Extendicare Mayerthorpe

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

NorQuest College students engage with residents at Extendicare Mayerthorpe.

NorQuest College nursing students had the pleasure of doing their clinical placement and engaging with the residents at Extendicare Mayerthorpe.

Over the past four weeks, Ms. O, a practical nurse instructor at NorQuest College and seven students have had the pleasure of doing their clinical placement at Extendicare Mayerthorpe.

This was the students’ first clinical experience. Ms. O, however, have been in the nursing field for more than thirty years with private, public and international experiences.

Ms. O was impressed with the warmth and openness shown by the leadership team and staff of this facility.

“The care provided to these residents is superb and done in an environment of love and respect. Not only does it feel like a home, it is a home for those who live there,” said Ms. O.

Ms. O and the students were honoured to share in the residents' lives for a short time. The experience and knowledge the students gained is life long and a tribute to the staff who work there.

A special shout out to Tracey, a staff at Extendicare Mayerthorpe for her expertise, warmth and welcome that started before the first placement day right through to the last day.

Resident Donation Spruces up Antique Piano

Resident Val Ferguson approached the administration of Extendicare Mayerthorpe about the possibility of getting the classic piano brought back to its former glory. The grand piano needed some attention to hide the wear and tear due to many years of use and enjoyment. Thank you Val for your generosity.
Creating #RemarkableMomentbefore and after pictures of the grand piano

When entering Extendicare Mayerthorpe these days, many visitors are being drawn to a piece of history that has been given a makeover. No, a resident hasn’t just returned from a Hollywood plastic surgeon – it’s our 120+ year old upright piano. The piano was recently refinished by a local area furniture restorer – Al Kirbyson. A resident, Val Ferguson approached the administration of Extendicare Mayerthorpe about the possibility of getting the classic piano brought back to its former glory.

The grand piano needed some attention to hide the wear and tear due to many years of use and enjoyment. Val, not one to take no for an answer or wanting to wait for budget approvals, offered to pay for it herself. Once transportation was arranged to Rochfort Bridge and back (a special thank you to Ross Bohnet and Bill Tulloch), it took less than three weeks to get it back into the building.

The piano is used regularly by staff, volunteers, and visitors. The residents find the music soothing to their souls. Many are impressed with its sound and tone for an instrument of its age and the amount it is moved around the building. Originally manufactured by the D.W. Karn & Company of Woodstock, Ontario, the “Cabinet Grand” piano had been donated to Blunt’s Nursing Home (one of the former names of Extendicare Mayerthorpe) by Mrs. Mamie George at Christmas in 1971. According to its serial number of 2866, the piano was manufactured in 1891 or 1892 – making it the oldest resident of the building by over 23 years.

We thank all of those who had a hand in the piano’s restoration and look forward to enjoying its music and beauty for years to come.

Mrs. A's Music Therapy

As a result of an acquired brain injury, Mrs. A., in her early 50’s, was schizophrenic, very disruptive and at times violent.

As a result of an acquired brain injury, Mrs. A., in her early 50’s, was schizophrenic, very disruptive and at times violent. By learning about her background and interests we found that she loved musicals. We create a playlist of sound tracks from musicals like Footloose, Mama Mia, Dirty dancing and others that Mrs. A. could listen to through earphones on an iPod. Now, when she can listen to her music, she is much calmer, with reduced behaviours and definitely an improved quality of life.

Mr. K's Recovery

Mr. K., in his mid-eighties, was labeled a palliative by the hospital when he came to live with us.

Mr. K., in his mid-eighties, was labeled a palliative by the hospital when he came to live with us. We disagreed. As a result of dedicated care, support, encouragement and good nutrition, Mr. K. was able to get back on his feet, become active in recreational programs and socialize with other residents.

Care Plans for Recovery

Mrs. F., in her early 80’s, came to us from the hospital. When she arrived she couldn’t walk, her health was deteriorating...

Mrs. F., in her early 80’s, came to us from the hospital. When she arrived she couldn’t walk, her health was deteriorating and she was very confused. Our care team set to work and developed a comprehensive care plan to help her regain her quality of life. Improvements in her diet resulted in her regaining her strength. As she grew stronger, Mrs. F. began to participate in our walking program and ride the stationary bike. Recreational activities focused on brain activity and stimulation. In just over one year, Mrs. F. was walking and full engaged. In fact, just recently she was able to return to B.C. for a military reunion accompanied by a volunteer, and she refused to take her wheelchair.