We provide excellent care to persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and to the frail elderly.
- To provide a nurturing community where residents feel valued and loved.
- To provide supportive care and direction which reflects the resident’s needs and engages their strengths, abilities and interests, past and present.
- To encourage, support and understand the individual needs of each resident so that experiencing a sense of accomplishment is a frequent occurrence.
In 1996, Ruth Constable, R.N., with the support and encouragement of her husband Jack and their long time colleague and friend, Camille Taylor, brought a dream to life within a home in London. They named it Highview. Ruth had spent the previous twenty-eight years serving people in retirement and long-term care homes.
Ruth understood that people with Alzheimer’s disease could thrive in a home-like setting. The original Highview became that setting for eight residents. It was a beautiful place to call home – a place full of respect, where all were treated with dignity while having their basic needs and safety concerns addressed. Most often, Highview would become their permanent home – the place where they would stay for as long as possible. In other instances, Highview would be their respite home – a place for them to live for a shorter time.
Prior to the first Highview, Ruth served as the Director of Nursing at Kensington Village in London, Ontario. While there she cared for a gentleman named Stan Harris. During the time that Stan was at Kensington Ruth developed a close relationship with Stan’s daughter, Cathy Chapin.
When Cathy and her husband Ross decided to build a residence in London for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, they invited Ruth to serve on their planning team. In 2002 the decision was made to build a new and larger residence. Franklin House was opened, followed by Chapin House. Each house is comprised of two cottages, each with 12 or 13 private residents’ rooms.
Highview Residences continues to honour and uphold the reason for which it was created: to care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia – to be their home.