Extendicare Kawartha Lakes

Our Difference

We understand the decision to transition to long-term care is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. We want to ensure your decision is a positive one. Below are some of our home’s points of difference:

The calendar is always full. You can be as active as you like.

For some people, the key to living better is filling every day with meaningful activities that bring people together, build bonds and create shared experiences.

Whether it’s tapping the power of music to engage a resident with dementia, attending worship services, participating in exercise classes, or reminiscing with a friendly volunteer, there’s always something going on at Extendicare Kawartha Lakes. Check “News & Events”

Here, residents lead active and engaged lives.

This is home. Your home.

We want you to feel at home. We’ll support you in becoming an active and engaged member of your new community and enjoy life to the best of your ability.

We have a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Not only do we work very hard to integrate residents into our community and feel at home, we’re also committed to making families feel at home here too. The following are some of the measures we take to help our residents settle in and also help family members feel comfortable and get involved:

  • Meet Your Care Team: On their first day, new residents and family members are greeted by our Social Worker and his or her Primary Caregiver to begin building a relationship of trust.
  • Residents Council Welcome: Every new resident receives a welcome card from the Residents Council as well as a welcome card and stuffed animal from the staff.
  • Personalize Your Room: Residents are encouraged to bring personal items such as a favourite bedspread, personal photos and small items to make their rooms feel more like home.
  • Resident Care Plan: We immediately start working on the new resident’s Care Plan which includes building a ‘Past Life History” to begin to know the resident’s preferences, likes, dislikes, bedtime, favourite foods, work history and so on. Family members, along with their loved one, participate actively in all aspects of the development of the resident’s Care Plan.
  • Monthly Family Meetings: We host general family meetings every other month where family members can gather information, listen to guest speakers on relevant topics, ask questions and raise concerns and issues.
  • Bi-monthly Newsletter: We have a bi-monthly resident/family newsletter that we distribute.
  • Family Involvement: Family members are encouraged and welcomed to participate in activities with their loved one.
  • Open Door Policy: Our open door policy means that family members can approach us at any time with questions they may have or just to talk.
  • Palliative Care Program: We have a comprehensive Palliative Care program that provides comfort, support and dignity to residents who are approaching the end of life and to family members who are grieving the loss of their loved one.

We connect you to the community.

Maintaining strong connections to others is essential to keeping people active and involved.

Getting you out into the community and bringing the community into our home is important to your quality of life. Here are some of the ways in which the residents and staff get involved with the community, and how the community connects with us:

  • Resident Outings: Residents always look forward to our weekly outings. Trips include everything from shopping excursions and live theatre to trips to Casino Rama in Orillia and picnics at the locks with ice cream at the Kawartha Dairy.
  • Fall Colours Tour: In the fall, we organize a tour out into the countryside to enjoy the breathtaking colours of autumn.
  • Christmas Lights Tour: Every Christmas, our residents tour the city to enjoy the bright festive lights.
  • 3-Day Camping Trip: Our annual 3-day camping trip to Algonquin Park is a highlight for many of our residents.
  • Lindsay Fall Fair: Every year, our residents make preserves, as well as produce a number of crafts and works of art for entry into the Lindsay Fall Fair.
  • Intergenerational Program: Our Intergenerational Program brings elementary and high school students from local schools into our home to spend time with our residents working on projects.
  • Student Placement Opportunities: We provide placement opportunities for students in the RN, RPN, PSW, Social Work, and Recreational and Business programs at Sir Sanford Fleming, Trent University, Loyalist College and Durham College.- Community Service Hours: We also provide local high school students with the opportunity to earn their 40 hour community service credit.
  • Palliative Care Network: Our home is involved in the regional 4-county Palliative Care Network hosting education days in the community and sharing knowledge and resources to improve palliative care in our community.
  • Hospital Board Involvement: Our senior staff members are active with local hospital boards to have a voice at the table for issues involving long-term care and the elderly.
  • CCAC Involvement: We are also active with the CCAC in a variety of issues regarding seniors in the community and long-term care.
  • Summer Olympics: Every year we organize a Summer Olympics with the other 4 long-term care homes in our community. There are official opening and closing ceremonies with residents proudly representing their respective homes. There are a variety of fun competitions with gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to the victories competitors.
  • Summer Jamboree: Each summer we host a Summer Jamboree for our community with a barbeque, live entertainment, dancing, face painting, crafts, a petting zoo, games, cotton candy and popcorn.
  • Christmas Bazaar: Our annual Christmas bazaar features a Bake Sale and Tea Room with vendors from the community selling their wares. It is advertised in the community and we always enjoy a strong turnout.
  • Antique and Classic Car Show: We host 2 Antique and Classic Car Shows in our parking lot every summer which are a hit with residents family members and the community in general.
  • Lakeland Village Gala: Our annual Lakeland Village Gala is a formal evening with a delicious meal, dancing and live entertainment that is well supported in our community.