August 2019 Newsletter

 August 2019 Newsletter  

It is time once again to hear Blue Suede Shoes, Teddy Bear, Jailhouse Rock and Can’t Help Falling in Love amongst other songs during our 4th annual LaPointe-Fisher Nursing Home 50’s 60’s Family Theme Night to be held outdoors (keep your fingers crossed for perfect weather). Elvis (a.k.a Bruce Herron) is slated to start singing his repertoire sometime between 6:30-7:00 p.m. August 21st. Last year, as in previous years, the mood for the event was spectacular. The residents and friends alike enjoyed ice cream floats and sundaes while others danced in the parking lot to their old favourite tunes.  Mayor Cam Guthrie also stopped by to say hello.
On this evening, we ask that you please park at the back of our parking lot, or out in the road, leaving a few prime spots up front just in case some classic cars and/or motorcycles join us.

It is hard to believe that it is has been a year since the launch of our updated website.  Last year, some of the family council members contributed to the website via giving positive testimonials of the home. We continue to invite others to do the same.  As the website stands today, many visitors touring the home have found it to be useful and have even booked their tours online.  There has been positive feedback received from people touring, saying that they are pleasantly surprised that the home looks so well despite its age, and that they can see the residents and staff are happy.  Having said that, we would like to ask you to please access Google and provide our Home with the review of your experience at LaPointe Fisher. Our Home’s Accreditation will take place next year – April 2020 and it will be ideal if there is an increase in our Home’s Google reviews. We believe in our Vision: To be “The Home of Choice” and our motto “Pride in Caring”.  Our values statement we truly uphold is: We are committed to the belief that this IS the “Resident’s Home.” We continue to do our best to ensure that all our residents and staff are safe and that residents, staff, family members, volunteers and community partners are happy and satisfied.

The reports from the Leadership Team:
Administrator Dahlia– Dahlia reports that Ontario Home Health has signed on as our new mobility service (eg. Wheelchairs, walkers, etc) preferred vendor.  She also reports that we had the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in the building to follow up on our action plans from previous inspections. Reports will follow. Their mandate is to ensure that all LTC homes in the province reach very high standards which we continue to do.
Director of Quality Improvement Shane –Shane reports that if you feel comfortable giving a ‘shout out to our home’ via a google review that would be wonderful. He also reports that effective August 19th our hair stylist Susan will start charging HST. If your loved one is receiving haircare, HST (13%) will be added to the current rates. If you have not stopped by the Business Office to sign off on the new rates please do so at your earliest convenience.
Business Manager Kathy Reminds newer residents moving into the home and residing in Basic accommodations that they may qualify for a rate reduction.  Please bring in your Notice of Assessments from taxation year 2018 to the Business Office.  Applications for the rate reductions are available in the office.
Environmental Service Supervisor Cindy in charge of Laundry and Housekeeping– Cindy reminds all to get new clothing items labelled before putting them in the residents’ closets. If you are missing items please look at our lost and found rack in the basement.
Food Service and Nutrition Manager Christine – Christine reports that in collaboration with activities, we will be serving fresh corn on the cob during the month of August.  On at least one occasion, residents will have the opportunity to help with corn shucking.  As the saying goes, “On your mark get set go!”, and, “Many hands make light work!”
Maintenance Manager Reg -Reg reports that the weather continues to be very humid and warm and common area air conditioning is running at full capacity. It helps to keep the windows closed and drapes drawn with the cooling of the home.
Director of Nursing Jackie, Assistant Director of Nursing, Karla –They report that they continue to lend support to the Registered staff, PSW’s and all members connected to the home to ensure quality of care and services.
Recreation Manager Carol – She reports that this year the residents will participate in the BIG SQUEEZE fundraiser in support of the BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTER Association.  This event will occur on Wednesday August 28th.  As a means for friendly competition and fun, there will be prizes awarded for best lemonade stand or booth, and best tasting lemonade. This should be fun as well as a great conversation piece and project for the residents.  I think that the residents will have great discussions while working diligently and creatively on this project during the evening slot of variety time along with other Montessori type of activities.  The judges for the BIG SQUEEZE per their flyer will show up between 10-2.  We thank you in anticipation of your support for the Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Please remember to bring your toonies, loonies or change on this day. Receipts will be issued for larger donations.

A reminder to join us for our 50/60’s night 630ish on Wednesday August 21st!

*P.S Did you know you know?  M.P Lloyd Longfield presented us with a cake at our outdoor Canada Day strawberry social. *

LaPointe-Fisher Nursing Home - Pride In Caring

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