“We don’t just want seniors to survive, we want them to thrive – by being in a relationship with a community. It’s a demonstration of what we value as a community. That’s why we should step up and give to West Perth Village…” -Sharon Pharazyn
- We’re discussing a Spring Gala to raise funds for the new West Perth Village. We’ll make it the fling of the year, but we need your help. If you want to volunteer for the Committee, please contact us and let us know.
- The ground-breaking for West Perth Village will happen sometime this Spring or early summer. Keep up to date by visiting this page again in a few months.
West Perth Village In The News
Meet the people in our community who support West Perth Village and the future of long-term senior’s care in Perth County.
Keeping seniors surrounded by dignity and happiness – that’s the original vision.
Sharon Pharazyn and her brother first visited Ritz Lutheran Villa in early 2018 – they brought their Mother to live there in long term care very soon after.
“We discovered a culture of respect and honour that permeated every part of the Ritz,” says Sharon, “and ever since, our Mom has experienced an amazing effort to care for the whole individual – for her spiritual, emotional and physical needs.”
Very early on in their relationship with Ritz Lutheran Villa, Sharon and family went through the emotional challenge of planning a big family wedding and ensuring her Mom could be there.
“I remember sitting in the Director of Nursing Care’s office and crying because I didn’t know how to make it happen – for my Mom to be at my son’s wedding. The team at the Ritz responded so well; they said we’ll make this happen and we’ll support you and they did. My Mom looked beautiful for my son’s wedding – they went the extra mile and our day was complete.”
Stories like Sharon’s are common thanks to the culture of care and compassion at Ritz Lutheran Villa and the Mitchell Nursing Home.
“Charlie Ritz was focused on ensuring seniors stayed connected with the community, with family and friends. He wanted to ensure seniors were surrounded by dignity and happiness in their later years. If we didn’t have long term care here, you’d end up isolating a lot of people from the life they know. That is traumatic. Keeping close is key to our well-being.”
As new Ministry long term care standards come into effect, the culture that so impresses Sharon and family and others like her will transfer to West Perth Village.
“We don’t just want seniors to survive, we want them to thrive – by being in a relationship with a community. It’s a demonstration of what we value as a community. That’s why we should step up and give to West Perth Village – the culture and community that is so strong here will only be better with a modern, bright and spacious facility to match.”
Life as our residents want it – to the best of our ability.
Pamela Stewart is the Admin Assistant and ‘Jill’ of all trades at Ritz Lutheran Villa. If something needs doing, Pamela gets it done. She’s also the grand-daughter of former resident John Dietrich and her admiration of the place is based in part on the care and compassion he received.
“My grampa was a very quiet man – a very gentle man,” remembers Pamela. “He didn’t ask for a lot – but one thing he did ask for was his daily single beer, and he thought that as he moved into long term care, even though it was a simple request and a small thing – it would be an indicator for him whether life here would continue to be the same or not. It was life as he wanted it – and our job was to help him have that life to the best of our ability. The beer was symbolic and we knew that.”
Pamela’s grandfather’s life didn’t have to change dramatically as he moved from the apartments on campus to long term care – he could still visit with Pamela’s grandmother every day, he was close to the life he knew.
“You can see the farmland from here – the fields and the countryside. He could stay connected with his farm life and relationships, he could still be involved in his community. it’s not just any river or farmland – it’s what everyone here has grown up with.”
Pamela believes in the future of West Perth Village. “It protects the choices we have for our parents and ourselves in the future. It’s an important part of employment here, there are co-op opportunities and volunteer opportunities.”
“I’m excited about working at the new facility – it updates everything for residents and staff. This new build will feel more like our own, like we had a say in it and in the future of it. That’s important – and I think that will bring this community together to support it.”