COVID-19 Screening measures at Woodingford
Updated March 24, 2020
Short-stay absences now restricted
By provincial directive, residents of long-term care homes, including Woodingford Lodge (Woodstock, Ingersoll and Tillsonburg) are no longer permitted to leave the long-term care home for short-stay absences to visit family and friends. Instead, residents who wish to go outside of the home should remain on the home's property and maintain safe physical distancing.
Visitor restrictions at Woodingford Lodge
By provincial directive, all three sites of Woodingford Lodge, and all long-term care homes in Ontario, are now closed to all but essential visitors to ensure a safe and secure environment for residents.
The Ministry of Long-term Care is identifying essential visitors as those who have a resident who is end of life or very ill, or a parent/guardian of an ill child or youth in a live-in treatment setting. These visitors will continue to be actively screened into these settings. Ministry officials will re-evaluate this measure in the coming weeks to ensure consistency with enhanced public health measures.
During this restriction period, family and friends can still contact Woodingford Lodge residents by sending them a letter, scheduling a Skype/Facetime call or by making an on-site telephone call. To discuss these options and set up a suitable time for both you and the resident, call your Woodingford Lodge location.
For more information about Oxford County's COVID-19 response, please visit www.oxfordcounty.ca/covid-19
Family Transition Program participant celebrates birthday with Woodingford Lodge
Last month, Mary, a participant of our unique Family Transition Program, along with friends, family, Woodingford staff and residents participated in celebrations for her 90th birthday!
Part of what makes the Family Transition Program so special is that it allows future long-term care residents to begin to feel comfortable with what life might look like in a long-term care facility before their actual move-in day. And, that includes celebrating life milestones like birthdays! Happy Birthday 90th birthday Mary, from our staff and residents at Woodingford Lodge to you!
If you'd like to learn more about the Family Transition Program, visit http://www.oxfordcounty.ca/familytransition.
Family Transition Program selected for SPARK mentorship
Woodingford Lodge’s Family Transition Program was accepted to be a part of this year’s prestigious SPARK mentorship program which will see the Family Transition Program receive support from the Mental Health Coalition of Canada. SPARK or the Supporting the Promotion of Activated Research and Knowledge training program helps participants who work, or volunteer in the mental health or substance use and addiction fields apply techniques for moving ideas into practice. The Family Transition Program team was one of 16 projects selected this year. The program will receive mentorship for one year from renowned researches to help us enhance this project on a national level. Additionally, as part of the selection, team members were invited to attend a multi-day workshop where they had an opportunity to learn and work alongside an experienced mentor and knowledge translation experts.
Family Transition Program highlighted by CTV Kitchener
The Family Transition Program and two wonderful clients, Mary Saunders and her daughter Janet, who are currently participating in the program were featured Monday evening's broadcast of CTV Kitchener to help raise awareness for the transition program. Watch the segment below:
Best Practice Spotlight Organization award presentation
Congratulations to Woodingford Lodge, and the team representatives who attended the official award presentation at County Council today for achieving the prestigious Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) designation from the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO). Woodingford Lodge is one of just 22 long-term care organizations within Ontario to receive this designation.
Second annual Roll & Stroll
On Saturday, June 7, Woodingford Lodge residents partnered with family members, friends, volunteers and staff to take a lap around the Woodstock site during the second annual Roll & Stroll event. Together, our teams raised more than $900 in support of the Woodstock Hospital Foundation, in appreciation for the care they provide to our community.
Participants in the second annual Woodingford Lodge Roll & Stroll
Errol Dunnings, our top pledge earner, with Jen Beattie, a Woodingford Lodge Recreation Aide.
MaryLou and Jim Piggot, winners of the Best-Dressed Strollers prize.
Woodingford Lodge receives Best Practice Spotlight Organization designation
Oxford County’s Woodingford Lodge has become one of only 22 long-term care organizations in Ontario to be designated a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s (RNAO). The designation, which took three years to achieve, was pursued as a result of efforts by Woodingford Lodge staff to find ways to improve quality of life for residents.
The designation is a dynamic partnership that focuses on making a positive impact on resident care through systematic implementation of evidence-based best practices. In order to achieve the BPSO designation, Woodingford Lodge chose to implement best practice guidelines in three areas: person & family centred care; preventing and addressing abuse and neglect of older adults; and assessment and management of pain. Learn more.
Introducing the Family Transition Program
The Family Transition Program is an innovative new program developed by Oxford County's Woodingford Lodge to help those on the long-term care wait list prepare for, and transition to long-term care.
We will be hosting a public information session for those who want to learn more on May 15 from 6-8p.m. at Woodingford Lodge in Woodstock (300 Juliana Drive).
The program, which is the first of its kind in Canada, is a resident and family focused approach to care. The Family Transition Program is for individuals in Oxford County who are 18 years of age or older and are waiting for permanent placement into a long-term care facility of their choice. Learn more.
Celebrating National Volunteer Appreciation Week April 19 - 25
National Volunteer Week is April 19-25, and with that, we wanted to take a moment to share our appreciation not only for the wonderful volunteers who dedicate their time, compassion and energy here at Woodingford Lodge, but volunteers across our community.
We see the difference volunteers make in our community every day, whether it is leading neighbourhood activities at Woodingford Lodge or in the greater community, giving your time to help lift another person's spirit or an entire community's pride.Volunteers make a difference. Visit the volunteer page to read our letter to volunteers.
Bessie Round, a Woodingford Lodge resident since 2013, celebrated her 105th birthday with friends and family. Bessie says that her secret to a long life is good music, which is supported by the Music and Memory program. You can read more about Bessie's celebration in Heart FM's article, including family photos.
Making wishes come true
Another lucky Woodingford Lodge resident had a wish granted when Sammy the horse came for a visit. Mary, a Woodingford resident, has developed a close relationship with one of our staff members, Andrea, over their love for horses. After sharing horse stories for many years, Andrea surprised Mary by bringing her horse, Sammy, to visit Mary in Ingersoll for an afternoon, complete with a matching cowgirl hat. This allowed Mary to spend some quality time with the magnificent creature, and doubled as pet therapy for other Woodingford residents that joined in.
Members of the Oxford County Naval Veterans Association made the wish of one Woodingford Lodge resident come true by hosting a fishing trip at the Woodstock Navy Club’s pond. Ralph, whose wish it was to go fishing, brought some friends along to cast some lines, enjoy the weather and catch a few fish.
A visit to the African Lion Safari made a wish come true for Beulah. It has been Beulah’s wish to get up close with an elephant and she had her chance, getting to touch an elephant's trunk. Special thanks to Voyageur Bus Lines for providing transportation, the Woodingford Lodge Auxiliary, and of course African Lion Safari for making Beulah's wish come true!