By Mike Renzella
The Haldimand Press
DUNNVILLE—Grandview Lodge is getting creative with new features designed to make life better for its residents.
“We work with the Montessori philosophy of care and we’re always looking for ways to improve the health and well-being of our residents. We know that one of the things we need to try and overcome in long-term care is boredom,” said Jennifer Jacob, Administrator at Grandview Lodge.
The home is committed to maximizing the space within to include activities that residents can engage with independently, with minimal facilitation from staff. The goal is to reduce boredom for higher-functioning residents, while freeing up staff to assist lower-functioning residents who more highly benefit from one-on-one programming.
The Grandview team identified two areas within the home that they felt were being under-utilized and began planning some upgrades. Of the two areas, the fireplace lounge will be re-designed as a nature room. This decision was based on a study by the University of Toronto on the impact of natural environments on both staff and residents of long-term care facilities, which Grandview participated in last summer. The study indicated that Grandview currently offers many opportunities to engage with nature on the grounds, but options were more limited inside the facility when weather or other factors make outdoor time unfeasible.