Long Term Care

Why Kiwanis?

I was living in a lovely, small apartment in a complex called Dunwood Mansions. Just across the alley from us was this very attractive complex called Kiwanis Care Centre.

Kiwanis Care Centre view from Dunwood on the right

I would regularly walk down to the shops using the shortcut staircase that Kiwanis would kindly let us use. Along the way one could here people chatting in their patio.

In the fall, the trees planted in front of the building would change to their beautiful autumn colors.

I am not sure when, but as my condition worsened, the conviction that Kiwanis would be my first choice for long term care started to grow and I put it as my number one choice on the Fraser Health wait list.

And so, last November I got a call I never expected in my wildest dreams, from Kiwanis – they have a room for me! I would have to share at first but would soon have my own room.

Two weeks later, with the help of wonderful friends and family, I was a resident of Kiwanis!


Opening Remarks

Purpose of Blog

This blog is intended for me as a place where I can publish personal thoughts and experiences while living in long term care. I hope that what I write may also be useful to others going through similar experiences.

Two-way Communication

Ideally, I would have liked the website to encourage discussion with friends and family that I really care about. That would imply allowing comments to the posts but I decided against that.

Mostly the audience will be friends and family, who all know how to get in touch with me should they want to discuss anything that I have posted or that they want me to post about. Therefore I have not included the usual comments system open to all.

My previous experience with public comments have not been good. Security is another concern in long term care facilities.