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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  -

With the Niagara region in the Orange-Restrict category of the Ontario Government’s five-stage COVID Response Framework, general visitation is no longer permitted for residents in the Extended Care Unit. This is a necessary measure to protect the safety of our residents.

However, we recognize the importance of residents having support from their families. Beginning November 17, each family may designate up to two Essential Caregivers per resident. Essential Caregivers provide direct care or support to the resident in the home. Care may include emotional support, cognitive stimulation, supporting feeding, mobility or personal hygiene. Only one caregiver may visit with a resident at a time.

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.

Important to note:

  • Essential Caregivers must complete a COVID test and provide proof of negative results. A negative test must be obtained within one week of the visit.
  • Essential Caregivers will be screened for COVID at the door prior to entry. This will include a temperature check at the start of each shift.
  • All caregivers must wear a surgical mask at all times when inside the building.
  • The ECU continues to encourage families to schedule virtual visits with their loved ones whenever possible. Contact the staff at the ECU to arrange for a virtual visit.

Further measures to support resident and staff safety include:

Physical distancing in our dining rooms: the dining room has been expanded to allow increased spacing between tables.

Twice-daily sanitization of high touch points, including doorknobs, hallways rails, chairs, and tables.

-  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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