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COVID-19 Screening measures at Woodingford 

Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Updated July 7, 2020

Visiting options at Woodingford Lodge during COVID-19

Woodingford Lodge recognizes that being able to connect with friends and family is essential to resident’s emotional health and well-being, especially during COVID-19. We are committed to making visits happen while at the same time maintaining a safe environment for the people who live at Woodingford and following the direction of the Ministries of Health and Long Term Care.

Each resident will be allowed one outdoor visit per week, with one visitor per visit. More visits may be able to be scheduled, but we must first be able to allow every resident an opportunity to visit with family and friends. Visitors to the facility, including for outdoor visits, will need to be tested for COVID-19 and will need to attest to a negative result within the previous 14 days of the visit date. Visitors will be screened upon arrival and must bring and wear a mask/face covering the entire time they are on Woodingford Lodge property. Please note, outdoor visits are weather dependent.

We are also continuing to offer additional methods for friends and family to connect with residents at Woodingford Lodge. These options include: sending them a letter, scheduling a Skype/Facetime call or by making an on-site telephone call. For more information on the different types of visits and a list of expectations for each kind please review the "Which visit is best for me" guide. To discuss outdoor visits, or any of the other options listed about, and to set up a suitable time for both you and the resident, call your Woodingford Lodge location. 

For more information about Oxford County's COVID-19 response, please visit 

Family Transition Program participant celebrates birthday with Woodingford Lodge

Family Transition Program participant, Mary, celebrates her 90th birthday at Woodingford Lodge

Last month, Mary, a participant of our unique Family Transition Program, along with friends, family, Woodingford staff and residents participated in celebrations for her 90th birthday!

Part of what makes the Family Transition Program so special is that it allows future long-term care residents to begin to feel comfortable with what life might look like in a long-term care facility before their actual move-in day. And, that includes celebrating life milestones like birthdays! Happy Birthday 90th birthday Mary, from our staff and residents at Woodingford Lodge to you!

If you'd like to learn more about the Family Transition Program, visit

Family Transition Program selected for SPARK mentorship

Woodingford Lodge’s Family Transition Program was accepted to be a part of this year’s prestigious SPARK mentorship program which will see the Family Transition Program receive support from the Mental Health Coalition of Canada. SPARK or the Supporting the Promotion of Activated Research and Knowledge training program helps participants who work, or volunteer in the mental health or substance use and addiction fields apply techniques for moving ideas into practice. The Family Transition Program team was one of 16 projects selected this year. The program will receive mentorship for one year from renowned researches to help us enhance this project on a national level. Additionally, as part of the selection, team members were invited to attend a multi-day workshop where they had an opportunity to learn and work alongside an experienced mentor and knowledge translation experts.

Family Transition Program highlighted by CTV Kitchener

The Family Transition Program and two wonderful clients, Mary Saunders and her daughter Janet, who are currently participating in the program were featured Monday evening's broadcast of CTV Kitchener to help raise awareness for the transition program. Watch the segment below:

Best Practice Spotlight Organization award presentation

Congratulations to Woodingford Lodge, and the team representatives who attended the official award presentation at County Council today for achieving the prestigious Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) designation from the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO). Woodingford Lodge is one of just 22 long-term care organizations within Ontario to receive this designation.

Delegation of Woodingford Lodge team members accepting BPSO designation award

Second annual Roll & Stroll 

On Saturday, June 7, Woodingford Lodge residents partnered with family members, friends, volunteers and staff to take a lap around the Woodstock site during the second annual Roll & Stroll event. Together, our teams raised more than $900 in support of the Woodstock Hospital Foundation, in appreciation for the care they provide to our community. 

A photo of the participants in the second annual Roll & Stroll event
Participants in the second annual Woodingford Lodge Roll & Stroll

Top pledge earner, Errol Dunnings with Jen Beattie
Errol Dunnings, our top pledge earner, with Jen Beattie, a Woodingford Lodge Recreation Aide.

MaryLou and Jim Piggot, winners of the Best-Dressed Strollers prize
MaryLou and Jim Piggot, winners of the Best-Dressed Strollers prize.

Woodingford Lodge receives Best Practice Spotlight Organization designation

Oxford County’s Woodingford Lodge has become one of only 22 long-term care organizations in Ontario to be designated a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s (RNAO). The designation, which took three years to achieve, was pursued as a result of efforts by Woodingford Lodge staff to find ways to improve quality of life for residents. 

The designation is a dynamic partnership that focuses on making a positive impact on resident care through systematic implementation of evidence-based best practices. In order to achieve the BPSO designation, Woodingford Lodge chose to implement best practice guidelines in three areas: person & family centred care; preventing and addressing abuse and neglect of older adults; and assessment and management of pain. Learn more.

Introducing the Family Transition Program

The Family Transition Program is an innovative new program developed by Oxford County's Woodingford Lodge to help those on the long-term care wait list prepare for, and transition to long-term care.

We will be hosting a public information session for those who want to learn more on May 15 from 6-8p.m. at Woodingford Lodge in Woodstock (300 Juliana Drive).

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. Learn more.

Celebrating National Volunteer Appreciation Week April 19 - 25

National Volunteer Week is April 19-25, and with that, we wanted to take a moment to share our appreciation not only for the wonderful volunteers who dedicate their time, compassion and energy here at Woodingford Lodge, but volunteers across our community.

We see the difference volunteers make in our community every day, whether it is leading neighbourhood activities at Woodingford Lodge or in the greater community, giving your time to help lift another person's spirit or an entire community's pride.Volunteers make a difference. Visit the volunteer page to read our letter to volunteers.

Celebrating milestones

Bessie Round, a Woodingford Lodge resident since 2013, celebrated her 105th birthday with friends and family. Bessie says that her secret to a long life is good music, which is supported by the Music and Memory program. You can read more about Bessie's celebration in Heart FM's article, including family photos.

Making wishes come true

Mary's wish

Another lucky Woodingford Lodge resident had a wish granted when Sammy the horse came for a visit. Mary, a Woodingford resident, has developed a close relationship with one of our staff members, Andrea, over their love for horses. After sharing horse stories for many years, Andrea surprised Mary by bringing her horse, Sammy, to visit Mary in Ingersoll for an afternoon, complete with a matching cowgirl hat. This allowed Mary to spend some quality time with the magnificent creature, and doubled as pet therapy for other Woodingford residents that joined in. 
Andrea, Bonnie, Mary and Sammy the horse

Ralph's wish

Members of the Oxford County Naval Veterans Association made the wish of one Woodingford Lodge resident come true by hosting a fishing trip at the Woodstock Navy Club’s pond. Ralph, whose wish it was to go fishing, brought some friends along to cast some lines, enjoy the weather and catch a few fish. 

Ralph and his catch

Beulah's wish

A visit to the African Lion Safari made a wish come true for Beulah. It has been Beulah’s wish to get up close with an elephant and she had her chance, getting to touch an elephant's trunk. Special thanks to Voyageur Bus Lines for providing transportation, the Woodingford Lodge Auxiliary, and of course African Lion Safari for making Beulah's wish come true!

Beulah learning she will meet an elephant


The largest of our homes is located in Woodstock. A beautiful 160 bed, 2 storey residence built into a hill and overlooking southern Woodstock.


300 Juliana Drive
Woodstock, ON N4V0A1
Phone (519) 421-5556
Fax (519) 533-0781

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325 Thames Street South
Ingersoll, ON N5C2T8
Phone (519) 485-7053
Fax (519) 485-6298 

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52 Venison Street West
Tillsonburg, ON N4G 1V1
Phone (519) 688-4874 
Fax (519) 688-3403

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