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Copernicus Lodge is a 228 bed Long Term Care home that is committed to providing the highest quality of individualized care and services to it seniors in a caring, safe and secure environment. Our services are resident-focused, delivered in a responsible manner through best practice approaches and in collaboration with community partners. We are pleased to provide culturally appropriate, 24 hour nursing and personal care to our predominantly Polish residents. The core interdisciplinary team consists of Physicians, Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses, Personal Support Workers, Physiotherapist, Physiotherapy Assistants, Activation Therapists, Pastoral Care, a Pharmacist and a Registered Dietitian.



 At Copernicus Lodge we are proud of the exceptional quality of care provided by our staff. Each member of our nursing staff is chosen based on their competence, professional qualifications, understanding and commitment to the needs of our seniors. We are committed to working with residents and families to create a happy living and work environment and somewhere our residents have “A Place to Call Home”.

Nursing care is provided by Registered Nurses (RN or RPN) licensed by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Assistance with activities of daily living (personal care) is provided by Personal Support Workers (PSW’s). Nursing and personal care is overseen by the Director of Care and Assistant Director of Care.

Copernicus Lodge utilizes a multidisciplinary team approach to develop an individualized personal care approach. Nursing staff complete on-going assessments and care plans which detail each resident’s individual care needs.

On-site services include physiotherapy, as well as vision, hearing, dental and foot care through our contracted service providers.



Dementia Care Unit

This 18-bed secure Dementia care unit provides care for residents with significant thinking and behaviourial impairments that make a secure environment necessary for their safety or the safety of others. The Dementia Special Care Unit is a transitional unit with specific admission and placement requirements. Residents are assessed on an ongoing basis to ensure that they continue to meet the criteria for placement. When or if a resident no-longer meets the criteria, they are moved to another unit within the home.



Medical Suppliers/Nursing Equipment


Medical supplies and nursing equipment necessary for resident care is provided by the home: They include skin care and continence care, and infection control products. Personal hygiene and grooming products include skin care lotions, shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, brushes, nail clippers, denture cups and cleansers, denture adhesive, facial tissue, razors/shavers, shaving cream and Vaseline™.





Assistive Devices


Wheelchairs / Walkers and Assistive Devices

Copernicus Lodge provides some equipment for the general use of residents: They include toilet aids / raised toilet seats, sasca poles, commodes and other self-help aids to assist residents with activities of daily living.

There is a limited supply of wheelchairs, geri -chairs, canes and walkers that can be provided for short term use (maximum 2-3 weeks). If a resident requires on-going use of an assistive devices, the resident /substitute decision maker will be contacted and directed to make arrangements to purchase or rent the necessary equipment.

Residents/ Substitute decision makers are free to rent or purchase medical equipment from a vendor of their choice: This includes the contracted service provider for Copernicus Lodge. The mobility vendor will also assist qualified residents in utilizing the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) which offsets 75% of the cost of new equipment. All costs related to purchase/rent equipment is the responsibility of the resident /substitute decision maker.



Attending Physicians

Every resident admitted to Copernicus Lodge will be assigned an attending physician to oversee their medical care. All Attending Physicians are licensed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. They are accountable to the Medical Director for practice that meets standards, and policies.

Attending Physicians assess, plan, implement and evaluate each residents' medical care and participate in a multi-disciplinary approach to care. Each makes regular visits to their residents and on an as needed basis. Attending Physicians provide 24-hour medical coverage for residents for whom they provide medical care.

They document in the resident’s health care record on each visit to maintain continuity and ongoing evaluation. Primary contact for medical care or medical concerns is the Registered Nursing staff. Attending Physicians do not have dedicated office space within the home and are not in the facility each day.

Health information about a resident can only be provided to a Resident, or the verified substitute decision maker, such as the Power of Attorney for Care (POA) – Personal Care. ;


Consultants in Psychiatry/Geriactrics


Copernicus Lodge is proud to work with a consulting Psycho-geriatrician from St. Joseph Health Center. He works closely with the Geriatric Mental Health Outreach team nurse and visits residents on a referral basis to assess and make recommendations regarding the management of residents with challenging cognitive or behaviourial issues.


Copernicus Lodge utilizes a local pharmacy for all of its medication/pharmaceutical requirements. The Pharmacy provides:

  •  Prescription pharmaceutical preparations listed in the Drug Benefit Formulary.
  • Special preparations or medical devices which may be obtained from the Ontario Drug Benefit Program as interim non-formulary benefits. o
  • Naturopathic treatments, vitamins Non-prescription drugs, medication and treatment products, and supplies are obtained through the Ontario Government Pharmaceutical and Medical Supply Services.

All prescribed medications requires a physicians order and must be administered by the Registered Nursing Staff. At no time should residents or families bring in medications not approved by the medical /nursing staff. Medication are not to be left in resident rooms.



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