Yes and yes! We have a long double wide driveway that runs the length of the house. It is most convenient to drive right in and come in the kitchen entrance at the back of the Cottage. Please park as close to one side as possible to allow access and eliminate potential congestion.
Yes! We love our pets and invite Cottagers to share this companionship. The pets that call Kaleidoscope Cottage their home are rescue animals that were carefully selected for their gentle nature and friendly, quiet dispositions. They attend regular veterinary visits and are fully vaccinated.
We at Kaleidoscope Cottage understand that behaviours, “good” and “bad”, occur in response to something and they can never be taken out of context. Labeling a person based on a responsive behavior can be harmful, sometimes devastating, so we first talk to caregivers for context, and then we review the Recipe of Me form and spend some time with the person before making an informed decision.
If the person communicates through “physical aggression” or demonstrates antisocial behavior not suitable for the Cottage related to their dementia or history of mental illness, then we cannot accept them until the behaviours are proven to be professionally managed. We maintain the right to decide who is suitable for a safe, inclusive and enjoyable experience for everyone.
You know your loved one best and we want what you want. We are committed to creating a safe environment full of opportunities for your loved one to engage in real, purposeful, ordinary, everyday life things that bring the most joy. There is inherent risk in all living and the only way to avoid it is to not participate at all. At Kaleidoscope Cottage we encourage Cottagers to do what they are able to do while we are right there with them to help minimize any risks. All Cottagers or caregivers of Cottagers who cannot sign for themselves, must read and sign a waiver of liability to accept this risk.
We realize our philosophy may not resonate with everyone and that you may be more comfortable in an environment that is more structured and standardized. That is not what Kaleidoscope Cottage aspires to be. We do however, encourage anyone who is curious and interested to come and explore the Kaleidoscope Cottage experience. You just might be surprised!
We recognize this as normal and we encourage Cottagers to wander freely throughout the cottage and explore an abundance of captivating distractions. As well as the big green space of our fenced backyard to roam in, we can even take a stroll to the mailbox to pick up the mail. We believe that physical activity relieves boredom and can help break the perseverance of anxious behaviours, often referred to as “sundowning” which some persons with dementia experience.
By keeping our “keeper” to “Cottager” ratio high, we make it our business to be vigilant in maintaining a safe and secure environment for our Cottagers. All of our foolproof locked doors are equipped with safety alarms and our wrap around porch is gated at every opening. Our entirely fenced backyard provides a great safe space for Cottagers to explore but ALWAYS in the company of a Kaleidoscope “keeper” . We even take a Cottager’s photo when they are here for that “extra” precaution.
We warmly refer to our staff as “cottage keepers” and we all have the patience and passion for supporting persons with those who are experiencing memory loss and their families. All of us have Gentle Persuasive Approach training and believe whole heartedly in the Kaleidoscope Cottage philosophy and “Cottage Rules”.
We are all CPR and First Aid certified and have recent Vulnerable Sector Police checks.
We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions and ensure a safe environment for those with allergies. If a Cottager has specific food preference or adherence to a special diet, we request that they bring this with them for the visit. We are not a nut free environment.
In celebration of individuality, there is no set meal or snack times but at the Cottage we like to say “Eat when you’re hungry”. Our cupboards are stocked and our fridge is always full.
No problem… if a Cottager requires medication during their visit, it needs to be provided in a blister pack from the pharmacy. Upon arrival to the Cottage, the medication will be stored in a locked area and provided at the stated time(s) just like they would take it at home.
With the same list of “things to do” as there is in everyday life, the choices of what to do at the Cottage are endless. We recognize that what is appealing in one moment may not be appealing in the next, so we rely on the Cottager to lead the way. It may mean tending the plants and flowers, walking the dog together, tinkering with some small repairs, or something more restful like stretching out on a comfy bed for a nap, lounging in front of the tv, listening to music in the quiet room or just chatting over a cup of tea. Real purpose is unique to the individual and what gives life its meaning.
Kaleidoscope Cottage provides a stimulating environment for respite and social drop-in for persons with dementia however the Cottage is not a care centre and is not able to accept visits from those who have complex medical needs.
Kaleidoscope Cottage is a judgement-free and forgiving space for those living with memory loss. As well as inclusivity, our philosophy also emphasizes the importance of social connection and acceptance so as long as others are supportive and understanding of the needs of those with memory loss, then they are welcome.
We appreciate all payment options of cash, cheque, etransfer and interact. Transactions occur at the end of a visit unless arranged otherwise and receipts are provided upon request.
In keeping with the Cottage philosophy of inclusion we strive to keep our visits affordable. Visits follow a “sliding scale” fee schedule. Please refer to FEES for rates.
Of course you can! We are passionate about what we do, and want to share our philosophy with everyone. Family, caregivers and Cottagers are always welcome. To show consideration for all who spend time at Kaleidoscope Cottage, we simply ask that you call before you come by to be sure one of the members of our staff “family” is able to spend time to answer your questions and give you a tour. There are times when we are all knee deep in cake batter, paint or garden soil and won’t be able to spend the time we’d like to with you.
There are two ways you can schedule a visit. You can always call us…anytime of the day or night or you can request an appointment via this website by clicking on the link.
Very! Kaleidoscope Cottage is all on one level for easy mobility. We do stress however, that all Cottagers can weight bear.
While we prefer to have 24 hour notice, we recognize that this may not be possible because life is always changing. As long as there is space available at the time of the request (less than six Cottagers), we gladly welcome another Cottager to join us.
Cottagers are welcome to stay anywhere from 1 to 12 hours. We do consider special requests and circumstances as well, so you merely need to just ask!