Prior to my mother becoming a resident at Riverside Lions in 2018, my sister and I had looked at many Supportive Housing seniors residences in Winnipeg. Of course just like for everyone in this situation, finding good care for our mother in a place where she would be happy and well looked after was top priority for us. This was a learning experience for both of us as neither of us have ever had to do this before. When searching for the right place for mom, it was a bit of a let down for us when we discovered that many senior’s residences do not prepare their own fresh meals within their complex. The meals are prepared and transported to the complex from outside locations, some locations as far away as Brandon, MB. At Riverside Lions however, they have their own kitchen in the same building with a professional chef and kitchen staff that prepare all meals fresh daily. In the past, myself and a few other members of our family have had the pleasure and opportunity to join mom and the other tenants for a meal at Riverside Lions on a few occasions, and the meal we had was always served hot, fresh, and tasty just like a home cooked meal should be. So for us, that was a big part of our decision to have mom become a permanent resident at Riverside Lions.
Aside from the great food and meals the tenants get at Riverside Lions, it goes way beyond that. There is also great group of staff on every individual floor, caring for and keeping watch on all the tenants for their safety and well–being. I know that on my mom’s particular floor, each tenant has their own suite or living quarters and everyone makes their way to the Lounge at mealtimes. If for any reason someone is missing in the dinner hall, it is quickly noticed by the staff and someone will go to their room and get them. So if anyone happens to have possibly fallen asleep or may be ill in some way, it is quickly noticed by the staff and immediate, proper action is taken. If a tenant becomes ill or has any other medical issues, then the family person of contact (which is me in this case), is immediately notified. I have been notified on a few occasions over the years when she had fallen ill or required a trip to the doctor. So therefore, nobody will be left in their room at mealtime and be left unnoticed if they are missing. Some tenants prefer to stay in their rooms more than others, and for the ones that do, they are checked up on periodically through they day, and also, all tenants are checked on a couple or few times throughout the night as well.
On a daily basis, the staff on every floor also will administer the medication my mom requires, properly and professionally, on time and the right amount, as all her medications for her and all tenants is delivered to Riverside Lions in individual bubble packs. This was also a relief for my sister and me as our mother, just like many other tenants must take a couple different medications daily at different times.
There is also a great number of enjoyable activities and daily exercise for tenants to engage in several times a day if desired. It is up to each tenant to participate if they want, but it is encouraged by the staff to attend to keep everyone engaged mentally, socially, and to get a bit daily exercise. When tenants are in their room at activity time, a member of the staff will go to their room and ask them if they would like to participate. This makes for a happy tenant, I know that because my mom is always happy and upbeat which I’m sure is because of all the activities she engages in, especially bingo lol. She gets around in a walker but still goes out to all activities. Whenever I try to phone her, it can sometimes take days to catch her in her room because she’s always out at an activity or just visiting or watching TV in the big recreation room with all her friends. When there are no lockdowns or COVID restrictions in place, I know they sometimes have outside entertainment brought in from time to time, (such as an Elvis impersonator, and nice dogs around to pet and so on), and they also go on nice field trips in the summer. I know mom has been on trips to the mall, to a park, to a horse ranch, and to The Forks to name a few.
So all in all, myself and my whole family is so happy we found Riverside Lions for my mom and I know she couldn’t be happier. I would recommend to anyone.