Seaside Magazine Bird

Posted On October 27, 2016 By In Features With 2306 Views

Technology That Warms the Heart

by Shannon Donnelly, Broadmead Care – 

At Broadmead Care,

different specialized equipment and technology are used every day to help provide the greatest comfort and care to residents, but you wouldn’t always notice it.

It’s small items like the iPods used in the Music & Memory Program to provide personalized music for dementia patients, bridging the gap for loved ones through the power of music; the electronic overhead lifts that provide comfort and ease of movement for residents and staff; or one of the simplest: blanket warming cabinets. These blanket warmers offer immediate comfort by creating a soothing and calm environment.

“I can remember a resident, just a tiny little lady who did not say much, but might utter ‘cold’ when you spoke to her,” says Kristi Osguthorpe, Assistant Director of Clinical Programs at Broadmead Care. “When you brought her a warm blanket, draped it around her shoulders and tucked it down her back, wrapping it around her with a big hug, she always exclaimed ‘Ooh! Nice …’ I know it made her feel good, but it made me feel good too! Such a small gesture, but such a big impact.”

Having a big impact on the care of residents is what Broadmead Care strives for when working on making “Every Moment Matter.” Every Moment Matters is more than just a slogan: it’s a genuine expression of care and compassion. It is through this motto that Broadmead Care staff celebrate the lives of seniors, honour the service of Canada’s veterans and acknowledge the life ambitions of adults with complex disabilities.

As part of Broadmead Care’s new Every Moment Matters Campaign, fundraising is underway to purchase seven new blanket warming cabinets at $4,500 each for a total cost of $31,500. All donations made in support of these warmers will be matched by Broadmead Care’s long-time benefactor Rudi Hoenson, who has announced a generous matching gift of $130,000 for various projects supporting those who are cared for in Broadmead Care facilities. This amazing gift from Rudi means every dollar will go that much further.

At Broadmead Care, staff and volunteers believe vulnerable people in our community deserve to feel comfortable, safe and happy. In their residential care facilities, they focus on providing exceptional care, delivered by exceptional people, in surroundings that feel like home.

To become a part of the Every Moment Matters campaign and to wrap warmth around those who need it most, donate today
at or call 250-658-3274.



Your West Coast Culture. A magazine about the people and places that make the Saanich Peninsula the little piece of paradise we call home.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *