Our History

Donwood Manor Personal Care Home (as it is known today) was built in North Kildonan in 1970 with a capacity of 81 beds. A renovation project completed in 1996 resulted in an expanded and improved environment for residents totaling 121 beds. Donwood Manor Elderly Persons Housing, a 150 unit complex was constructed in 1974 and adjoined Donwood Manor Personal Care Home. In 1982, Donwood South, a 104 apartment complex was built on Henderson Highway with amenities to provide comfortable accommodations for independent seniors. Donwood West, a 60 unit life lease complex, was built in 1988. Donwood West is a non-profit corporation owned and operated by Donwood West Inc. In 1997 the construction of the 48 unit, 55+ Life Lease complex was completed called Valhalla Cove. This building is a 55+ non-profit life lease complex sponsored by Donwood Managment Inc.

About Us

Donwood is a faith-based organization supported by eight Winnipeg-based Mennonite Brethren Churches. Donwood has five locations throughout Winnipeg providing different levels of care at each. Whether it’s personal care or independent living, we endeavor to live by our Mission Statement every day at each facility.

Donwood is a place that enables the elderly to make the transition from their home to a caring community and allows the elderly to age with dignity and grace. It is a place where residents, tenants and family members know there is a commitment to continually improve the care, the services and the facilities.

Donwood strives to care for seniors with dignity, respect and Christian values. 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.