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As part of our information on Local Retirement residences I have asked some of our finest community care givers in established and newer residences to talk about how it all began
Today I want to share the story of Woodhall Park Retirement Village, in the city of Brampton, from one of the long time staff Pat Crake. Pat is a valued member of Making Our Seniors Matter and has enthusiastically demonstrated her love for, respect of and dedication to Seniors. We absolutely love when someone immediately smiles and shines as they talk about their place of work, and those they care for. Here is the History as sent to us by Pat.Thank you Pat!
WHERE IT BEGAN
If you enjoy hearing about Brampton history then the story about the development of Woodhall Park Retirement Village will not disappoint you.
It was 1987 when Albert Post, former administrator of Brampton's Peel Memorial Hospital, first noticed a need for the elderly. He noticed the elderly often showed up at the hospital because they had no other place to go when they were having trouble managing on their own. Families didn't know where to go and the thought of moving their parent into a nursing home when they didn't require nursing care was unthinkable. Albert and some physicians he worked closely with, decided to take a page from the U.S. and began developing plans for an "Assisted Living" environment to support the needs of these elderly and their families.
It seemed only fitting after Albert and his partners purchased one of the Woodhall family homesteads located in the Heart Lake community of Brampton, to name the new Retirement Home after this family who pioneered the land over the years. Therefore, in May 1988 the doors opened and Woodhall welcomed their new family members. We are fortunate to be able to say that some staff members from this very day still remain with us to this very day. When I ask why they have stayed so long, their answer is simple: "This is my home and these people are my family.
Woodhall Park Retirement Village remains a boutique home in a time when everything else is becoming part of a "Big Box" environment. You could say we are the quaint
B&B rather than the large hotel where no one knows your name. Although we have remained intimate and privately owned we still pride ourselves at having the capability to offer all the services which are offered at those chain homes. Woodhall has the ability to do what we feel is best for each individual and make appropriate changes if necessary on the drop of a dime, rather than waiting and relying upon big corporate officers to make decisions for any changes required.
As the children of our first residents are now aging, they have decided that the Woodhall family is the only place they wish to come back home to and have their own care needs met, and to me that proves we are doing it right!
www.woodhallpark.ca or 905-846-1441. (Sandalwood Pkwy. & Kennedy Rd)WHERE IT BEGAN