After many visits to the family doctor and a hospital stay in Durham, it became apparent that Nona’s husband, Lawrence, was deteriorating.
It was not just the process of aging. It was more severe than that. The doctors had diagnosed him with Dementia, caused by Alzheimer’s disease and a stroke.
After an incident of aggressive behaviour, Lawrence was transferred to another hospital for more specialized treatment.
Around this time, her husband’s health had worsened and the hospital was unable to meet his complex mental health needs. Lawrence was admitted to the Geriatric Dementia Unit (GDU) at Ontario Shores for specialized Geriatric care and spent about three months here.
“I knew I was in the right place,” Nona says. “It’s like a light went off. He was eating. He could feed himself. He was talking. He was happy.” Prior to his stay at Ontario Shores, he wasn’t doing any of this.
It wasn’t just the specialized and right care for Lawrence that satisfied Nona.
“I can’t say enough about the staff,” Nona smiles. It was the personal attention and quality of care and kindness her husband had received that lessened her worries. Nona noted that staff attended to her husband’s needs on a timely basis, he was well taken care of, staff chatted with him and kept him involved in hospital recreational or entertainment activities.