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Elva Mitchell’s 99-year-old mother, Kay Richardson, was living independently until just over two years ago, when she moved into a seniors’ residence outside Halifax, N.S. Then the pandemic hit. 

“It shut her world down,” said Mitchell. “It went from some confusion to almost full blown confusion. The pandemic robbed her of her last couple of years.”

Mitchell pulled her out of the residence, moved her to Ontario, and into her own home in the village of Richmond, located in the outskirts of Ottawa. 

Elva Mitchell, left, and her mother Kay Richardson celebrate a family birthday in June 2021. (Submitted)

But caring for her mother, whose dementia worsened, was difficult.

“She was up through the night. Frequently. And my mother doesn’t sleep a lot in the daytime. She’s not a big napper. So it meant that I was with her 24/7,” said Mitchell.

When an opening came up at Carefor Richmond Care Home, a kilometre from Mitchell’s home, “we chose to make the…

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