Four years ago, we had the daunting job of selling mom’s Scarborough home and moving her to Orangeville to be closer to us. This was an unsettling and scary time. It was recommended by a friend to visit Lord Dufferin Centre Retirement Residence. Within five minutes of standing in the beautifully decorated lobby, we could feel the warmth and family atmosphere that we have now come to love. There was no question it was the right place – Mom consented instantly and said, “I’m ready to move”.
At Lord Dufferin Centre ,Owners’ Dave and Donna Holwell lead a dedicated, caring staff second to none. There is nothing they wouldn’t do to help a Resident at any time, day or night. Each Resident is valued for who they are and treated always with dignity and respect. Every effort is made to include them in decision making. With many years of experience the staff are very aware of the needs and preferences of each Resident and will do everything they can to make them comfortable and happy. There is ongoing dialogue between residents, families and staff which means that needs and goals are continually being addressed. They are always looking for ways to make improvements and welcome any new suggestions.
The Residents who live at Lord Dufferin Centre have the opportunity to take part in daily activities which meet their social, physical, spiritual and intellectual needs. While there are simply too many activities and events to mention, some of my mom’s favourites are choir, card and board games, group games, book club, happy hour, movie night, Therapeutic Paws, exercise class, and participating in the many concerts and presentations that take place regularly. On each special occasion throughout the year, Residents and families come together to celebrate for dinner – always a great time for all!
Lord Dufferin celebrates “Seniors”! It is a place in which someone is made to feel special and important. Each opinion or story or concern is valued. It is a place where people of all ages come together to have fun and enjoy life. No one is ever alone! It is inviting and welcoming – a place where new friendships begin. It is a place to call “home”!