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April 29, 2019
Making the move: Forging a better path to long-term care

Innovative new Family Transition Program developed by Oxford County’s Woodingford Lodge helps those on wait list prepare for and transition to long-term care

Family transition program

The idea of moving out of the comfort of one’s home, or losing one’s independence, can be stressful and even frightening. In order to help alleviate common stressors, depression and responsive behaviours related to moving into long-term care, a team at Oxford County’s Woodingford Lodge developed an innovative new transition program that supports not only the future resident, but their family members as well.

The program, which is the first of its kind in Canada, is a resident and family focused approach to care. The Family Transition Program is for individuals in Oxford County who are 18 years of age or older and are waiting for permanent placement into a long-term care facility of their choice. The program aims to help the individual adjust to the long-term care experience before their first day of admission. Once placement becomes available, the Family Transition Program will assist with the individual’s transition into their selected residence.

Key features of the program include completion of a supportive community screening; ensuring required services and community supports are in place prior to the individuals admission into long-term care; and finally, a review of life and medical history, previous agency involvement, and any access needed to continue those services for the individual once they have entered their new long-term care residence.


Public information session

Residents of Oxford County who are currently on the wait list for long-term care who are interested in participating in the Family Transition Program and members of the media are invited to attend a public information session:


Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Woodingford Lodge
300 Juliana Dr., Woodstock
General purpose area (1st floor)


Mark Dager, Family Transition Program Lead |  Supervisor of Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) | Dementia Consultant

Sandra Howe, Registered Social Worker (MSW)


About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at



Jenn Austin | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3505 |    

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