Carefree Lodge is a warm and friendly home that provides 24-hour care to 127 residents. In accordance with smoking by-laws, the home is a smoke-free environment. The home offers a full range of care and services, including nursing, medicine, food and nutrition, social work, recreation, rehabilitation, spiritual and religious care, music and art therapy, complementary care, administration, staff education, housekeeping and maintenance.
Carefree Lodge reviews its demographics, needs of the community and plans its programs around our community — both internal and external. Carefree Lodge serves a diverse population, is a lesbian, gay, bi and transgender (LGBT) friendly home accepting all residents regardless of religion, language, and cultural, ethnic background.
The home is designed with private and semi-private accommodations with ensuite washrooms, resident lounges, library, activity room with a full kitchen, auditorium and a therapeutic garden. The unique octagonal formal dining room overlooks a ravine, and residents enjoy a variety of nutritious meals in this pleasant setting. Park-like gardens offer residents places to sit and enjoy the outdoors. A Gift Shop, Library, Resident Bar and Hair Salon are also available.
Connected with the community
Carefree Lodge provides quality care in partnership with residents, families, staff, volunteers and the community. To this end, the home promotes an environment where input and involvement from all stakeholders are encouraged. Volunteers, whether they are family members, adult and youth members of the broader community and college/university placement students, all play a pivotal role in improving the quality of life of the residents.
The Home Advisory Committee, comprised of family members, community representatives and other volunteers, meets regularly to review and recommend programs and changes to improve the home's operations. A Family Council focuses on providing a support network and communication link between residents, family members and staff. An active Residents' Council provides the residents the opportunity to provide input into the home's operation and to voice comments and concerns.
Carefree Lodge has excellent partnerships with the North York General Hospital's Psychogeriatric Mental Health Outreach Team, Nurse Practitioner-led Outreach Team (HRRH & NYGH) to work with our team to support resident care. The Regional Geriatric Program provides educational support to the team in management of resident care.
Changing home for changing needs
When Carefree opened in 1967, it was a retirement home, accommodating 162 residents who were ambulatory, and in good physical and mental health. The City of Toronto purchased the building from the Vint Foundation, and the home underwent renovations to update and improve its environment to meet the needs of the resident population. The City-operated Carefree Lodge began in 1991.
The Home has three Levels. On the Main and Second level, there is a spacious main lounge including a build-in fireplace. Located on the Second Level is the Rehab area and Resident computer station. The main level also has two smaller lounges for visiting, one with direct access to the Therapeutic Garden. There is also an outdoor patio next to the main lounge. Residents on both Levels have their meals in the Main Level Dining Room.
On the Garden Level, where the residents have severe cognitive impairment, there is a dining room, Lounge area with a fireplace and a secure outdoor patio. Beautiful murals adorn several walls. Life panels, depicting the lives of the residents are installed outside residents' rooms.
Residents are offered a wide range of programs and services. An integral part of our team approach to resident care includes supporting our residents to be part of the decision making-process. Residents are involved, as much as possible, in deciding treatments, programs and food choices at mealtime. The team strives to make living at Carefree as home-like as possible and respect, support and enable our residents to achieve the best quality of life possible.
Recreation programs are developed to meet the specific needs of the residents on each level, and are held during the day, evenings and weekends. The home offers a range of interdenominational faith services. Based on our resident population we offer specific cultural activities such as Jewish and Korean recreational activities. Programs include complementary care (e.g. massage and aromatherapy), music and art therapy. The home offers physiotherapy and occupational therapy services on-site and a counsellor for enhanced support for our residents and families. In addition, the home does offer a broad range of contracted services including hairdressing, chiropody, audiology, dental and ophthalmology services to residents on site (all at a fee for service).
If you are interested in taking a guided tour of our home, please call 416-397-1500.