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Extended Care Unit


We are proud to offer quality care, programs and services to older adults in our community at our Extended Care Unit.

The Extended Care Unit is a 75-bed long-term care facility that operates alongside a 40-bed interim long-term care unit at the Welland Site. We work to see that all residents live with dignity and in security, safety and comfort.

We provide a variety of programs and services to support the physical, psychological, social, spiritual and cultural needs of our residents. These services include:

  • nursing and medical care
  • recreation and restorative care
  • pharmaceutical care
  • laundry services
  • spiritual and religious programs
  • volunteer programs

An active Residents’ Council meets monthly to make decisions related to program and environmental issues as they apply to their home. Cable TV, foot care, hairdressing and barber services are also available to residents.


-  Keeping residents safe during COVID-19 Pandemic  -

New visiting guidelines for essential caregivers and visitors came into effect on July 16, 2021.

These new guidelines were implemented by the Ministry of Long Term Care. Visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. Thank you for your cooperation.

How do I become an Essential Caregiver?

To become an Essential Caregiver for a resident in the ECU, please contact Lezlie Leduc, Programs and Services Manager at 905-378-4647 ext. 34585. You will be provided with the appropriate forms to fill out and a meeting will be scheduled between the caregiver(s) and the team at the ECU to review the process.

Rapid Antigen Testing

We follow the Ministry of Long-Term Care guidelines on Rapid Antigen testing for any visitor or Essential Caregiver entering the home who has not received their COVID-19 vaccination. If a test is required, please allow for extra time (about 20 minutes) to your visit to complete the test.

-  Programs  -

Music and Memory Program

Recreational Therapy

Our Recreational Therapy focuses on enhancing the leisure lifestyles of residents within the home through a variety of recreation and leisure opportunities, including community involvement, active living, social groups and entertainment. We have staff that offer programs and activities seven days a week, including some evening programs.

Music and Memory Program

The Music and Memory Program is designed to enhance the quality of life for our residents, particularly those with cognitive impairments such as dementia which can cause experiences of agitation or depression. The program has helped to improve the mood and behaviour of residents and has been effective in reducing incidence of falls by creating more relaxing environments.

-  Admissions -

We invite you to consider making The Home at Niagara Health your home. Our compassionate and respectful culture supports the social, emotional and care needs of all residents.

Admission to a long-term care home is arranged through the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) region. We encourage residents and families to keep choice of homes and information up to date with the HNHB region.

We support interim unit residents in transferring to a permanent home placement.

-  Stories about the ECU -

ECU team helps couple celebrate 50th anniversary

ECU team helps couple celebrate 50th anniversary

When Jane Thomas walked up to the front door of the Extended Care Unit at our Welland Site, her wedding song, When a Man Loves a Woman, was playing on a speaker outside. Waiting for her outside the front door were flowers, a cupcake, 50th anniversary balloons and a sign that read, Herb loves Jane.

Read a story about Jane and Herb

Health-care workers focus on Welland seniors’ health amid pandemic

Health-care workers focus on Welland seniors’ health amid pandemic

At a time when family can’t visit their loved ones face-to-face, finding ways to stay connected are now more important than ever. As long-term care staff work to enact heightened measures, they are also focusing on the well-being of senior residents. Patients at the Welland Extended Care Unit have been connecting with family through phone calls, window visits and staff have been helping seniors with video calls. 

Read more here

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