Celebrating National Volunteer Appreciation Week April 7 - 13
National Volunteer Week is April 7-13, 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!
Gardening at Woodingford
Here is the loaf of bread with a large cucumber grown in the garden at Peach Place, Woodingford Lodge, Woodstock. What a treat it will be for the residents to cut it up and eat it with a little onion, or however they like to eat it.
Also Orchard Lane/Apple Grove Central Courtyard grew this beautiful Sunflower. The courtyard is used by all residents living in Woodingford as well as their families.
Pictured by the Sunflower is Judy Crane, Resident Council President.
Roll & Stroll a resounding success
The sun was shining on June 1, 2018 as Woodingford Lodge volunteers, staff and residents participated in the Roll & Stroll, in support of the Woodstock Hospital Foundation's Dairy Captial Run. Participants raised pledges and took a lap around the Woodingford Lodge Woodstock facility, with the funds raised - a total of $2,078! - being added to the Dairy Capital total.
Woodingford Lodge welcomes international students
In May 2018, Lennert van der Klis and Lyset Koers, nursing students from Holland, visited Woodingford Lodge in Woodstock as part of an exchange trip to gain an understanding of long term care in Canada. Woodingford Lodge Nurse Practitioner Stacy Crown coordinated the education opportunity with the Nurse Practitioner Association of Ontairo. Lennert and Lyset spent the day shadowing Stacy, gaining first-hand insight into the role of a nurse practitioner at Woodingford.
The nursing students also spent some time with Dutch Woodingford Lodge resident Fryke Velstra Ooostenbrug, discussing her experience receving long term care in Canada. Woodingford Lodge is excited to play a part in an international exchange of knowledge that aligns with their continued committment to providing the highest quality long term care.
Woodingford Lodge residents, staff and volunteers honoured by Ontario Long Term Care Association
November was an exciting month for the staff, volunteers and residents of Woodingford Lodge, as they were honoured on four separate occasions at the This is Long Term Care awards gala, based on their achievements in long-term care.
Woodingford's Best Practice Spotlight Implementation Team was honoured with the Quality Improvement Team of the Year Award for their dedication to high quality, family and resident-centered care. In addition, volunteer and resident Judy Crane received a Lifetime Achievement Certificate for her significant involvement and commitment to supporting fellow residents and the local community. Volunteers within the long-term care community were also recognized, including the Old Tyme Music Band and Woodingford Lodge Auxiliary team.
The dedication to high quality care at Woodingford Lodge will continue to be a point of pride in our community for residents, staff and volunteers, alike. More information regarding the awards can be found here.