June 2019 Newsletter

June 2019 Newsletter

Hats off to our Seniors!. June is Seniors’ Month.  We would like to salute our seniors for all that they have done and/or experienced in their lives.  One of the events that deserves our recognition and heartfelt thanks is D-Day, June 6th, 1944.  It is hard to believe that it is the 75th anniversary of our troops landing on the beaches of Normandy.  Many sacrifices and loss of lives happened on this day which resulted in our freedom which we are so thankful.

As a means of continued thanks and honour, we will focus on supporting our seniors through varied activities in the month of June.  Through programming on a 1:1 basis, and with small and large groups, we hope to facilitate partnerships with an inter-generational appeal where our staff and visitors can learn and/or appreciate varied fun times in the lives of our residents.

Two fun spurred events in June include the entertainment for our dance and the birthday party which is provided by none other than seniors.  Their songs and music selections go a long way in lifting many hearts through the ages.

Summer kicks in June 21st and to get into the summer spirit, trips are planned for the last week in June with an outing to Betty’s garden and a fishing trip.  Both these outing locations are sure to bring forth a sense of calmness and serenity for all. If you are not physically well enough to attend the outings, the grounds of LaPointe-Fisher are nice too, and offer adventure as one can always go and check out the chickens located at the end of the parking lot.  By the way, weren’t the flowering tulips on our grounds spectacular this year?

Another event to be aware of is the garage sale on Saturday June 8th, 7:30-10:30 a.m. and the family council meeting on Friday June 14th at 10:30-11:30.  At one of our past garage sales, hosted in collaboration with the family council, we were able to purchase an IPAD for our residents.  Plans are to purchase another technology related gadget for the residents which they will benefit from. Thank you to all those who have and/or are planning to donate and/or support the garage sale.


“Families working together to provide support, share experiences and seek solutions to common problems.
This is a Family Council.”
Family councils strive to provide a safe forum for families to talk to one another and staff representatives. At the Family Council Meetings, family members can obtain information and mutual support, seek solutions to common concerns and establish meaningful lines of communication between families and staff.  The overarching goal is to enhance the quality of life for all residents. We encourage you to bring your ideas and potential solutions for how we can improve things for your family members living at LaPointe-Fisher to the meetings.
The LaPointe-Fisher Nursing Home Family Council meets a minimum of every 3 months and invites any family members of residents to attend.
Please Join us on Friday June 14th, at 10:30 a.m. in the activity kitchen which is in the basement/lower level.  If for some reason you cannot make the meeting but would like a copy of the Family Council minutes, please let us know.  Also, if you can’t make the meeting and have some suggestions and solutions for improvements, please send to Carol at carol@lapointefisher.ca before June 10th.
We value your partnership in looking after your loved ones and hope to see you there.


The reports from the Leadership Team:
Administrator Dahlia– Dahlia reports she continues to recruit talented staff to help with summer vacation coverage. She was thrilled with the amount of staff that completed their surge learning education modules and participated actively in the festivities during the Long Term care week in May. It was a success.
Director of Quality Improvement Shane – Shane extends a reminder to families that all smokers must be 9 meters from the building. There is absolutely no smoking permitted on any of the decks out front of the building. Visitors may only smoke in the backyard if they are accompanied by a resident.
Business Manager Kathy – Kathy reports The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care released the new accommodation rates that will come into effect July 1, 2019.  Please find the rate sheet included with this billing statement.  As a reminder, residents who currently reside in basic (ward) accommodations that currently have a rate reduction will need to complete a new application form as the current rate expires June 30, 2019.  If this pertains to your loved one, an application has been included with this mailing.  The completed application along with a copy of the 2018 Notice of Assessment should be returned to Kathy Godding no later than June 21, 2019.
Environmental Service Supervisor Cindy in charge of Laundry and Housekeeping
Cindy thanks everyone for switching out winter clothes for summer attire.  Please be sure that the new items get labelled, which also includes residents’ hats. If for some reason your loved one is missing clothes, please come have a look in the laundry room to identify them.
If you wish, you could bring a fan for your loved one if he/she is prone to the heat. Reminder to have Reg inspect it before use.
Food Service and Nutrition Manager Christine – Christine reports that the spring summer menus commenced on May 27th.  Starting in June and through the summer, the residents will have the opportunity to enjoy some of their lunch options outdoors weather permitting.
Maintenance Manager Reg -Reg reports that the shade canopies are up.  Enjoy.
Director of Nursing Jackie, Assistant Director of Nursing, Karla and Leanne Resident Care Co-ordinator– They are asking residents, staff, families, friends to wear purple on June 15th as it is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  The RNAO (Registered Nurses Association of Ontario) advocates for it and so do we.
They are also asking families, POAs to  please refrain from making phone calls during busy peek time periods.   The registered staff try to answer your phone calls promptly,however, during the time frame of 3 to 315pm, they are completing shift report which includes counting  narcotics.  If you could refrain from calling during that time period it would be appreciated. Thank you.
Recreation Manager Carol – She asks that if  you know of little ones that dance or anyone who has a talent, we would love to see you come out for the  Residents, Staff, Family Friends, Talent Night Monday June 24th at 7:00 p.m.  Please see the calendar for the full listing of events.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Happy Fathers Day and Happy Senior’s Month!

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