Councillor Josh Matlow

Meighen Manor and Retirement Residence

As many of you know, COVID-19 has been particularly virulent with elders in our community, especially in long-term care and retirement homes where it has been running rampant.

As Toronto’s Seniors Advocate, I’m very concerned about, and deeply saddened by, the devastating impact this virus is having on our senior population.

For those who are in self-isolation, I want you to know that we care about you and you are not alone. For those who are unwell because of the virus, I wish you our support, strength and a full recovery. And for those families and friends that have lost a loved one from COVID-19, my deepest and most sincere condolences to you.

Our community appreciates the heroic and caring personal support workers, nurses, doctors, health care workers, management teams, cleaners, kitchen staff, coordinators and everyone who works tirelessly to support our loved ones. No words can adequately express our heartfelt gratitude and support.

Many of you have asked how you can offer your support from a physical distance.

Please leave a message of encouragement, love and gratitude for the Meighen Manor and Retirement Home community in the comment section below.

Most importantly, if we all do our part, spend time at home and slow the spread of the virus, more of our parents, grandparents, family members, friends and neighbours can get the care they need to survive this.

To receive weekly COVID-19 e-newsletter updates, subscribe here and to review my COVID-19 webpage, click here.

Thank you for your kindness and support for the people who need us now more than ever.



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  18. Peter Gooch December 22, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you to all the staff for continuing to support residents in this most challenging time. Your dedication to the wellbeing of residents despite the risks to you is an inspiration to all of us.

    We hope that residents can find some joy and comfort in the limited ways that they can connect with families and loved ones.

    Our thoughts and best wishes are with all of you.

  19. Monica December 20, 2020 at 7:01 am

    Thank you for all your dedication and love for those in your care.

  20. Patty December 19, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Hello neighbours,

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you!

    To the staff, thank you so much for all you do to take care of the residents. May the holiday season allow you some time to reflect on your skills and caring personalities that have allowed you to be heroes during this time. Not everyone could do what you do! Many can’t or wouldn’t. You are indeed very special people.

    To the residents, I hope you find peace during this season. Look out your windows at the Christmas lights and know that people are thinking of you and care. I will continue to wave at any of you who are your windows when I walk by!

    Thinking of you all with thanks and gratitude

    Patty and Phil

  21. Gemma Larcina December 18, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    Please know that someone out there (me!) is thinking of you and praying for you, as are my family. I wish you a warm and joyful Christmas and a happy new year! Sending warm “hugs” your way.

  22. Jill Langford December 18, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Our family would like to wish residents and staff at The Meighen a very safe holiday season and New Year!!
    Most of you residents have probably lived through some very tough times before. You are stronger and more resilient than most of us. You can do this!
    Sending virtual hugs to everyone.
    Jill, Garry, Samantha and McCartney

  23. Nicole Hillmer December 17, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Hello Resident and or front line staff,
    Just sending you you a quick message of support.
    Thank you to the residents for laying a foundation for all of us to live in and creating some of the things that we now probably take for granted.
    Thank you to the caregivers for being there for the residents when the family are unable to be there for their family member. It is a wonderful thing that you are doing, especially in the time of Covid-19.
    Take good care of yourselves, thanks be to whomever-you-wish for the vaccine.

  24. Olivia October 14, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Hello! I just wanted to let all of you know that you’re in my hearts and even though I may not know you, I love and care for you. I understand it may be hard, but please try and hang in there and stay positive because it will get better. Don’t forget, you guys have all my love and support.

  25. Raha October 6, 2020 at 1:51 am

    Hello, hope this message finds you all well!
    I don’t know if you guys will read this or if u even check your pages anymore, but thank you. Thank you to the front line workers, thank you to the residents. Nothing I can say can make this pandemic less distressing or hard. Hell, I just spent the last hour watching existential crisis-y youtube videos and pondering the meaning of life while procrastinating on my online school work, which feels like the banana yellow no-name version of what my freshman year should have been. You guys are probably sitting tight right now, trying your best to protect yourselves and each other while staying optimistic. Must be hard, you guys are so inspiring. Sometimes it feels like this thing will never end. But right now I’m sitting here, listening to “Are You Bored Yet” by the Wallows (listen to it, its a good song) and writing this note to all you beautiful souls, and for that I’m grateful. The fact that we are here right now, the fact that you guys are out there, trying your hardest and keeping everyone safe, makes life that much more worth living right now. I look forward to the day when we can all see each other again, and when that day comes it will be because of you guys. Sending you all of my love, support and arbitrary song recommendations- xoxo

