“Providence is my home now, and there’s no place I’d rather be.”
Ernest (Ernie) and Mary Dodgson moved into our long-term care home, the Houses of Providence, just over a year ago, and truly believe this is their home.
Hailing from England, Ernie was a painter and decorator and also served as part of the British Royal Air Force, while Mary had her hands full, as a stay at home mom of four, and later joined the workforce when they moved their family to Canada.
At 85 (Mary) and 88 (Ernie) years of age, the couple have been married for a lifetime, and have a big family, complete with an army of grandchildren. Their decision to move to Providence was to provide them with the care and independence they wanted, while still being close to their loved ones. There were aspects of their aging and health that they needed additional support with. This support is delivered in spades at Providence Healthcare.
“I love it here,” says Mary. “The staff take really good care of us and I feel comfortable and safe.”
With COVID-19 impacting their ability to see family and friends, they both miss their children and grandchildren.
“We talk to our family as much as we can and the kids come by Providence to wave through the window. It’s so hard not being able to be with them,” said Ernie.
Ernie and Mary feel fortunate to have each other through these days of social isolation and recognize that many of their friends and neighbours in the Houses of Providence, are feeling lonely.
“The staff are doing their best to keep us safe, and that’s all we can ask for,” said Ernie.
Their biggest wish is to be with their grandchildren again, but they also long for walks outside and reuniting with their friends to attend Mass and participate in the social programs at the Houses.
Our residents, like Ernie and Mary, are feeling the impact of COVID-19. A donation to Providence will help create a space in the Houses where residents can gather again, while employing the necessary safety measures through social distancing. They are all missing connection – with family, friends, and each other.
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