County of Renfrew

04/26/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/26/2019 10:27

Miramichi Lodge - Green Garden Oasis Receives Federal Funding

04/26/19

Pembroke: The residents of Miramichi Lodge will soon have a new venue to enjoy the benefits of socialization and community inclusion in the great outdoors. Cheryl Gallant, MP, recently contacted the Home to personally advise that the concept of a 'Green Garden Oasis' application to the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program was successful. Thanks to the federal program, Miramichi Lodge will receive $25,000 towards enhancing outdoor space on the beautiful waterfront property, including the installation of accessible paved pathways, raised flowerbeds, table planters, patio furniture and benches.

Warden Jennifer Murphy notes that; 'the project was inspired by residents living in the Home particularly those with dementia who are at an increased risk of isolation and often long for time outdoors. Planning for the submission of the grant application was truly a team effort including critical input from a group of twelve discerning Miramichi Lodge residents.' County of Renfrew Health Committee Chair Michael Donohue that governs the Home, adds that; 'the project will promote social interaction among seniors through several planned activities in a safe and inviting outdoor space.' Nancy Lemire, a Resident Care Co-ordinatior at the Lodge and author of the grant, advises the 'oasis' will also support the Home to introduce several new recreation programs such as picnics, gardening, outdoor strolls and ice cream in the garden. 'Expanding the Home's volunteer ranks is another benefit expected of the program, enticing engagement with residents in gardening and other outdoor activities. Stay tuned for your invitation to join us in the 'Oasis' as the concept soon becomes reality', adds Mrs. Lemire.

Miramichi Lodge, a highly regarded long-term care home located in Pembroke, Ontario, is a municipally (not-for-profit) owned and operated by the County of Renfrew and City of Pembroke. Since 1969, a wide-range of quality long-term programs and services including 24 hour nursing care, accommodation, meals, as well as physiotherapy programs and a variety of social and recreational activities have been provided to the 166 residents who call the Lodge 'home'. Miramichi Lodge also offers a variety of community services such as respite care, Meals on Wheels in the Pembroke and Petawawa areas, a community Heart Wise walking program, chronic disease self management workshops, family support groups for dementia and monthly community paramedic wellness clinics. Miramichi Lodge was recently awarded a Four Year Accreditation with Exemplary Standing Award. This represents the highest award granted by Accreditation Canada and provides the Home with the opportunity to benchmark their programs and services to national standards and assists in continuous quality improvements.

For more information, visit our website at www.countyofrenfrew.on.ca or call:

Shelley Sheedy Director of Long-Term Care, County of Renfrew 613 433-8307

Michael Barber Media Relations/Grants Coordinator , County of Renfrew 613-735-7288

Photo, L-R:
Nancy Lemire, Resident Care Coordinator; Michael Donohue, Chair of the Count of Renfrew Health Committee; Jennifer Murphy, Warden of the County of Renfrew; Cheryl Gallant, MP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke; Paul Moreau, Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk County of Renfrew; Shelley Sheedy, Director of Long-Term Care County of Renfrew.