It’s the personal touches that make a house a home. Seniors who move into the BriaCare centres at Magnolia Gardens and The Waterford can surround themselves with their favourite decor and furnishings and quickly find themselves at home.
“Moving into a new home can bring so many positive changes for seniors who have developed complex care needs,” says Sue Wilson, Director of Care at Magnolia Gardens. “But it can be stressful,” she admits, “and we all want to do what we can to easy that stress. Bringing along special touches from home really helps.”
Family members are encouraged to fill the studio apartments with familiar furniture, special photos, artwork and mementoes. Seeing those reassuring reminders from the past makes the transition easier.
And it’s not just good for the resident, but it also helps their loved ones. Journeying with a parent or grandparent as care needs change can be difficult, and it’s the little things that help create stability. A photo from a family trip to Niagara Falls, the handmade quilt that Mom made, the chair that Dad loves so much can all smooth a difficult transition.
While the term residential care can often fill people’s minds with negative stereotypes of cold, antiseptic spaces, Bria Communities Care Centres are just the opposite. Studio apartments feature large windows, adjustable lighting, in-floor heating and private washrooms.
“We hate the word facilities,” confesses Bria Communities Director Tanya Snow. “We consider it to be the worst of the ‘f’ words! Home is the word we love, and in our Care Centres, as well as in our independent living communities we do everything we can to create a home that provides dignity, peace, comfort and hope to residents regardless of their care needs.”