  26. Marcie September 23, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    A huge thank you to all of the front line staff at the Meighen Home. The work that you do makes such a huge difference in so many lives. Thank you for being there for our loved ones, when we cannot be there. Your kindness and endless support goes a long way to help the residents and our families cope with these strange times.

    And to the residents, please know that you are loved and are not alone. These are strange times we are dealing with and may you be able to rest comfortably, be well taken care of, and feel the love that we are all sending you! –Marcie

  27. Teresa September 22, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    To all those who care for the elderly and the sick,

    Thank you for your courage and bravery. My mother had to stay in a nursing home for 3 months last year while she recuperated enough to come home. So I’ve seen first hand how much care goes into each patient and how much it matters that each patient knows there is someone there for them. And for family members, knowing that someone is there for one’s loved one especially in these unprecedented times of COVID helps cause such relief and ease.

    All support to you and your families.

    Thank you from me and mine.


  28. Rachael Donnelly July 3, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Sending all the love and support to the personal support workers, nurses, doctors, health care workers, management teams, cleaners, kitchen staff, coordinators and everyone else who works so hard to care for the older adults living at the Meighen Home. Thank you.

  29. Gelila Y. May 26, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Hello All!

    I hope and pray that during this difficult time you find hope, strength, and joy through Jesus. I hope the restrictions and fear do not get to you but you find a way to enjoy every moment you can!

  30. Caitlin May 26, 2020 at 1:30 am

    Hello Arthur Meighen Staff,

    We have been thinking of you during this unimaginably difficult time. Many of you I came to know over the last couple years and I have the utmost admiration for each of you. The care and personal attention you gave to my mother in the last year of her life and the care I saw you give to other residents and their families was always above and beyond. I wish there was some other way to offer you support, as this seems insufficient. For now, know that you are in our thoughts and we hope to see you once again when this is over.

    To the residents and families struggling with this illness, many of whom our family came to know as well. Our heart breaks for you. We were able to be with my mother when she passed last fall. I can’t imagine the pain you must feel being separated from one another. You are also in our thoughts and we wish you the strength to meet this time as best as you can. Sending our deepest condolences and regards to each of you.

  31. Natalia Stefanova May 24, 2020 at 2:37 am

    Hello dear neighbors! We send you lots of love and strength.

    We see you all exercising daily and sitting on your balconies and in the hallways, taking in the morning sun. We see you working hard to keep your spirits up, to stay healthy and strong under the watchful eyes of your courageous care-givers.

    Your spirit and strength inspire us. Please keep at it. Waving from our windows to yours <3

  32. Mark Heinmiller May 23, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks to all our hard working health care workers. Good luck and Godspeed.

  33. Martha Lawrance May 19, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    My love and prayers are with all the residents of Long Term Care especially at Meighen Manor where I play my harp!!!! I have been touch by each and every one of you.
    Sending my soothing vibrations to all staff, residents, and the frontline workers. I am happy to be stationed anywhere I can offer soothing harp music!!

  34. Laura C May 16, 2020 at 3:08 am

    You are in my thoughts – I can’t imagine how difficult this has been for you all. The power of the community is always there, and we are all thinking of you. <3

  35. Karen Fraser May 9, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    You are in my prayers daily, many times daily that God will keep you safe as you fulfill your awesome calling to take care of our vulnerable seniors. God bless you for all you do.

  36. Elizabeth Cherniak May 7, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    My heart goes out to everyone at Meighen Manor- the residents, caregivers, staff and families. My mother spent 2 years of her life in a LTC home in St. Catharines, and I saw first-hand all the hard work, care and compassion that goes into caring for our elderly. Thank you for everything you do!

