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A serious car accident put Helga Cyskmistruk into intensive care. After she was treated for a collapsed lung, broken ribs, femur and sternum, and fractured vertebrae, hand and elbow, she moved into Deer Lodge Centre for 14 months of extensive physiotherapy.

“I was the youngest person on my floor — my roommates were in their eighties and nineties. I fell in love with them. They became true friends, and to this day I still keep in touch with their families. And I still love visiting the floor I used to stay on during rehabilitation, to visit the nurses and staff I met there.”

After she was released from Deer Lodge, she moved into an assisted living retirement centre. But Deer Lodge still feels like home – so Helga continues to volunteer for us on a regular basis.

She’s come a long way since her accident: from not moving at all, to needing a wheelchair, to getting around with the help of a four-wheel walker.

“It’s so nice,” she says, “to move on my own two feet again.”

Thanks to you…

Your gift will make a huge difference in the lives of people like Helga, who need our rehabilitation programs before and after returning home.

Your support will also serve our outpatient and outreach programs which serve the community at large, including:

  • PRIME, a program that provides seniors with activities and support during the day –including medical care, personal care, social activities and exercises, after-hours support, rehabilitation, home care coordination, and more, transportation, lunch and snacks – so they can live independently in the community
  • DAY HOSPITAL, which provides assessment and rehabilitation services to clients 1-2 times per week to promote healthy living for seniors in the community and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions
  • GERIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES providing short-term intervention, education and support to persons experiencing cognitive and/or mental health problems, as well as their families and care providers, on an outreach basis
  • COMMUNICATION DEVICES PROGRAM ensuring Speech Generating Devices, which augment or replace spoken language, are available and affordable to all eligible adults in Manitoba