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Cedarhurst Home: Dementia care that hugs the soul and ignites the spirit 

It is our responsibility to deliver the best-possible care for our residents and ensure that people living with dementia have the opportunity to live life to the fullest. We are making changes that will improve the way we provide those services. We are moving to a method of caring that extensive research tells us is the very best in the field. It’s called “relational dementia care” because of its strong focus on relationships. It will take the best of what we do and make it better.

While many dementia care centres are focused on the idea that people with dementia “are still themselves,” adopting a person-centred approach, we go one step further. We understand that—for people living with dementia as for all of us—our sense of ourselves comes alive through our bonds with each other. It is in compassionate relationships that we all grow and develop.

Cedarhurst residents will be loved. They will be themselves. Dance. Laugh. Cry. Feel joy and warmth. Sleep through dinner if they want. Talk and listen. Touch and be touched. Play. Bond. Have meaningful things to do. They will be safe. We will support them to evolve and grow, to live their lives fully and deeply. And at the same time support families and staff in their caring experiences.

Our vision is to maintain our intimate, home-like setting and create within it a loving, LIVING culture that leads the way into a new era of dementia care. We will be the first retirement residence in Canada that is fully immersed in relational dementia care, and others will look to us as educators, practitioners and leaders. The journey we are undertaking is grounded in strong science.

We are partnering with an expert who has studied, lived and breathed relational dementia care, Dr. Sherry L. Dupuis, professor at the University of Waterloo and a Co-Principal Investigator of the Partnerships in Dementia Care Alliance. We are thrilled to have Dr. Dupuis to guide us and inspire us through this change. 

To fund this exciting transition to relational dementia care, we require $50,000 in private support. 

Cedarhurst needs your help.

We do not receive public funding. We are a registered charity, operating on a non-for-profit basis. All residents’ fees and donations are used to maintain our Home and deliver care to the residents.

Donations are fully tax deductible and no amount is too small. 

Thank you for considering supporting us, and helping us to change lives.