Long-term Care Improves Life Outcome

Norma and sister Linda at The Salvation Army's Sunset Lodge
by Linda Leigh
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When Norma had a stroke, life as she knew it changed forever. Once a strong and independent 68-year-old, the effects of the stroke made it unfeasible for her to live alone. Then she discovered The Salvation Army’s Sunset Lodge in Victoria, who provided her with the accommodation and supports needed to maintain the improved quality of life that she enjoys today.

Located on the beautiful Gorge Waterway in Victoria, B.C., Sunset Lodge is a Salvation Army long-term care facility that provides a high standard of care in a safe, secure, home-like environment.

“We are so grateful for The Salvation Army,” says Norma’s sister, Linda. “I don’t know what would have happened to her without this facility. The severity of Norma’s severe stroke made it impossible for her to return home and there were no family members capable of taking care of her.”

After her stroke, Norma couldn’t do the things she used to. “I’d forget to take medication or eat. I had lots of frustrations and physical challenges. I needed more care than could be delivered at my home,” says the 80-year-old.

At Sunset Lodge, activities and exercises keep Norma functioning both mentally and physically. “I really like the bowling, the scenic drives and the spa days,” says Norma. “I’m surrounded by people who make me feel important. I am very happy here.”

“We want to give people who are no longer able to care for themselves a dignified living environment, and the highest possible standard of care required to enhance or maintain their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being,” says Captain Lisa Randell, Assistant Executive Director and Chaplain.

“Norma is well-cared for at Sunset Lodge and that takes a lot of stress off the family,” says Linda. “This is her home and she loves everything about it. Without The Salvation Army I don’t know what would have happened to her.”