It is human nature that we take for granted things that are most dear to us - our family, our independence, our health. Often, we recognize the value of these critical elements in our life when suddenly they are lost due to illness or injury.
Most unfortunately, this battle often occurs far away from the supportive and secure arms of our family and friends.
For those of us who have had such an experience, we can testify that it's during these times when we need our loved ones and long for the security of our own beds.
We are very fortunate that our local health care providers have recognized these needs and understand the health benefits of treating the whole person.
This is the philosophy that has created the Restorative Care Centre that is soon to be a vital part of Fishermen's Memorial Hospital.
This centre will assist patients throughout the district who have had joint replacement or repair, had a stroke or chronic lung disease, and patients with neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease or Multiple Sclerosis.
The focus will be restoring them to their optimal level of independence and returning them to the comfort of their homes and family. this new facility will not be for long term care but instead, will assist patient's through a 2-8 week course of intensive therapy.
It is most appropriate that this center be named the Dr. Arthur H. Patterson Center for Restorative Care. Throughout his 35 year career as a Lunenburg based family physician, Dr. Patterson placed the interest and well being of his patients as the priority. Dr. Patterson was also praised for genuine interest, gentle care and advocacy of his elderly patients.