated and tireless volunteerism for the CF Foundation. While working as a nurse and taking care of Wally and her younger son Erwin, she also began volunteering on the board of the Vincent Massey arena in Bewdley, and the ACW at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Perrytown.  As well, Suzanne spent countless hours tending to the medical and emotional needs of shut-ins and anyone in need of medical care in the Campbellcroft and Garden Hill area where she lived.

“Suzanne was able to positively impact many people through her volunteer work – we could all learn from her.” added April Beckett, Program Director at the Terrace.

When asked about his mother’s ‘Good Samaritan’ persona, son Erwin reminisced. “Growing up, I remember it used to take our Dad two days just to deliver all of the Christmas care packages that Mom used to make for the shut-ins in our area,” he said.

Wally added, “We were fortunate to grow up in a home with a Mom who demonstrated to us the value of volunteerism in all aspects of her life. The whole community was blessed to have Suzanne Speckert as one if its members. I think that at some point our Mom must have sold a ticket on behalf of  some charitable fundraiser to every person who lived in Northumberland County!”

Upon receiving the award, Suzanne said she was surprised. “I’m very grateful to receive this award, but not so much for what I did, because it was an honour to help my neighbours and those in need.”

16Jul, '18

‘I call them angels’: Oshawa man thanks staff caring for his wife of 50 years

July 16th, 2018|News|

Related: Oshawa man offers public thanks to Scugog nursing home staff

19Apr, '18

Long term care resident recognized for his service and valour 

April 19th, 2018|News|

                    Royal Canadian Air Force Veteran & Chelsey Park Long Term Care Resident, Arthur Lee, Receives Quilt of Valour 

Long term care resident recognized for his service and valour 

(Cambridge, ON – April 19, 2018)  Chelsey Park Long Term Care Resident, Arthur Lee, was recognized for his service with the Royal Canadian Air Force with a special presentation by Quilts of Valour Canada at the home on Saturday, April 7th.

In front of friends and loved ones, the 94 year old veteran was presented with the Quilt of Valour.  Handmade by Marilyn Hawkins of Tillsonburg, the quilt included imagery of Canada’s air demonstration squadron, the Snowbirds.

Seated next to his wife of 68 years, Arthur was overcome with emotion as he was wrapped in the quilt during the ceremony.  Presenting the quilt on behalf of Quilts of Valour Canada, Don Oliphant read out the inscription stitched onto the quilt, “Handmade with love, respect and gratitude for your sacrifice to Canada. May the hugs stitched into this quilt give you comfort, strength and love.”

“On behalf of your family here at Chesley Park, the staff and fellow residents, we want to thank you for your service Arthur.  We are forever grateful for your commitment to our country and our freedom and we honour you,” commented Suzi Holster, Executive Director of Chelsey Park Long Term Care Home.

Chesley Park Long Term Care Home provides care to 247 residents in London, Ontario and is operated by Southbridge Care Homes.  For more information about Chelsey Park Long Term Care Home and its adjoining retirement home and independent suite living options, please visit www.chelseyparkltc.ca.

About Southbridge Care Homes – Creating Caring Environments for seniors is a remarkable responsibility that Southbridge Care Homes takes seriously. Managing over thirty long term-care homes, retirement and independent living communities across Ontario, we strive to ensure our residents feel connected, supported, loved and cared for. We plan to redevelop our communities so that we may continue to provide consistent, high-quality care for our residents now and in the future.

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1Mar, '18

Southbridge Completes Acquisition of Three Long Term Care Homes In Thunder Bay Upon Ministry of Health Approval

March 1st, 2018|News|

Southbridge acquires 416 long term care beds from Revera Inc.

(Cambridge, ON – March 1, 2018) With approval from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Southbridge Health Care LP finalized the acquisition of three long term care homes in Thunder Bay. Previously owned by Revera Inc., Lakehead Manor, Pinewood Court and Roseview Manor will now operate under Southbridge Care Homes’ banner as Southbridge Lakehead, Southbridge Pinewood and Southbridge Roseview.

“We are pleased to welcome these three homes to our family of managed homes,” states Keith McIntosh, President & CEO of Southbridge Care Homes. “Our goal at Southbridge Care Homes is to make a positive difference in the lives of the residents in our care, their families, and our employees. We look forward to continuing this commitment in Thunder Bay.”

Southbridge Facts & Figures at a Glance (as at March 1, 2018):
· Combination of 37 long term care & retirement communities
· Operations across 23 Ontario communities
· Capacity to care for over 3,100 residents
· Now employs over 3,500 employees

About Southbridge Care HomesCreating Caring Environments for seniors is a remarkable responsibility that Southbridge Care Homes takes seriously. Managing over thirty long term-care homes, retirement and independent living communities across Ontario, we strive to ensure our residents feel connected, supported, loved and cared for. We plan to redevelop our communities so that we may continue to provide consistent, high-quality care for our residents now and in the future. For more information, please visit www.southbridgecarehomes.com.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Patrick Moore
Director of Communications & Stakeholder Relations
766 Hespeler Road, Suite 301
Cambridge, ON N3H 5L8
P: (519) 621-8886, x. 201
M: (647) 539-3953
pmoore@southbridgecare.com

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