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May
17
Retirement home celebrates military family at open house
Tony Bradbury comes from a long line of men who care deeply for their country and family. Sitting in his room at Helen Henderson Retirement Lodge on a bright spring day, the friendly 86-year-old points to a portrait of an ancestor dressed in the uniform of the Liverpool Scottish Regiment. “That was my mother’s brother,” says Tony, in a warm British accent. “He died of pneumonia at the end of WWI from spending years in the trenches. They shipped his belongings back to England. When my grandmother received them, they…
27
Apr
17
Home elects retired nurse as Resident of the Year
Carol LeClair has nerves of steel. A retired Intensive Care nurse, Carol knows chaos is inherent in all compound things. And yet, she strives on with faith, diligence and a smile. Relaxing in her room at Carveth Retirement Lodge where she is enjoying the golden years, the 83-year-old looks back on her life fondly. Eating a chocolate cookie leftover from lunch with a crossword puzzle and newspaper at her feet, she recalls her life with a dry wit and keen sense of humour. Raised in Kingston, Carol was 19-years-old when…
17
Apr
17
Helen Henderson SPRING SALE
We don't do this very often and we hope you're as excited about this as us... Helen Henderson Retirement Lodge is holding a 50 per cent off sale this spring! This means you get your first TWO months' stay at half the price. The sale is for May and June and the deadline to move-in is July 31, 2017. For safe and comfortable retirement living, come home to Helen Henderson Retirement Lodge located in the heart of Amherstview, Ontario. The home will be showcased on June 4 from 1 to…
13
Apr
17
A happy life consists of tranquillity of mind
Allan Ross knows the fruit of silence is tranquility. Sitting in a secure unit of a nursing home on an early spring afternoon, he talks softly about the disease that is stealing the memories of the woman he loves. “Alzheimer’s is a hideous disease,” Allan says quietly while sitting beside his wife, Norma, who has lived at Helen Henderson Care Centre for a year. Allan, 85, moved to the retirement lodge four months after Norma’s arrival at the long-term care home. A regular visitor to the secure unit, Allan holds…
13
Apr
17
From Holland to Canada, senior survives war and celebrates peace
Betty Droogh is proof the Dutch are a very practical people. Sitting in her armchair on a cool spring morning, she talks about her life with the detailed accuracy of a person half her age. “I have been very blessed in life,” Betty says nostalgically from her room at Carveth Retirement Lodge in Gananoque. Surrounded by pictures and decorations of the Netherlands where she lived until she was 26, Betty talks with a practicality and precision that defy her age. At 91 years old, her memory is remarkably sharp.
31
Mar
17
Dishpan hands and strong character earn Millhaven woman workplace award
Connie Jensen knows dirty dishes have a story to tell. A dishwasher at Helen Henderson Care Centre for the past 28 years, Connie knows a dirty dish is a sign of a good meal enjoyed by a hungry resident. “I’ve done more dishes than anyone in this place,” says the 56-year-old with a smile. Born in Odessa, the mother of four currently lives in Millhaven, a short drive from the accredited retirement and long-term care home in the heart of Amherstview. Raised in a family that values hard work, Connie’s…
28
Mar
17
Health care worker heals through friendship and love
Victoria McGuire knows the greatest healing therapy is friendship and love. Sitting at her workplace on a rainy afternoon near the end of March, the 37-year-old smiles brightly when asked about her life. “I’m a self-proclaimed hippy,” she says with a laugh. “I’m all about love. I prefer to be barefoot by the water with my dog and kid.” Dressed in a shirt covered with bright flowers, Victoria seems unbothered by the stolen glances of onlookers at the tattoos covering her arms. The colours are vibrant and the images are…
08
Mar
17
Nursing home earns praise for quality of care
A nursing home in the Kingston area that provides health care to more than 100 residents is earning praise from the community. A recent survey revealed 100 per cent of family members (who responded) are satisfied with the care provided to their loved ones at Helen Henderson Care Centre. This exceptionally high rating has sent a ripple of satisfaction through the home. “We’re very pleased to hear the care and service provided to residents by staff meets the approval of families,” says Sue Reynolds, Director of Care. “This survey proves…
27
Feb
17
The power of bunny therapy
Janet King loves rabbits. Sitting in her apartment in Gananoque a few weeks before Easter, she whispers lovingly to the white rabbit with black spots nestled in her lap. Her bright smile and kind voice encourage the rabbit to lean back into her hands and vibrate its feet. It’s a sign the rabbit is happy which makes her laugh. Telling the rabbit it is a funny bunny and a big lopper-doodle, she says softly, “They’re like people. They’re my babies, they really are. They’re spoiled rotten.” Talking from her living…
21
Feb
17
Activity Professional recognized for kind and friendly manner
Amy Heddon knows the desire to conquer, the need to discover and the capacity to grow-through-experience, lies in the heart of a boy. “They’re my biggest challenge,” the Lansdowne woman says with a smile about her three sons ages seven to 15. Looking happy and relaxed, the 37-year-old describes her children as busy and fun. She credits them with teaching her patience. Talking from her workplace on Valentine’s Day in 2017, she also credits her work at Carveth Care Centre with a great deal of her personal and professional growth.…