Feb. 13 to 19 was a week of logistics one could liken to a military operation, as 144 Elders moved from the Kinsmen Lodge on Old Yale Road to their new home on 137A Street.
The last Elders were piped out as the doors closed behind them.
The mission was carried out under the direction of CEO Kathleen Stath, who led the operation with one simple focus: "Safe Bed, Well Fed, Right Med."
A colour-coded wristband system was used to ensure success.
Each Elder wore a bracelet that indicated the date of his or her move, the time, mode of transport, new neighbourhood, room number and medical information.
The first Happy Hour at the end of the moving week was a family celebration for all residents and staff as they toasted a job well done.
The party room was abuzz as the Elders swapped stories of the move and their new neighbourhoods.
Laughter was shared, and so were tears, as Patrick Muir, member of the residents' council, spoke eloquently and emotionally about their beautiful new home and how lucky they all were to be here.
The residents then cheered the North Surrey Lions Club as they presented a donation towards the new safety equipment still needed.
With Elders now living in the new Kinsmen Lodge, there is an urgency to complete the Honouring Elders Campaign.
Items for which Kinsmen Lodge is seeking funding benefit Elders every single day: bathtubs, beds, shower chairs, motorized lifts for transfers and exercise equipment.
Each of these state-of-the-art items is Elder-centred in design, with considerations for their respect and dignity that is so critically important.
For more photos and video of the move to thenew building, please check out the Kinsmen Lodge Surrey Facebook page.
© Copyright 2013