July 21, 2021
June 20, 2021
When my mother, Marie Dunn, heard there was a retirement home to open in Almonte, she was excited: “I always said this is just what the town needs”. She moved in in November 2016.
She was proud of the beautification inside and raved about the poinsettias in the atrium at Christmas. She enjoyed arranging displays of artwork by residents in the exhibit space on the second floor.
When mom’s health declined in June, Orchard View stepped in with palliative care services. This meant her family could remain by her side in her cherished suite to the end of her journey. All OVM staff showed compassion and caring in those difficult days, which was a great comfort to the family.
June 15, 2021
Orchard view by the Mississippi has been a part of my life for almost 5 years now. I have worn many hats while working here; Reception, dietary, housekeeping and now recreation. Orchard View isn’t only a job to me, it is an opportunity to grow in work and life. Many residents don’t see me as just an employee, but a person that has been on the journey with them. I enjoy coming to work because not only am I doing something I love but the people I do it for are so appreciative. They might not all be able to tell me but the smile on their face does. I’m so lucky to have had the opportunity to grow here at Orchard View.
May 15, 2021
This place is great! I look around each day and think how fabulous the staff are. They will do whatever it takes to make sure everyone is happy and healthy. The nursing staff take such good care of you, the management are easy to talk to and are always around…. I just don’t know where to stop with the wonders of our new home.
April 15, 2021
I could write a lot about how pleased we are with the whole Orchard View experience. You and your team have been amazing. Moving was not easy and dealing with pandemic also does not help. My parents are so happy and call Orchard View home.
My parents recently moved into Orchard View by the Mississippi and they are beyond amazed thus far! The care they receive (the staff are amazing) the planned activities and great tasting meals have all made the moving transition much easier! Orchard View also excels with family communication, always keeping us up to date. We are very glad we chose Or-chard View by the Mississippi and highly recommend it to anyone looking into Retirement Living!
March 27, 2021
A place to call home among friends and dedicated staff. They have worked tirelessly in keep-ing us safe and happy during this covid time. They create special events for us to enjoy and keep up the morale. Our Mother’s Day was so special and it warmed out hearts.
January 4, 2021
I feel very lucky everyday when I get to come into work. I get to see all the Residents and staff that I have grown close to in the year that I have worked here. We have a saying here that we are the Orchard View family and it really does feel that way. We help each other, we care for each other and we look after each other. This is really special to be able to come to work and feel that way.
November 16, 2020
I absolutely enjoy working at Orchard View by the Mississippi! The teamwork, the residents and the support from the management are just a few reasons why I chose to come to work here! I have worked in many other homes, and this is my favourite by far!
October 19, 2020
Living at Orchard View is a wonderful experience.
I am always kept occupied and happy with all the enjoyable functions including musical entertainment and delicious meals.
The most enjoyable of all is the wonderful staff who treat us all the with kindness and respect.
September 15, 2020
Thank you and Orchard View by the Mississippi for making these last three and half years fun and safe for my Mom. It’s the best place anybody can hope to be.
September 8, 2020
It all began this past Christmas while visiting my son Mark . I hail from Stratford Ontario where I lived all my life. At Christmas the subject came up about me transferring up to this area. I was sold on Orchard Views reputation from the very start although it was a very difficult decision to make, I have arrived from driving my own car and living independently but the chance to move and live near my son was a selling point. It was explained to me what a wonderful place to live out my days . To discuss the upheaval of moving was a difficult one is putting it mildly but I have to say it was the right decision. Unfortunately I had to wait several months to get in here due to covid but that is .all behind me now . I just love living here. From the very first day I arrived I knew it was the right decision . Everyone was so friendly and helpful. I enjoy people and try to partake in a number of activities . I play bridge , euchre, go to exercises , try to walk a bit and my favourite pastime in the nice weather is going out to the gazebo and do my hobby of adult colouring books . Often someone will arrive while I am there and we love to chat. Also the movie theatre is a big draw for me , I don’t miss many movies. I love my unit and was able to transfer most of my furniture here . It is especially pleasant to go to the dining room and be waited on. I feel like a queen . I know from being told that the activities due to covin are limited from before all the pandemic but we are all pretty lucky to have such wonderful staff to take care of us. I can hardly wait till I can enjoy all the wonderful things I am told to look forward to in the future. Now I am content and happy and have a dentist, doctor , eye Dr. So all is good. And my beautiful son now is 10 minutes from me as opposed to a 6 hour drive. I hope to have many years of happiness and contentment at Orchard View , From a very happy and contented person.
