Started in the heart of North Kildonan, Donwood currently manages long-term care, assisted living, subsidized independent living and life lease units across Winnipeg. With humble beginnings of an 81 bed personal care home in 1970, the Donwood organization has grown to become a respected provider of health and housing services to older adults.
Our legacy continues as we approach 50 years of Christian service in 2020. Take a glance at our Strategic Plan for 2017-2022.
Donwood is governed by a Board of Directors with representatives from 8 Mennonite Brethren churches in Winnipeg: Eastview Community Church, Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church, Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church, McIvor Avenue Mennonite Brethren Church, North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church, Portage Avenue Mennonite Brethren Church, River East Mennonite Brethren Church and Westwood Community Church.
Together with Donwood’s senior leaders and staff, the Board of Directors strive to care for seniors with dignity, respect and Christian values. Donwood Personal Care Home is 1 of 39 facilities in Winnipeg that all together, provide care to 5700 older adults. Take a moment to learn about our defining features:
Attentive Care & Services
We strive to be a ‘Home of Choice’ as we provide quality service and excellent clinical care from a Christian perspective. Our team of staff in the Personal Care Home includes Healthcare Aides, Nurses, Recreation Facilitators and other disciplines including an Occupational Therapist, Rehabilitation Assistant, Registered Dietitian, Chaplain, Foot Care Nurse and Massage Therapist. Together we work to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our residents.
Person Centered Care
At Donwood Personal Care Home, we are on a journey of learning and growth in the way we provide care. The majority of Personal Care Homes were built and designed to provide services from a ‘medical model’ of care that emphasized disabilities and medical needs. Today, changes in health care delivery and the way we support the well-being of older adults is changing across the long-term care sector. At Donwood, we embrace the need to shift the way we provide care away from an institutional model to a person-centered model of care. To us, that means providing care that honours the uniqueness of every person, provides flexibility in care routines, and truly treats the environment as a resident’s home. We know that we are just beginning this journey, and we also know that it transforms the experience of our residents, family and staff. To help us on this journey, we seek guidance from those receiving our care, and welcome our residents, families and staff as trusted partners on this culture change journey.
Home Cooked Meals
All our meals, beverages, desserts and snacks are lovingly prepared by our Food Services staff in our on-site kitchen. Our menu reflects the recommended dietary guidelines of the Canada Food Guide, and incorporates resident choices in the meal planning.
Active Resident & Family Advisory Council
Our resident and family satisfaction is directly connected to our attentiveness to input and feedback. We want to work together to promote meaningful living for our residents and tenants at our housing sites. At Donwood Personal Care Home, the Resident & Family Advisory Council meets at least 6x/year with senior leaders to receive information, and provide input and feedback.
Extensive Community Partnerships
Donwood values its relationship with its supporting churches and collaborates with many community partners to provide excellent services. over 100 volunteers help to support us in providing vibrant, creative and innovative programs at the Personal Care Home and Elderly Persons Housing. The financial support of the Donwood Auxiliary and Donwood Foundation provide an opportunity for donors to leave a lasting legacy.