Toronto (May 16, 2004) - Lakeside Long-Term Care Centre, a partnership facility between Extendicare Canada Inc and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, opened its doors last week, admitting the first of 128 residents that will call the centre, home.

"First and foremost, our priority is to our residents," says Shelly Jamieson, president of Extendicare (Canada) Inc. "These are not buildings. These are homes and we do everything in our power to ensure that our residents feel the same way. From the design of our facilities to the services offered, our residents' needs shape our decisions."

"We have become very good at extending lives, but we need to do more than that, we need to make that life worth living," says Dr. James Edney, Medical Director for Lakeside and for Toronto Rehab's Complex Continuing Care Program. "We focus on treating people as individuals, providing them with as much autonomy and decision-making power as possible. For most people, moving into a long-term care facility reflects a loss- of heath and independence. We do what we can to restore that person's sense that they are still in charge of their lives."

Conveniently located at 150 Dunn Avenue, Lakeside Long-Term Care Centre has created approximately 130 employment opportunities within the community.

Design Features
The standard rooms within Lakeside Long-Term Care Centre surpass the Ontario government's design guidelines by 20 per cent, maximizing residents' private space. Individual "home" areas offer residents and staff the opportunity to get to know one another better, leading to more individualized care.

The centre features:

  • Capacity for 128 residents, living in private and standard accommodation rooms;
  • Eighty private rooms, each with its own bathroom;
  • 48 standard rooms;
  • Four distinct home areas which include resident rooms, a dining room, lounge and activity space for 32 residents;
  • An on-site beauty salon and barber shop;
  • Outdoor terraces on upper levels to provide additional outdoor space overlooking spacious gardens and the neighbourhood;
  • An inter-faith spiritual room off the main lobby area;
  • A celebration dining room for private resident and family functions;
  • A country kitchen for informal resident dining and home baking, and
  • A landscaped courtyard providing a secure outdoor space for residents to enjoy the gardens and fresh air.

Each home area includes:

  • Its own separate entrance;
  • State of the art equipment in separate bathing and shower rooms, formally called "spas"
  • An activity room, an intimate living room lounge and a cozy dining room, and
  • A well lit and secured "memory box" curio cabinet at the entrance of each resident room for treasured mementos.

Extendicare has a proud history of developing and operating health care facilities on behalf of hospitals, municipalities and facility owners. This tradition includes the McCall Centre, a 120-bed complex continuing care centre located at the Queensway campus of the Trillium Health Centre in Etobicoke, the 116-bed long-term care centre located within York Central Hospital in Richmond Hill, Wyndham Manor, a 128-bed long-term care facility operated in partnership with Halton Healthcare and West Park Long-Term Care Centre, managed on behalf of West Park Healthcare Centre.

About Extendicare (Canada) Inc.

Extendicare (Canada) Inc. was founded in Canada in 1968 and remains owned and operated by Canadians. It is one of the largest providers of long-term care in Canada, operating a total of 80 long-term care centres with a capacity for just over 10,000 residents. Extendicare (Canada) Inc. also provides development, management and consulting services to a wide array of clients in the health care industry. It is the largest private sector provider of home health care services in Canada through ParaMed Home Health Care. For more information about the company, please visit our website at www.extendicare.com.

About Toronto Rehab

A fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto, Toronto Rehab is Canada's largest hospital that provides adult rehabilitation services and complex continuing care. Toronto Rehab is advancing rehabilitation knowledge and practice through research, education and patient care. For more information about Toronto Rehab, please visit our website at www.torontorehab.com.

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