Rob Van De Cappelle, Spruce Lodge
I cannot thank you and all the staff at the lodge for the care and professionalism they have with and for my Dad. As I am sure you know, it is hard to watch your parent go through this. When we leave Dad, he is at the mercy of his staff, your staff. I realize that it is a job and they are paid to come to work but their dedication and care go far above what is expected. Dad spends more time with staff then he does with us now. I feel okay with that because, in a way, the staff have become our extended family.
I feel confident that they watch over and care for Dad no different than we would.
My family and I have nothing but heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the hard work, caring and dedication all the Spruce Lodge staff show every day!
Ruth, Woodland Towers
I feel very fortunate to live in my new home called Woodland Towers. Since I enjoy music and swimming, those are the two activities I mostly participate in, although there are many others – something for everyone. I can do as much or as little as I prefer. I enjoy some meals in the dining room as well as keeping my hand in cooking in my apartment. The staff are well trained to put residents first and are kind and helpful. Need I say more?
I am where I want to be!
Guy Chadsey & Alison Chadsey, Spruce Lodge
My connection with Spruce Lodge is one of hope, peace of mind and compassion. My wife, Alison, was diagnosed with early-onset dementia at the age of 61. She rapidly deteriorated and, after months of caring for her at home, I was advised by everyone to allow her to be moved to a care facility in Stratford.
She took up residence at Spruce Lodge in March 2012 and quickly adapted to her new home. For me there was a sense of relief that she was being professionally cared for, that she was secure (she had become a wanderer), and that her continuing decline would be well-monitored.
Alison continues to live in the same room and cottage , and her condition has reached a stage, termed late-stage dementia, where she requires assistance with all aspects of daily life – dressing, personal care, feeding - she has lost her faculty of speech and comprehension and, most distressingly, no longer recognizes me.
Throughout this time, I have come to appreciate the critical importance that care-giving professionals – PSW’s, nurses, long-term care administrators, doctors, recreational aides – are in ensuring that my wife, and her fellow residents, receive not only daily care and security but compassion, respect and understanding.
The staff at Spruce Lodge have been unerringly professional, efficient and understanding towards both my wife and myself. They demonstrate patience, kindness and calmness, even when situations become potentially stressful. They anticipate and respond to Alison’s needs, informing me of any changes in her condition or situation.
One incident sums up for me the gentle, caring professionalism of the staff. Alison’s dementia has caused her to be quite agitated, moving constantly, unable to focus and sit still. When she was taken to see Bonnie, the stylist in the Spruce Lodge Hair Salon, Alison would not sit still in the chair for very long. With the patience of Job, the PSW and Bonnie coaxed Alison by distracting her, holding her hand, talking to her soothingly, for enough time to allow Bonnie to cut one side of Alison’s hair. Looking a little lopsided, they returned the next day and completed the haircut using the same means.
This sort of care and understanding is why I am so happy that Alison lives at Spruce Lodge; and why I have been able to recover my sense of hope and peace of mind.
J. Kohler, Spruce Lodge
Thank you. Such a small phrase, I feel it can never fully convey all the things you have given my family over the years. Thank you for your time, love, compassion, attention, food!, entertainment, tears, hugs, clothes, alterations, brilliant ideas and even the occasional failure that meant people were still trying. Thank you for everything.
Your combined efforts changed our lives for the better.