We are a non-profit screening clinic, providing endoscopy
and colonoscopy screening procedures.
We are dedicated to improving access for patients requiring screening services.
We are a non-profit 10-bed residential hospice,
providing 24-hour comfort and care to adults
with life-limiting illness, and their families.
We are a non-profit ambulatory vision care centre,
providing surgical procedures, clinical vision care,
education and research. We are affiliated
with University of Toronto’s Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences.
We are a non-profit Eye Bank. We collect,
process and distribute donated human eyes
and tissue for sight-saving transplants.
We are a non-profit community care program,
providing on-sight and in-home services
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Our goal is to enhance social, intellectual and physical well-being.
We are a non-profit long-term care home with 350 residents.
We are a place where residents feel comfortable,
independent and part of our community.
Kensington Gardens resident and donor, Joyce Driscoll (center), with her son Ken (top) and her grandchildren. (Photo credit: Irene Driscoll)
Ken Driscoll and his mother, Kensington Gardens resident Joyce Driscoll, know a little something about spreading warmth and comfort during the holiday season. Last December as outside temperatures began to drop, Ken and his mother decided to make a generous contribution to the Kensington Gardens Towel Warmer Program.
A towel warmer is a piece of medical equipment that warms specialized towels and blankets for therapeutic purposes including pain management and relaxation. Beginning in 2014, Kensington Gardens was one of the first long-term care facilities to implement this therapeutic tool. The original aim was to improve the bathing experience for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and Related Dementias; however, additional benefits, including increased ability for residents to perceive kindness in their caregivers and build a sense of trust, were quickly noted.
After reading about the Program’s success in Kensington Gardens monthly newsletter, Ken and Joyce were motivated to give back to the place she now calls home.
When choosing to make a charitable donation, Ken believes it is vital to consider the long term benefits. “My mother and I wanted to be inclusive to all the residents in her wing of Kensington—I would like to challenge other Kensington families to purchase a towel warmer for their family members’ resident home areas.”
What advice do the Driscolls have for other individuals and families considering a charitable gift this holiday season? “Don’t wait!” says Ken, “Having seen and heard good things about the Towel Warmer Program, I realize this gift really did have an impact on my mother and other Kensington Gardens residents.”
Ken and Joyce plan to play Santa Claus again this December by giving back to Kensington Gardens. “Kensington Gardens is home, home is where the heart is.” says Ken with a smile.
Ken and Joyce would like to wish all Kensington Gardens residents and their families Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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