Extendicare Kirkland Lake

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.

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Remarkable Moments at Extendicare Kirkland Lake

Dedication of Extendicare Kirkland Lake's staff helps to turn resident’s life around

A year ago, Mr. K, an Extendicare Kirkland Lake resident, had given up on life and was ready to receive palliative and end-of-life care. He had several complex-care issues, including Parkinson’s disease, dementia and osteoarthritis. He had lost all mobility. When he was diagnosed with low-pressure hydrocephalus and was told he needed surgery, he declined.

He told the long-term care home’s staff that he wanted to die.

But the home’s staff members weren’t ready to give up on Mr. K. He was encouraged to eat and drink more, and over the next few weeks became more responsive. After consulting with Mr. K’s wife, Mr. K began working with the home’s physiotherapist on passive range-of-motion exercises. These exercises see physiotherapists help people bend their arms, legs and wrists to slowly increase mobility.

Mr. K was cheered on every step of the way by the team, says Jennifer Kasner, the home’s administrator, noting his condition slowly began to improve.

“He slowly regained strength to get up for meals in his wheelchair and was communicating with staff and his wife,” Kasner says. “He then decided to have the surgery and told the staff he wanted to live and play an active role in his grandchildren’s lives. His surgery was a success. He was determined to regain his strength to walk and feed himself again on his own. He reported that he was too young to die.”

Throughout the next 12 months, Mr. K participated in physiotherapy, nursing rehabilitation and restorative care programs. After completing passive range-of-motion exercises, Mr. K moved to active range-of-motion exercises, which involve people moving their arms and legs on their own.

“The staff persevered through his responsive behaviours and never gave up hope that they would assist Mr. K in regaining his ability to walk,” she says.

“He was happy. He was social. He started making beaded jewelry for friends and family. He was living again.”

This article was featured by the Ontario Long Term Care Association

Remarkable Moment at Extendicare Kirkland

The Managers at Extendicare Kirkland Lake played the ConnEXTion, the Extendicare gameboard during a Manager’s meeting

The Managers at Extendicare Kirkland Lake played the ConnEXTion, the Extendicare gameboard during a Manager’s meeting.

The Extendicare gameboard is a fun way for staff, residents, clients, families and community to learn more about Extendicare.

Dennis, the Support Service Manager, who has been with us for 30 years won the game & received a little prize! It was an opportunity to both learn and laugh.

Extendicare Kirkland Lake Celebrate Winter Carnival 2017

In conjunction with the 18 day Kirkland Lake Winter Carniva, residents at Extendicare Kirkland Lake , celebrated winter carnival on Family Day , Feb 20th, 2017.

The activities included “Do you want to build a Snowman”, Indoor Snowball Toss, Ice Fishing and the proverbial favourite chocolate snowball eating (Donuts). The afternoon was enhanced when the Kirkland Lake Carnival Queen and her court made an appearance for the residents and posed for pictures. To complete the carnival experience, the activities department baked up “Beavertails” for the residents to enjoy. All in all, a fantastic winter carnival experience was enjoyed by all residents participating.

Carnival Queen Fashion Show at Extendicare Kirkland Lake

Residents at Extendicare Kirkland Lake enjoyed the Carnival Queen Fashion Show.

It was a festive and fun afternoon at Extendicare Kirkland Lake. Residents enjoyed watching the Carnival Queen Fashion Show. The lovely contestants were all dressed in colourful and glittery dresses. The ladies visited with residents and explained that process for becoming a contestant and what a wonderful time they had. Mr. T. was tickled pink at the attention he received at the fashion show. Thank you ladies for brightening our day.

Road to Recovery

Mr. K was in his mid 60’s when he came to live with us. Today, he is a totally different man and he is able to go home with his wife every 2nd weekend.

Mr. K was in his mid 60s;s when he came to live with us. He was recovering from serious surgery, had Parkinson's disease, was wheelchair bound and couldn't feed himself. He was in very bad condition and his prognosis wasn't good. Over the course of 6 months our dedicated care team got him back to feeding himself. From there they moved forward to getting him to stand from a seated position. Even though he hadn't walked for years he slowly learned to pivot and then began walking on a walking machine. He then graduated to walking with a walker and now he walks on his own.

Today, he is a totally different man and he is able to go home with his wife every 2nd weekend.

Bariatric Treatment

Mr. M., a man in his early 50’s, came to us as an extreme bariatric resident. His physical condition and attitude improved to the point where he was able to be discharged and allowed to go home…and he walked out on his own.

Mr. M., a man in his early 50’s, came to us as an extreme bariatric resident. He weighed over 550 pounds and suffered from severe pressure ulcers and wounds, to the point where they were discussing amputation of his legs. He was totally bed ridden, diabetic and terribly depressed. For months, our nursing staff worked for hours daily to treat his wounds. With our help he set goals to lose weight and stuck to them. Over the next year and half his wounds healed completely and he lost over 200 pounds. His physical condition and attitude improved to the point where he was able to be discharged and allowed to go home…and he walked out on his own.