Andrew Johnson just turned 30. Many people with his condition – Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – don’t live past 25.
The degenerative neuromuscular disorder requires a great deal of specialized care, which is why Andrew now lives in Deer Lodge Centre. Here, he’s surrounded by health care professionals who are alert to his needs. He gets physiotherapy twice a week, support from a social worker, devices to help manage his world independently… and more friends than he could ask for.
His mother Faith says, “He went from sitting on a chesterfield at home, watching TV with his parents, to a having this whole new world to explore, and this whole other Deer Lodge family, with grandparents and aunts and uncles who love him. It’s a complete community that looks after him and has everything he needs.”
Charging from one end of Deer Lodge Centre to the other in his motorized wheelchair, Andrew has a busy schedule that includes volunteering, bingo games, art classes that improve his hand-eye coordination, and stopping to lift the spirits of any patient or resident who is feeling under the weather.
“So many people stop me and tell me how much they love Andrew,” says his mother, Faith. “He’s always keeping an eye out for those around him. The nurses and staff tell me his being there makes a huge difference.”
Thanks to you…
Our staff work closely with residents and their families to ensure they receive the care they need.
Your gift will help us continue to provide 24-hour specialized nursing care and an excellent quality of life for our long-term residents, and enhance programs such as:
- REHABILITATION SERVICES, including physiotherapy programs
- CHRONIC CARE programs for residents who require professional, around-the-clock medical supervision and/or intervention
- OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY for patients and residents needing help maintaining or regaining basic living and working skills, access and mobility
- SOCIAL ACTIVITIES, PROGRAMS, SPACES, AND FACILITIES for the many residents who call Deer Lodge Centre their home
- CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT such as power chairs, lifts, and other devices to help our residents and patients remain mobile, comfortable and independent
- SOCIAL WORK SUPPORT that links residents and patients to essential programs, services and resources in the community