Making the decision to move a loved one to a long term care home is a difficult one. Finding the right home, planning and managing the move, and supporting your loved one through the transition can be an emotional journey.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph (SJHCG) provides a safe, warm, and welcoming environment for residents in our long term care facility.

SJHCG’s LTC Resident and Family Handbook (PDF, 3.68MB) has useful information about our program.

Delivering Best Practice Care

Our team of highly skilled and dedicated healthcare professionals work closely together to create care plans based on the unique needs of each person. Staff are trained in the gentle persuasion approach, a best practice in managing responsive behaviours that are often associated with confusion, anxiety, or dementia.

Promoting Social Connections and Engagement

Staying connected and engaged in meaningful activity is an important part of healthy aging. With a broad offering of social activities, residents can participate in recreational programs that interest them, including: music therapy, gardening, pet visits, trivia, bingo, active games, and more.

Each month, there are a number of recreational events that are also open to family members. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, visitors are not permitted to participate in group Recreation and Music Therapy programs at this time.

View monthly activity calendars

A Space That Promotes Healing

SJHCG offers beautiful outdoor gardens where residents can enjoy many activities or find a quiet moment to take in the fresh air. Unique to SJHCG is the St. Joseph’s Guelph Youth Farm. Residents can stroll or wheel through the youth farm, connect with its volunteers, and watch nature come to life.

Learn more about the Guelph Youth Farm.

Family and Friends Newsletter

Check out the latest issue of our quarterly Long Term Care Family and Friends Newsletter (PDF, 1.51MB), new for Winter 2021. The newsletter offers information about our quarterly focuses for staff, Quality Improvement Plan updates, upcoming events, and more!

If you have ideas about different information to include in future issues that might be helpful to other families as well, please submit your suggestions for consideration to our Director of Care at ext. 4249 or our Assistant Director of Care at ext. 4304.

View previous issue of the newsletter (PDF, 1.78MB)


To apply for long term care at SJHCG, contact the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) Home and Community Care at 310-2222, or visit

When families/individuals have been directed to do so by the WWLHIN, a tour of our facility can be arranged by emailing