Extendicare Peterborough

In lives full of remarkable moments, we help create even more.

Whether it’s a brief encounter or a life changing event, these unique moments enrich lives. And we do everything we can to make them happen.

To give you an idea of how we can make a difference, here are Remarkable Moments from our home.

Our Remarkable Moments

Mr. B's Recovery

Mr. B. was a quiet, kindly man who started to show signs of depression and withdrawal.

Mr. B. was a quiet, kindly man who started to show signs of depression and withdrawal. Our Behavioural Support Worker sat with him and, in an effort to make a connection, asked him what kind of activities he liked. Slightly startled, Mr. B. replied, “Well, no one has ever asked me that before. Thank you.” Soon he was relating stories of his work and career, about his 5 adopted children and of his late wife whom he adored. He spoke of feelings of love and loss and soon both he and the Behavioural Support Worker were in tears. From that, they began playing cards together and, over the course of the next few weeks his concentration improved and he played faster and better. The joy all this brought to him was amazing. Now he is more outgoing and engages socially with other residents. He still tells our Behavioural support worker how happy she made him feel…and then apologizes for forgetting her name. As someone once said, “They may not remember your name, but they will remember how you made them feel.”

Mrs. G's Memories

Mrs. G. was relatively young when she came to us as a result of having suffered a brain injury that left her blind.

Mrs. G. was relatively young when she came to us as a result of having suffered a brain injury that left her blind. Being a Grade 5 teacher, and the fact that she enjoyed being a teacher and was very good at it, was all that she could remember about her past. Everything else was a blank. Using that connection our Behavioural Support Worker introduced objects and textures such as playdough and different fragrances in an effort to stimulate a memory cascade. It worked. Suddenly Mrs. G. started remembering her brother was a baker and about the smell of pies. She remembered her husband and a pair of red shoes she used to wear when he took her dancing. The memories generated a sense of joy in Mrs. G. that was evident. She told her PSW how grateful she was and how the Behavioural Support worker made her feel good and also smart.