A Caring Community
Our goal is to help residents stay active and involved, while supporting independence for as long as possible. Whether you’re a senior looking for a short-term stay or you’d like to settle down with us for good, we offer a wide range of facilities and services to manage the challenges and promote the joy of retired living in Saskatoon.
My mother, Joanne Murray, was a woman who loved to be busy. She was an extremely talented artist, crafter and quilter. She loved to walk, golf, dance and keep active. Nine years ago she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. At first she was able to continue her activities and worked hard at keeping active despite the diagnosis. Unfortunately, the disease progressed quickly. She lost her ability to craft, knit, quilt and eventually even her ability to walk. She was even unable to move her wheelchair herself. She often brought me to tears when she would ask if I thought she would be able to walk again.
Mom moved to Porteous Lodge in December 2019 and then COVID hit. Now she even lost her ability to visit with her family. Her intelligent mind was locked in her ailing body as she sat in her chair. We were thrilled when Tarun, the physiotherapist assistant, started to work on her ability to walk. He worked with her as often as possible. First she excitedly told me she took some steps using a walker and then she was able to walk around the dining room. But what brought me to tears was when she told me she had danced. With Taran’s assistance and encouragement of the staff, a slow time waltz was played and she danced. She repeatedly told me she was so happy. My mom had not said those words in years. Thank you Porteous Lodge, Taran and the entire staff for making my mom happy!