Providing quality care and services to seniors across Canada.
Caring for people is at the core of everything we do
Half a century, that’s how long Extendicare has been helping people live better. We have shared remarkable moments with thousands of people throughout the years. In 2018, it’s time to celebrate how far we’ve come together and dream about how far we can go from here. One thing is certain, Extendicare will continue to be the leader in providing care and services for seniors throughout Canada. Be a part of our celebration. Read and learn about Extendicare’s history and browse our photos galleries.
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50th Anniversary Celebrations
During the month of August, celebrations were held across the country to mark Extendicare’s Golden Anniversary.
“Today we are here to celebrate 50 years of being leaders in seniors’ care, to celebrate our communities and the people who live in them and to celebrate our team members who create an environment where these outstanding residents can thrive,” said Lukenda. “I am confident that the future holds great promise and opportunities for growth for us and look forward to another 50 years of success, growth and providing the best quality care to our seniors.”
- 1968: Founded by Harold Livergant and John MacKay, and incorporated with a federal charter under the name Pendexcare Ltd. to operate as a supplier of long-term care services in Canada with an aim of helping to relieve an overburdened hospital system. Near the end of the year, Pendexcare changes its name to Extendicare (Canada) Ltd, and over the years has undergone a number of name changes, with the most recent to Extendicare Inc.
- 1969: Extendicare purchases its first nursing home in Ottawa, Ontario, and begins construction on four facilities in the province.
- 1974: Extendicare launches ParaMed Home Health Care – now one of Canada’s largest home care providers. Also signs first contract to develop and manage a home on behalf of a partner.
- 1976: Extendicare expands into the United States with the acquisition of Medco Centers, Inc., a nursing home operator with 25 locations in Indiana and Kentucky.
- 1978: Extendicare services 50 owned and managed centres (owns, leases or manages 24 nursing, manages 1 hospital in Canada and 26 in the US)
- 1990: Extendicare launches LTC Group Purchasing, a bulk purchasing business to assist other health care providers in getting the best pricing on equipment and products. Now called SGP Purchasing Partner Network.
- 2001: Extendicare is awarded licenses to construct 11 new facilities, plus an additional five facilities through partnerships with public sector hospitals, as part of a strategic decision by the Province of Ontario to significantly increase nursing home beds in the province.
- 2010: Extendicare formally brands its management and consulting division as Extendicare Assist.
- 2014: Extendicare affects its previously stated objective to reposition the Company into a pure-play Canadian senior care and service provider and announces a definitive agreement to sell its U.S. business in November.
- 2015: Extendicare acquires a competitor’s home health business and enables the Company to expand its already robust home health care business into five additional provinces. Also, purchases 6 retirement communities and starts the Esprit Lifestyle Communities division.
- Fun Fact: Riverbend Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities is the only standalone Memory Care Community in Regina and one of the only ones in all of Canada.
- Extendicare owns 58 long-term care homes across Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
- Extendicare Assist manages 53 long-term care and retirement homes.
- Esprit Lifestyle Communities owns 9 retirement communities, with 2 set to open in Ontario.
- ParaMed delivers more than 11 million hours of home care.
- SGP serves over 50,000 residents and over 500 third-party member sites.
Welcome to Extendicare’s 50th Anniversary Travelling Exhibit!
For Extendicare’s 50th Year Anniversary, an exhibit showcasing Extendicare’s milestones will be travelling across Canada. Participants and guests of the travelling exhibit will have a unique opportunity to get acquainted with Extendicare’s history, to reminisce professional and personal memories and learn more about our Extendicare family.
The travelling exhibit will be displayed in a common area within the home/community/centre. Residents, family members and guests will enjoy the tunes of the 1960s and reminisce and learn more about Extendicare’s past 50 years.
- Extendicare New Orchard Lodge (August 21, 2018 – September 4, 2018)
- Extendicare Port Hope (September 5, 2018 – September 19, 2018)
- Lynde Creek Manor (September 20, 2018 – October 4, 2018)
- Tendercare Living Centre (October 5, 2018 – October 19, 2018)
- McCall Centre of Continuing Care (October 22, 2018 – November 5, 2018)
- Extendicare Mississauga (November 6, 2018 – November 20, 2018)
- Extendicare London (November 21, 2018 – December 5, 2018)
- Harvest Crossing (December 6, 2018 – December 20, 2018)
- Cedar Crossing (December 21, 2018 – January 4, 2019)
- Extendicare Timmins (January 7, 2019 – January 21, 2019)
- Extendicare Maple View (January 22, 2019 – February 5, 2019)
- Extendicare Tuxedo Villa (February 6, 2019 – February 20, 2019)
- Extendicare Hillcrest Place (February 21, 2019 – March 8, 2019)
- Extendicare Moose Jaw (March 11, 2019 – March 25, 2019)
- Riverbend Crossing (March 26, 2019 – April 9, 2019)
- Extendicare Preston (April 10, 2019 – April 24, 2019)
- Stonebridge Crossing (April 25, 2019 – May 10, 2019)
- Extendicare Eaux Claires (May 13, 2019 – May 27, 2019)
- Extendicare Michener Hill(May 28, 2019 – June 11, 2019)
- Extendicare Hillcrest (June 12, 2019 – June 26, 2019)
- ParaMed Surrey (June 27, 2019 – July 11, 2019)
- ParaMed Halifax (July 12, 2019 -July 26, 2019)
- Extendicare Corporate Office (July 29, 2019 – August 12, 2019)
We thank you for participating in our celebration milestone, recognizing 50 years of Helping People Live Better!
