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Transforming Dementia Care: The Opening of T7 Dementia Unit at Deer Lodge Centre

Transforming Dementia Care: The Opening of T7 Dementia Unit at Deer Lodge Centre

As Manitoba’s population ages and lifespans extend, the demand for high-quality dementia care has reached unprecedented levels. The need for advanced healthcare strategies tailored to individuals with mild to severe dementia has become increasingly paramount.

With a commitment to meeting the evolving needs of Manitobans affected by dementia, Deer Lodge Centre’s five Dementia Units have been stalwarts in delivering exceptional care. However, recognizing the importance of evolving care models, we are always evolving and always striving for excellence.

Poised to address the burgeoning demand for high-quality healthcare in Manitoba, Deer Lodge Centre embarked on an ambitious plan to revitalize the T7 Dementia Unit.

Innovative features such as new colour-coded hallways are pivotal in creating familiar landmarks, aiding residents in navigation and providing a sense of security within the unit. These design elements serve as essential wayfinding points, helping individuals locate their personal spaces with ease.

Additionally, the renovation of food service areas in the common dining room goes beyond meeting basic dietary needs. These spaces serve as reservoirs of memory-triggering aromas, such as the scent of fresh baking, evoking cherished memories associated with residents’ family life. The infusion of such familiar scents enriches emotional connections, fostering a comforting atmosphere for residents.

The opening of the T7 Dementia Unit at Deer Lodge Centre signifies a monumental leap forward in dementia care. This progressive approach not only reflects the center’s commitment to innovation but also highlights the profound impact of the generosity of visionary donors like The Winnipeg Kinsmen, The Winnipeg Foundation, Wellington-Altus, Thomas Sill Foundation, and Jim Berryere. Their unwavering support has been instrumental in bringing this transformative vision to fruition.

 

“Deer Lodge Centre has remained committed to providing the best quality of life for its residents. The upgrades to its dementia units are designed to improve their patient’s engagement with their environment through innovative design that helps stimulate experiences pre-dementia and to create an environment that feels like home. Winnipeg Kinsmen were pleased to partner with The Deer Lodge Foundation with funds to upgrade these wards so that the team at Deer Lodge Centre are better equipped to offer a life of dignity, joy and peace for those struggling with dementia.”  – Hiren Shah, VP of Service, Winnipeg Kinsmen

“I chose to support this exciting project so that Deer Lodge Centre can continue to provide the best dementia care and quality of life.” – Jim Berryere, private donor

“The Winnipeg Foundation is pleased to support Phase 2 of the Deer Lodge Dementia Unit Project. The impressive redesign of Tower 7 is a testament to the efforts of the Deer Lodge Centre staff, and to the expertise of the Centre’s inter-disciplinary team. These renovations will help Deer Lodge Centre continue to stand at the forefront of dementia care in Manitoba.” – Megan Tate, Vice President of Community Impact, The Winnipeg Foundation.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of our visionary donors for their invaluable contributions, making a tangible difference in the lives of individuals coping with dementia in Manitoba.

Together, let us continue championing advancements in dementia care, ensuring that every individual receives the compassion, dignity, and support they genuinely deserve.

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