    Please know that many of us in the Toronto community are doing all we can to stay in isolation and stop the spread of this virus. I “get it” – I value all of your lives, so I am happy to sacrifice a few freedoms to make sure we all come through this safely.

    Sending much love and support, Elizabeth

  37. Hilary Garner May 6, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    My mom spent 6-months last year in LTC. Watching the staff engage with and care for those in need of constant care was powerful.
    I cannot express my gratitude for the work these people do.
    While my mother is no longer with us, my heart goes out to everyone living in, and working in LTC’s. These roles are crucial and not
    all of us are built to do this work. Thank you for everything you do.

  38. Cait M May 5, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Thank you front line staff for keeping our family member’s healthy and safe while you battle this virus head on. You work every day so we can stay home. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Also, sending love and thoughts to those who are residences in the home, the community cares and prays for your safety and health.Lots of love and support. xo

  39. Erika T. May 3, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    During this time, the safest way of staying together is staying apart. While apart, know that we are thinking of all of you and thanking all those who care for you.

  40. Kelly Zemnickis May 1, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Hi neighbour! I live just a block away & I just wanted to share a Hello and virtual hug. It’s a scary time right now but there is so much love and kindness in this community, it’s giving me good hope that we will see the other side of this and we will be an even stronger community afterwards. So I wave hello from my balcony and I send you love!!

  41. Kathryn Cronin April 30, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Sending our heartfelt gratitude and positive energy to the staff members and residents at Meighen Manor. Peace and strength from the family of Molly Montgomery who resided there from 2012-2014. Thank you and hang in there!

  42. Carolina Vecchiarelli April 27, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Sending a virtual hug to each and every frontline staff member and resident. We’re in this together!

  43. Erin April 27, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Sending my love and thoughts and goodness to all the residents and staff. I am thinking about you an keeping you in my Heart.

  44. Andria April 27, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Sending love, strength and positive energy to all the residents and workers, and keeping you in my thoughts.

  45. Maureen April 27, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    I work at Sunnybrook. We are partnering with you to help. I offered to be seconded there. I’m not sure I will be allowed. I work in neonatal icu. Others are coming. Stay strong. Though I can’t enter the building if I can help in anyway from the outside please let me know. It must be so hard but you are doing such important work. To the residents and families. My heart breaks for you.
    Maureen Reilly

  46. sasha April 26, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    To our elders and to all workers, much love and respect! Thank you for your wisdom and courage! Wishing you a beautiful and fruitful spring.
    A little poem;
    “It’s all I have to bring to-day” By Emily Dickinson

    It’s all I have to bring to-day,
    This, and my heart beside,
    This, and my heart, and all the fields,
    And all the meadows wide.
    Be sure you count, should I forget, —
    Someone the sum could tell, —
    This, and my heart, and all the bees
    Which in the clover dwell.

  47. Alexandra April 26, 2020 at 2:23 am

    Sending love and prayers to all at Meighen Manor, residents and staff. It is wonderful to have you all in our community; we’re thinking of you at this difficult time.

  48. Shirley Zussman April 25, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Heartbroken that Eleni (Helen) Liaskos died a week ago at Meighen Manor from the effects of COVID-19. It saddens me that, given the protocols, none of her loved ones were by her side at her end of life. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, wife, sister and friend– full of life, laughter, wisdom and love. Ever in my heart and the hearts of so many who were lucky enough to have her in their lives.

    It is long overdue that we look at the systemic reasons behind the high death rate among our elders in long-term care facilities. We must do better.

  49. Cameron Brown April 25, 2020 at 6:23 am

    The care and support you showed my late mother for the last 3 years of her life was admirable, keep up the good work and know that it doesn’t go unappreciated.

  50. Margot April 25, 2020 at 4:14 am

    Showering you all with blessings and love. You are all so truly treasured.

  51. Lindsay April 25, 2020 at 1:26 am

    Thinking of you all and sending love and strength.