Extendicare 50th Travelling Exhibit at Extendicare London
“We had several residents, staff, and family members stop by to view the 50th Anniversary Travelling Exhibit at Extendicare London. The exhibit was proudly displayed in our front lobby which was easily viewed by many. Many commented on the fact that Extendicare London, which was built in 1970, is approaching its own 50 year Anniversary!”
Abe Moharram, Administrator, Extendicare London
Extendicare Port Hope’s 50th Summer Fun Fest
On Aug. 21st, Extendicare turned 50 and to celebrate, Extendicare Port Hope hosted a Summer Fun Fest with a 50’s theme. The celebration included games, raffles, music by Rob Manley, balloon animals makers and face painters!
There was also a BBQ feast complete with milkshakes, held outside, to greet everyone at the front door. Residents, family members, friends and staff truly enjoyed the summer festival.
Extendicare’s 50th Anniversary at Extendicare Markham
Extendicare Inc. is celebrating 50 years of helping people live better in 106 locations all across Canada. Over 200 employees participated in Extendicare’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at its office location at 3000 Steeles Ave East that featured a delicious barbecue lunch.
The staff also had the opportunity to participate in a 60’s themed celebration with lots of singing (including the Extendicare song), dancing to the Twist as part of the 60’s theme, photo booth and to win amazing door prizes. There was also a celebratory cake to finish off the day. Everyone had a great time!
Extendicare Celebrates 50 Years of Helping People Live Better
August 21, 2018 – Extendicare is celebrating 50 years of helping people live better with celebrations across the organization. During the month of August, celebrations were held across the country to mark Extendicare’s Golden Anniversary. In Ottawa, Mayor Jim Watson and Extendicare’s CEO, Tim Lukenda participated in festivities at New Orchard Lodge, our first home. These special guests joined residents, staff and their families in a carnival complete with animals, snow cones and dunk tank.
“Today we are here to celebrate 50 years of being leaders in seniors’ care, to celebrate our communities and the people who live in them and to celebrate our team members who create an environment where these outstanding residents can thrive,” said Lukenda.
Extendicare Timmins Celebrated the 50th Celebration with a Splash
Extendicare Timmins celebrated the company’s 50th anniversary Tuesday, August 21, 2018. The Timmins facility has been around for 45 years, providing nursing care, retirement living and consulting services among many others while the company has been in operation for 50 years. During the 50th-anniversary celebration, there was a barbecue, car show, dunk tank, live music and a cake cutting.
“Some of our managers and staff are being dunked today and we’re raising that money for the residence council,” said Kelly Roy, administrator for Extendicare Timmins.
Extendicare Kawartha Lakes and Extendicare Lakeland Village Annual Jamboree
Despite the rain, residents, family members, volunteers and staff of Extendicare Kawartha Lakes had a good time at their annual Jamboree. At this year’s Jamboree, they recognized Extendicare’s 50 years of dedicated service and care in helping people live better.
Residents enjoyed a petting zoo, face painting, popcorn, sundae bar and live entertainment by Dig the Moon. The event was closed with the burial of a time capsule to be open in 2068 when Extendicare will celebrate 100 years of service.
Extendicare Oshawa 50th Anniversary Celebration
Extendicare Oshawa celebrated Extendicare’s 50th anniversary along with other facilities across Canada. Mayor John Henry, Eric Guernsey, City of Oshawa Ward 3 Candidate and Carlos Lerma from Colin Carrie’s office were on hand to present certificates for these achievement.
Celebrating 50 Years of Care at Extendicare Viking
An employee at Extendicare Viking, Joyce Lawes recently celebrated 50 years of helping people live better. At the young age of 17, Joyce started her career as a Dietary Aide at Blunts Nursing Home in Viking, Alberta. She continued in the same role as the home transitioned to Parkland Nursing Home. Her career grew as she took on dual roles as Dietary Aide and Cook when the nursing home became a part of the Extendicare family.
For the past 26 years, Joyce has been the Support Services Supervisor at Extendicare Viking. She manages everyday operations in the Dietary, Laundry and Housekeeping departments while cooking on a regular basis. Joyce has been the foundation of the nursing home. Residents and staff at Extendicare Viking appreciate all her hard work and compassion.
