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For my mother Vera, Thompson House isn’t just a place where she lives. It’s a place that she’s loved.
Mummy’s history with Thompson House spans decades. She came to Canada from Trinidad in 1989, joining me here just before my children were born. I’d moved to Toronto for school in the early 1980’s and was working as a teacher at the time. When I found out I was having twins, I knew I wanted my mother close. She’s an absolute force of nature!
To nobody’s surprise, at 60 years old, she arrived in Canada and decided she wanted to find a job. Though her background was in banking, my mother ended up working at Thompson House – helping to onboard and train new Personal Support Workers. That’s where her deep appreciation for the long-term care home began.
Everyone deserves peace of mind when it comes to the wellbeing of their loved ones. Eight years ago, when Alzheimer’s began to take my father’s memory, my mother knew he would be much safer with a team that could provide 24/7 care, and that’s when he moved into Thompson House. The third floor became my father’s new home, and we couldn’t have asked for a more positive experience. PSWs would play him the Frank Sinatra songs he loved so much, the same ones he grew up listening to in Trinidad.
When my father passed away, mummy knew she wasn’t equipped to live alone. It’s at that point that my mother chose to return to Thompson House herself, as a resident on the second floor. She has been living there happily since 2014.
When I make my regular visits to see mummy, I’m always amazed by the way everyone knows her name. It truly feels like a second family… and family is everything.
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