My mother has been a client of Marion’s for several years. Marion visits my Mom in her care facility twice per week for a gym session/visit.
The sessions with Marion have greatly improved Mom’s mobility and strength. I am constantly impressed with the gains they have made, especially considering my Mom is in a wheelchair, and has severe osteoporosis.

Also impressive is the ability Marion has  to draw conversation and even some laughs from my very introverted mother! I can’t say enough about how this has enhanced Mom’s quality of life, and my Mom looks forward to her visits.
Marion is extremely kind, good natured, and has a magic touch with the elderly!

I also have been able to use the cost of kinesiology  sessions as expenses for rate reduction purposes. 

I can heartily recommend Victoria KINpanion Services for both the companion and therapy aspects for the elderly. 
Marion provides a compassionate and valuable service for our family that we truly appreciate!
 
-Tina Ouellette

It turned out to be a “God Send” when a nurse at our 92 year old Uncle’s Long Term Care home referred us to Marion in September 2017.  He has early stage dementia and we urgently needed a responsible companion to take him for a scheduled CT scan.  Without hesitation she adjusted schedules, accommodated the appointment and provided a detailed report on results.  We do not live in the same city and with little notice she jumped to our assistance and has since been a weekly companion to our Uncle and has helped with several additional medical appointments.  

Marion’s initial assistance with our Uncle lead to us engaging her services to help with our 94 year old Mother who also has early stage dementia.  She has helped with concerns and medical issue appointments (including emergency department visits) through stages of Home Care and Assisted Living and was instrumental in positively changing our Mother’s previously steadfast negative perception of Long Term Care facilities, where she now resides.  Marion has provided weekly companion trips and lunch outings in addition to last minute calls for “settling influence” visits with true professionalism and compassion.

Our discovery of Marion has been a blessing. She certainly knows how to handle difficult clients and has significantly improved our level of comfort and security in dealing with both our Uncle and Mother under, sometimes, very trying circumstances.  

She is a valued asset and we would recommend her services without hesitation. 

-Mal and Carol  

Two years ago, my mother had a fall and broke her hip and it became obvious that staying at home was not an option.  Losing her home, her mobility and gradually her memory has been tough.  I first met Marion from VKS (and of course Willie, her Golden Retriever) when she was visiting another resident and knew instantly that I wanted to get her involved with helping to care for my mother.  Her warm and upbeat attitude was so infectious that I was sure Mum would respond.  Mum's a "dog person" so I also knew Willie would be icing on the cake!  

 

Initially I just intended to have Marion help my mother regain her mobility, but it quickly became clear that the social aspect of Marion's visits were equally important.  Marion (and Willie) have visited twice a week for 2 years now.   Marion is quick to adapt her visits to whatever seem to meet my mother's needs that day.  On "good" days, they may go for a drive, walk the dog and have an ice cream.  On quieter days they may just sit in Mum's room, look through her photo albums and have a chat.

 

Caring for a parent long-distance is challenging.  Having Marion on board has been a tremendous comfort...not only for my mother but also for me!

-Margaret

Marion has been visiting my mother for a few years. Initially she was providing some basic physiotherapy but as my mother has been able to do less, Marion has been more of a companion. Knowing that Marion is visiting my mother every few days has been incredibly important to me. She has a true gift when it comes to communicating with patients with dementia. I know that my mother appreciates a chance to talk to someone who is not there to do a procedure on her and I have the reassurance of knowing that someone is looking in on my mother when I cannot be there. Having a loved one in care is a difficult experience but Marion has helped make it a much better experience.

 

Richard Keeler

In 2017, I was accepted into a masters program in Helsinki, Finland. Although I was honoured and excited to go, I worried about leaving my dad behind, and needed to find someone who could keep an eye on him while I was away between my Christmas and Spring visits.  Aside from taking him to appointments, I also needed someone willing to do errands for him, like helping him get his watch battery replaced and or whatever his current needs might be. Marion was able to meet all my needs/request while always being highly flexible, dedicated and dependent. My father has only been visiting with her for one year but she already feels like a true friend to him and the family. Throughout the year she has taken him to a variety of scenic and interesting places and has brought a lot of colour to his life. She has also been there with him through more serious times such as eye surgery and several crucial follow up specialist appointments. I can trust her to relay important information on to me and keep me in the loop about how he is doing, both physically and emotionally. 

She is highly empathetic and is able to tend to his needs during a visit, whether it is physical movement in a park, or a friendly conversation. I have full confidence that my father is in good hands when I am away. My father really likes Marion and is not forced on these visits but attends them willfully and enthusiastically.

She also helps me access his care situation and is like my eyes on the ground. She is a tremendous support to our family life.

 

- Harold Hejazi (August, 2018)

Marion has been visiting my mother for a few years. Initially she was providing some basic physiotherapy but as my mother has been able to do less, Marion has been more of a companion. Knowing that Marion is visiting my mother every few days has been incredibly important to me. She has a true gift when it comes to communicating with patients with dementia. I know that my mother appreciates a chance to talk to someone who is not there to do a procedure on her and I have the reassurance of knowing that someone is looking in on my mother when I cannot be there. Having a loved one in care is a difficult experience but Marion has helped make it a much better experience.

 

Richard Keeler