Congratulations Joyce! You are remarkable!
Happy 50 Extendicare in 50 Languages at Extendicare Scarborough
The amazing Extendicare Scarborough team created a special video wishing Extendicare a “Happy 50th Anniversary” in 50 languages.
Extendicare Scarborough is one of the first four homes that Extendicare built.
How long-term care became an uplifting experience
I have witnessed tender moments between spouses, happy occasions uniting families. My own husband and I have seen our relationship grow deeper and stronger. As a gay couple, we have been not merely accepted but embraced. We have been able to show our love quietly but openly. In a word, having left behind the home where I lived for 35 years, I have found a new home and a new family. This is what a long-term care facility, at its best, can be: a home in the truest and noblest sense of the word.
In this environment, I have flourished in unexpected ways. Spiritually, beyond ritual and dogma, I have gained a new sense of that love of neighbour and fellow man which is the highest expression of the sacred and the divine, that spark we call soul and spirit. Long-term care is what we make it. Residents, families, caregivers, the community at large – everyone has a role to play. If we open our eyes to the limitless potential just waiting to be tapped, we can all be uplifted together.
PL is a retired translator, a creative writer, and now a proud, happy resident of Extendicare Medex.
The staff at Extendicare West End Villa are outstanding and are passionate about the demanding jobs they do
My mother has been treated with outstanding care, kindness, empathy and dignity. The staff at Extendicare West End Villa are outstanding and are passionate about the demanding jobs they do. From administration to support workers to nursing staff to activity personnel, the care and attention to my mother’s well-being has been exceptional.
The long-term care series fail to present the hard work and devotion of these care workers who tirelessly support the elderly and infirm, many of whom have no one else to care for them. To paint all long-term care facilities with one very negative brush does disservice to the facilities and staff who bend over backwards to provide generous and humane care. I would like to read some good news stories and profiles of the people who do this work with their hearts full of compassion and professionalism.
K., daughter of a resident at Extendicare West End Villa
A day in the life of Nurse Jenny
Early this year, Tracey Mulcahy, Vice President, Quality, Risk and Innovation had the opportunity to spend the day with Nurse Jenny and observe her community work. Tracey has been working in long-term care for over 20 years and has held numerous roles including Charge Nurse, Assistant Director of Care, Director of Care, Administrator, Regional Director, National Director of Quality and Director of Operations for Extendicare Assist.
“I had the pleasure of shadowing Jenny, an RPN who has worked for ParaMed for 10 years providing homecare to our client. The day was an absolute joy as I met clients who not only welcomed us into their homes but obviously had a trusting respectful relationship with Jenny. To be at your most vulnerable and have a familiar face and gentle hands provide care in your own home is a remarkable exchange in our health care system. I have been a nurse for our 20 years, but I did not realize how raw and vulnerable clients are when in need of care in their homes. They rely on us to be there and reassure them. The task of the dressing change, health tracking or pain management is secondary to your friendly face and professional manner in which you present in our clients’ homes,” says Tracey
On Spotlight: Nurse Jenny
Nurse Jenny is a proud mother of four children, originally from Hong Kong and speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese. Jenny has been working for Paramed for 10 years. She began her career as a community nurse at a flu shot clinic. In the beginning, she found it challenging working independently in the community. Now, she enjoys the challenge and finds fulfillment in her role.
“I like to see clients getting better each day. I am so happy to work with ParaMed. They have good training program to all the nurses. The leaders and supervisors help everyone especially in updating our day-to-day activities. I love my job and my life because I believe in God who gives me everything and shows His miracle through His love, compassionate, talents and patience with me to walk on this earth. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to work at ParaMed.,” says Jenny
Words Cannot Express My Sincere Gratitude
When his mother was diagnosed with cancer, Ron knew she would require home care not only to support her care needs but, most importantly, her emotional needs. As they live in separate provinces, the choice was clear: ParaMed.
This was Ron’s first interaction with ParaMed, and his first experience as a child with aging parents. He admits that his knowledge of the services provided by ParaMed was limited, but he knew that, as part of the Extendicare umbrella of companies, the values at ParaMed would be similar to those in the long-term care division.
“Words cannot express my sincere gratitude to those I have met on this new journey. I am proud to work for Extendicare knowing that I work alongside such caring people.”
A Patient’s Thank you for Fantastic Care
I suffered a very serious right leg injury in an accident. I was attended to by Nurse Michael. It was a long, hard road for me to travel mentally and physically. Michael dealt with it in a very professional and caring manner.
Michael treats all his patients the same, and we all think he is the best. The personal touch is a lost art these days and we are all so lucky to have Michael looking after us. I also met his supervisor, Rita, several times and I had to compliment her for how well this ParaMed location performs.
T. from Scarborough, Ontario