Wheelchair Swing Evokes Childhood Memories

May 14, 2018

One-of- a-kind swing benefits sufferers of dementia

A favourite childhood apparatus is being used to evoke happy memories for dementia
sufferers at a Burnaby long-term care facility.

Dania Home is proud to be one of the first long-term care homes to provide a
WhisperGLIDE wheelchair swing for residents’ use.

“The familiar rocking motion evokes childhood memories this motion is soothing and
relaxing to residents with dementia,” says Leslie Torresan Manager of Recreation.
“It relaxes those who sometimes need a little help in alleviating feelings of anxiety.”

The swing also allows grandchildren and great grandchildren to return the favour to
elderly relatives who may have spent countless hours pushing little ones in a
traditional swing. “This is a great way to make a connection between a resident and
family members,” says Else Rollke President of the Ladies Auxiliary, “by allowing
family members to share special moments with their loved one.”

The official unveiling of the WhisperGLIDE wheelchair swing was held at Dania
Home on Saturday, May 12 at 11am. The first residents to go for a swing were
Brian and Joyce Bourke; celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary.

Dania Home would like to thank Margaret Chester Past President Ladies Auxiliary for
her generous donation enabling Dania Home to purchase this unique and special

To watch a short video clip from CTV please head over to their website

Dania hosts 105th birthday to one of B.C.'s first tai chi masters

April 18, 2018

“Chung, a widely regarded tai chi master in B.C., was honoured by his family and even some of the students he has taught over the decades. He even helped teach a class at the care home he now lives in.”

CBC article about Raymond

CTV segment on Raymond Chung (there will be a short ad before the segment plays)

Dania Wedding Week featured on CKNW's Steele & Drex

July 5, 2017

So this is the best story of the day. A elderly couple who are both dealing with the effects of dementia are having their wedding re-created by their care home as they celebrate 62 years of marriage. Sid and Edith will be able to walk down the aisle, say “I do,” have a first dance, and also enjoy a wedding cake replicated just like the one they had in 1955.

GUEST: Leslie Torresan – Recreation Coordinator at Dania Home in Burnaby

Guest: Edith Halliday – 87 years old – Celebrated 62 years of marriage with husband Sid Halliday today

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Dania Home Ladies Auxiliary Celebrate their 75th Anniversary

May 19, 2017

To commemorate 75 years of service to the residents of the Dania Home, the Dania Ladies Auxiliary, in true form, hosted a Country Fair Fund Raising Event on Sunday 25th June.

100% of the funds raised go back to enhancing the lives of the residents. Over the years the Ladies Auxiliary have raised funds for many contributions including, furniture, paintings, dishware, china, Christmas gifts, gardening supplies, monthly Birthday Parties, Bus Outings, and so much more. Their undying service and dedication was acknowledged and celebrated on at the Country Fair on Sunday June 25th.  The Honorable Acting Mayor, Paul McDonell, attended the event and presented each of the Dania Home Ladies Auxiliary members with a certificate from the City Of Burnaby thanking them for their outstanding contributions to the community. Acting Mayor of Burnaby Paul McDonell commented “It is the dedication and commitment of individuals like yourselves that makes our community  unique.  Your generous volunteerism represents the spirit of the City of Burnaby.”

The Dania Home Ladies Auxiliary are a strong group of women who persevere in their determination to ensure the residents enjoy their lives to the fullest.


Celebrating 75 Years at Dania

June 15, 2016

It was in 1938 when the first recorded minutes were taken by a group of Danes, they had gathered to discuss the establishment of a retirement home for their aging community.  In 1941 a committee was elected and hence purchased an old farm property with a 50 year old house that sat of 4.3 acres of land.

In our present day, Dania Home has established a campus of care that has partnerships with Fraser Health Authority, BC Housing and the achievement of Exemplary status as awarded by Accreditation Canada.

Dania celebrated the 75 year milestone with Dania Board Members, community members, dignitaries, service providers, Dania staff and residents from Dania Manor and Carl Mortensen Manor.  The celebration featured speeches and congratulations of accomplishment from Richard Lee (MLA for Burnaby North), Raj Chouhan (MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds), Dan Johnston (Councilor, City of Burnaby & Acting Mayor), Dee Chatha (Director of Residential Care & Assisted Living, FHA) and Ann-Britt Everett (Honorary Consul, Royal Danish Consulate).  The guests of the event enjoyed a performance by the Tivoli Singers Choir, followed by refreshments and appetizers in the new Dania Home.



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