September 8, 2020
I just wanted to let you know how reassuring I find the steps that Orchard View is taking to keep the residents safe during this crisis, and how much I appreciate your commitment to keeping us informed about the changes. I’m sure that not all the feedback is positive, but what I see is a very prudent, measured response to a situation that seems to change hour by hour. I am grateful for the way the management and staff at Orchard View have taken action to maintain a safe environment, while still making every effort to maintain the residents’ quality of life. I feel sure that I speak for the majority of the Orchard View families when I say that you have earned our trust and our gratitude!
June 5, 2020
Thanks for the care you and the team provided Roberta over the past 4 years. Even on the gloomiest days, whether rain or snow, I was always greeted by the friendly person at the the front desk sitting in front of the “Las Vegas style” foyer. Roberta was always happy and felt her care was second to none which, of course, it was. Our Thursday outings were the highlight of my week and she always looked forward to getting back to her “home” at 219 Paterson st. We so enjoyed the festive events that were staged and of course everyone was always dressed for the occasion. All the best to you and the amazing staff at Orchard View and continued success!
June 5, 2020
I was in tech sales for many years and was miserable. One day I came across the Orchard View by the Mississippi’s PSW training program. They supported me throughout the training and hired me immediately upon graduation. I am happy to work for a company where I see my work making a difference. Orchard View by the Mississippi allowed me to take control of my development and follow my own career path.
June 5, 2020
I wanted a career rather than a job so I came to Orchard View by the Mississippi. I work with a fantastic team in a family environment and together we make a difference in lives of our residents. I look forward to going to work everyday.
June 5, 2020
Everyone here is committed to a common goal and we all work together and help one another achieve it. Our team is one big happy family and it makes for a great work atmosphere. We are all dedicated to making Orchard View by the Mississippi a place where our residents blossom.
May 5, 2020
The vision and values of the company plus the chance to make a difference in people’s health and well being is what inspired me to work at Orchard View by the Mississippi. This is a home full of genuine, caring and dedicated team members who truly love what they do.
March 13, 2020
I hope you know that we cannot thank you enough. Your Updates reflect the reality of the situation — honestly presenting the serious risk everyone at Orchard View is facing, and at the same time communicating the strength and positivity of everyone working together. By pro-actively sending us these messages, you’re telling us that our fears are understood, and our best hopes are well-founded 🙂
We truly know that everyone at Orchard View is giving their best — everyone in administration, housekeeping, dining, reception, healthcare, activities, maintenance — you are an awesome force. Thank you for the commitment you’re showing, and for the personal sacrifices you are making. Thank you to those who are living in the residence, in order to protect your families, our family, and one another.
We haven’t been surprised at all to see how the Orchard View staff have responded to this crisis. You are continuously taking things in stride, making decisions, caring, and advocating. We are grateful for who you are and what you do.
With deepest thanks from Mary’s family,
Peigi Dumouchel, Sandra Ballantyne and Nora Ballantyne
March 10, 2020
Many retirement homes aim to ‘do their best’ in providing service and care to their residents. What sets Orchard View apart, is that their ‘best’ is excellent! The nursing and personal care, recreation, dietary, environmental and administration staff are friendly, knowledgeable and nimble. Over the past three years, our family’s experience is that the Orchard View staff live their mission – to treat residents with respect and dignity in an environment that optimizes well-being. When either of our parents had a changing need or a new worry, Orchard View staff consistently rose to the challenge. They worked with our family creating manageable solutions which were agreeable to Mom and Dad. In my opinion, after 40 years of working in the health and wellness sector, Orchard View by the Mississippi ranks very high!
January 20, 2020
It’s a big step to move out of my beloved home. I didn’t know how I would give up, enjoying sitting on the porch and being greeted by every dog and their owners each day. Once I was here, Orchard View became our new home. I am so fortunate to be here. Meals are all prepared for me, people come and check up on me, my sheets and floors are being done while I sit and talk. The staff are amazing and I look forward seeing them each day.
I can’t imagine how difficult life would have been in managing Gerry’s needs at home or in the hospital. I was able to be with him 24/7 and kiss him goodnight every night. They took such good care of him and me, during a very difficult time. It was the best thing we ever did!!
Orchard View by the Mississippi has been a wonderful place for Mom to live for the past 3 years. Each day is filled with fun and interactive activities for her to take part in if she wants to. The staff is always friendly and very accommodating to Mom and our family.. Orchard View is a place we would retire to.