Veterans Care - Services

Dementia Care

Location of units

Our inpatient Veterans care units are all in the Western Counties Wing of Parkwood Institute Main Building.

Description of population served

We provide care that promotes health and well-being and meets the social and spiritual needs of veterans with moderate to severe dementia.

Philosophy of care

We provide supportive and individualized care that focuses on strengths and abilities. Our goal is to maintain Veterans’ physical and social well-being throughout their lifespan regardless of changes in their capacity for independence.

We work with families so they are aware of, and can adjust to, the changes that happen over time with dementia.

Services offered

This program provides supported on-unit and off-unit recreational and social activities for Veterans living with dementia. In addition, the secure, code-accessed unit provides a safe environment in which veterans can maintain a comfortable level of independent mobility and casual interaction with others.

Physical Supportive Program

Location of units

Physical Supportive has one unit, 3 Kent Essex located on the 3rd floor in the Western Counties Wing.

Description of population served

We assist Veterans whose daily functioning is affected by physical health problems requiring nursing care.

Philosophy of care

Our goal is to maintain Veterans’ physical and social well-being regardless of changes in their capacity for independent functioning. We promote quality of life by supporting independence where possible while providing assistance with activities of daily living as needed.

We work with families so they are aware of and can adjust to the changes that happen over time with aging and various health conditions.

Services offered

We provide the necessary level of support to the Veteran through an interdisciplinary team with expertise specific to the needs of the Veterans they serve.

This program provides many on-unit and off-unit recreational and social activities for Veterans. These activities enable veterans to relax in the companionship of others and socialize among themselves as well as with family and friends.

Psychosocial Support Program

Location of unit

The Psychosocial Support Program has one unit, 4 Bruce/Elgin, located on the 4th floor in the Western Counties Wing.

Description of population served

We assist Veterans whose daily functioning is primarily affected by mental health conditions and mild to moderate cognitive impairments.

Philosophy of care:

Our goal is to maintain Veterans’ physical and social well-being throughout their lifespan regardless of changes in their capacity for independence. We facilitate personal well-being and community living by supporting social skills, encouraging responsibility for one’s own actions and offering opportunities for involvement in structured and casual communal activities.

We work with families so they are aware of and can adjust to the changes that happen over time with aging and various health conditions.

Services offered

We provide the necessary level of support to the Veteran through an interdisciplinary team with expertise specific to the needs of the Veterans they serve.

We provide many opportunities for residents to socialize and participate in formal (organized) and informal (casual) activities based on leisure preferences and care needs. These activities enable veterans to relax in the companionship of others and socialize among themselves as well as with family and friends.

Veterans Arts

Location of program

The Veterans Arts studios occupy 4000 square feet of specially designed space on level 1 of the Arthur J. Hobbin’s Building at Parkwood Institute.

Description of the population served

The Veterans Arts program, established in 1946, offers a variety of traditional and contemporary art and craft activities. 

There are three well equipped studios, on unit activities and a music therapy program.

Philosophy of care

The Veterans Arts is a vibrant communal area where Veterans complete beautiful works of art and fun projects while enjoying the company of other Veterans and art therapists/instructors. Projects are adapted to the needs of each participant. No artistic experience is necessary.

Services offered

The Veterans Arts Program is fully funded by Veterans Affairs Canada and participation is free for resident Veterans at Parkwood Institute. 

Participants can buy what they create or they can receive the profits from the sale of their work. Two large, annual sales are held in June and November to coincide with D-Day and Remembrance Day.

We collaborate with other Veterans Care Program staff and are assisted by an indispensable team of volunteers.

  • Dignity Matters Here

    We recognize everyone’s unique needs with respect and compassion.

    Chuck