  52. Patty Wilkinson April 25, 2020 at 12:22 am

    As a neighbour, I have witnessed the comings and goings of staff and residents and visitors on a daily basis over the years. I am sure the situation there right now is very frightening. I want to thank the staff for your continued professionalism and care at this time, especially when the residents are without their loved ones there to visit. Your role is even more important now: to offer the physical care as well as the emotional support and reassurances that so many residents need right now. To the residents, know that you are not alone. Have faith that you have an entire community wishing you all well and for a speedy end to this difficult time.

  53. Jannat Hamid April 24, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    I pray and wish for everyone’s safety and health every day – it can never be enough for the tremendous work you all do.
    I would also like to donate in honour of so many of you, if you are able to forward me your name to
    Please let me know if you know of any other seniors in the area who are in need of help, like shopping, food, etc. I will make every attempt to help out.

  54. Anthony M. April 24, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    You should know that you are amongst the most important, indispensable people in our society. Never doubt that!

  55. Helene Barrette April 24, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Sending the residents and personnel of Meighen Manor and Residence lots of love, strength, resilience, and courage, to get through these difficult times. You are not forgotten. Every night at 7:30pm, I ring my bell on my balcony, in honour of you all. My Dad lived in a place similar to Meighen, and received great care. Knowing what you are all dealing with makes me think of him, and makes me feel closer to you all. May you stay safe, healthy, and have some moments of joy every day. Please know that we think of you all. – Helen xoxo

  56. Lorna Yates April 24, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    We are sending our love to you and the staff at Meighen Manor. We are grateful for you and the amazing lives that you have lived and we know you will continue to live. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Spring weather being renewed hope and better health. xo. Lorna, Khushroo, Jack and Molly

  57. Liz April 24, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Sending blessings of healing and peace to all of your.

  58. Alison S. April 24, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    My Dad, Gordon S. was on the dementia unit until he died in 2011 and was so well taken care of by Pauline et al. Please know that I, my sister Meg and my brother Fred are thinking about all of you and supporting you as you comfort and care for other families through this super tough pandemic the way you did for ours.

  59. Ann Martens April 24, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Thank you to front line staff and sending compassion to all!

  60. Jennifer Hinder April 24, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    A huge thank you to all the front line staff at Meighen Manor. We appreciate the personal sacrifices you are making every day to keep our beloved seniors safe! You are heroes! Xxx

  61. Jennifer D. April 24, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    My dad, Bryan Dawson, was a resident of Meighen. He received such exceptional care during his time with you, and we continue to be grateful for the quality of life he was able to enjoy, during his final couple of years of such challenging illnesses. My thoughts have been with you *all* during these COVID-19 days. Please know I am exceptionally thankful for every worker, showing up and providing such incredible and essential supports to our most vulnerable residents – and, in the process, making such incredible personal sacrifices to do so every single day. Thank you. Thank you! -Jennifer Dawson

  62. Anne-Marie Maugeri April 24, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    My family were sooo grateful to get a room for my Uncle Basil at this Residence. The short time he has been there the staff have always been caring and kind, courteous, and professional. Sending love to my Uncle and saying many prayers for him at this time.
    Also, sending well wishes to the staff and my thoughts are with all them, and my Uncle’s care givers. I hope they all stay safe, and I hope this gives them all strength.

  63. Laura Thomas April 24, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Sending a massive amount of our love and gratitude to all the staff at Meighen, but particularly to Jeanette and the attentive 4th floor Dinnick team who cared for my stepdad, Weldon – both before Covid, and then afterward. Thank you for coming to work each day and caring for him, while we family members couldn’t. We will be forever grateful for that. Sending you all ‘stay safe’ hugs . . . Noreen, Laura & David

  64. Gordon & Bev Simpson April 24, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Wishing all residents, front line workers, cleaners, kitchen and janitorial staff much support and care during this pandemic. Please know we think about you and are very grateful to you for all you are doing.

  65. Dave and Anne Saunders April 24, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Our family and friends are so grateful to the Meighen Manor nursing home staff, particularly the front-line nurses and psws. We pray for them and their families, and for all the residents and their families.

  66. Alex F April 24, 2020 at 2:29 am

    Sending all the love and support to the residents, caregivers, staff, and family at the Meighen Home.

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