Miramichi Lodge offers a wide range of long-term care programs and services designed for the well-being of all residents. The Eden Alternative Philosophy of Care which seeks to eliminate boredom, loneliness and helplessness by providing children and animal companionship and the opportunity to care for other living things like plants, fish, birds and dogs, is embraced:
Nursing and Medical Care
The Lodge provides 24-hour individualized nursing care by Registered Nurses (RN’s) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPN’s) as well as Personal Support Workers (PSW’s) to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and social needs of the residents. An interdisciplinary approach to care is practiced in the Lodge, which includes the involvement of the resident and family whenever possible. We share the services of a Nurse Practitioner (NP) with Bonnechere Manor. NP’s are RN’s with an expanded scope of practice, working in collaboration with the physicians to provide timely assessment and medical treatment. In addition, there is a Medical Director and regularly attending Physicians. The Lodge also provides assistance with transportation arrangements for medical appointments.
In addition, the Home provides onsite Palliative Care. Miramichi Lodge staff and volunteers are committed to provide specialized care to the terminally ill residents of the Home including physical, emotional and spiritual support for the residents and their families
The Food Services Department, with the assistance of a Registered Dietitian, serves a variety of nutritious meals and snacks to the residents of the Lodge with the goal of a pleasurable dining experience. The Lodge provides many special dining events, such as candlelit dinners, theme dinners and barbeques. Family participation is encouraged. Meals are served in a dining room on each unit, with access to screened-in terraces or secured outdoor gardens.
Recreation & Rehabilitation Programs
Recreational programs and activities contribute to the physical, intellectual, social and psychosocial well-being of the individuals that make Miramichi Lodge their home. Recreation Programmers provide a wide variety of activities on a daily basis, including large and small groups, individual visits and community outings. Monthly activity calendars are available ResidentActivityCalendar and family members are encouraged to join in.
A speciality therapy offered is “snoezelen’; as a result of generous donations from the community, a special room on a dementia unit has been filled with special lights, soothing sounds, a variety of textures and calming pictures as well as a comfortable chair to help decrease anxiety and agitation for residents with dementia.
Thanks to the Miramichi Lodge Foundation, the Home also offers a unique Adult Literacy Program.
Physiotherapy services are directed by an onsite physiotherapist and include daily exercises, individualized and group programs as well as therapeutic programs as prescribed. When required, the services of an occupational therapist or speech pathologist may be accessed through the Champlain Community Care Access Centre.
Miramichi Lodge provides spiritual support through an organized pastoral care program, which responds to the needs and desires of the residents. Regularly scheduled multi-faith services are held in the chapel.
Housekeeping, Laundry & Maintenance
A key focus of this group is to provide prompt, efficient support to the residents and other departments in the provision of safe and secure equipment, facility and property.
Miramichi Lodge also offers a variety of additional long-term care programs and services for our residents:
The Miramichi Lodge Auxiliary operates a Gift Shop, located on the main floor across from the front entrance. Resident crafts, gifts, cards and snacks available for purchase raise valuable funds to enhance the life style of our residents, such as birthday & Christmas gifts or equipment items. The Auxiliary also organizes a number of valuable resident programs including monthly resident birthday and Christmas parties, the Strawberry Social and bingos as well as several fundraising events such as a Valentine’s card party and the Tulip Tea.
The Miramichi Lodge Beauty/Barber Shop is located on the first floor and regular and ongoing resident services can be coordinated for a fee, and is also open to the community: 613-735-0175 ext. 113.
The Home leases office space to an external chiropractor, Dr. Kasbia, who can provide chiropractic services to the residents for a fee, and is also open to the community: 613-732-1234.
Research indicates that there is a direct link between oral health and general health. Dental Hygienist services for residents are provided by an external service provider for a fee.
A suite is available for overnight accommodation of residents’ family members for a fee. Family members of residents designated as palliative are given first priority in reserving this suite.
The Family Council can give families a voice in decisions that affect their loved ones in our Home and the health care system. Family representatives meet regularly to review policies and provide input and feedback on programs and services.
Family Dining Room
Each RHA includes its own central dining room for resident use. Guests may be accommodated as space permits, for a fee. Miramichi Lodge also provides a private dining room available for family gatherings and private meals.
Foot Care Nurse
Basic foot care is provided by the Home’s nursing staff. If a resident requires advanced foot care, an external Advanced Foot Care Service can be accessed for a fee.
The Miramichi Lodge Foundation volunteer Boards’ mission is to enhance the well-being and quality of life for the residents at the Home through fundraising events. There are a number of options to support this mission, such as In memoriam donations.
The Learning for Life Literacy Program helps residents improve and maintain literacy skills. It is based on an educational curriculum model, facilitated by an external qualified instructor and funded by the Foundation.
The Home uses the services of a contract Pharmacist who is on-site a minimum of once a week to meet with residents/families and staff.
The main purpose of the Miramichi Lodge Resident Council is to improve the quality of life of residents. All residents are encouraged and welcomed to join the regular meetings.
Sewing services for resident’s personal clothing such as hemming, replacing buttons and other small repairs/alterations are available by an external provider for a fee.
Accessible and/or non-emergency transportation appointments, including the use of a volunteer escort, may be booked through the Home, for a fee.
Trust accounts are maintained by the Home on behalf of the residents for their financial convenience and are strictly maintained in compliance with applicable legislation.
Miramichi Lodge has Ontario Telemedicine Network video conferencing equipment on site. We may be able to connect to another OTN site for a medical appointment/consulting, reducing the need for residents to travel.
Visiting Library Program
Volunteers deliver and pick up books for residents from the Pembroke Public Library.
Volunteers make a valuable contribution to the lives of our residents, providing assistance and pleasure from those in the community that bring in the outside world. Volunteers provide a wide variety of activities including individual visitation, clerical support, escort services, musical entertainment, outings and so on.