November 2018 Newsletter

  November 2018 Newsletter  

This month of November 2018 is a significant month as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. On Nov. 11, 1918, fighting in World War I came to an end following the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany that called for a ceasefire effective at 11 a.m.– it was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

We can be particularly proud of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a Guelphite.  He was born in Guelph on November 30, 1872. John McCrae began writing poetry while a student at the Guelph Collegiate Institute. As a young boy, he was also interested in the military. He joined the Highfield Cadet Corps at 14 and at 17 enlisted in the Militia field battery commanded by his father.

The day before he wrote his famous poem, one of McCrae’s closest friends was killed in the fighting and buried in a makeshift grave with a simple wooden cross. Wild poppies were already beginning to bloom between the crosses marking the many graves. Unable to help his friend or any of the others who had died, John McCrae gave them a voice through his poem. It was the second last poem he was to write.

On January 28, 1918, after an illness of five days, he died of pneumonia and meningitis. The day he fell ill, he learned he had been appointed consulting physician to the First British Army, the first Canadian so honoured.

As an added bit of information Recreation Manager will show slides of her recent trip to Scotland and Iceland on November 5th.  Interestingly enough she visited Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland, “Eilean Donan is the seat of Clan Macrae.” There is a plaque at the castle signifying Colonel John McCraes connection to this important family.

For our Remembrance Day Service -We are tuning into the live television broadcast from Ottawa to honour our veterans on November 11th.  We thank all who served during past wars and or contributed to the war efforts in one way or another.  We are thankful for the sacrifices that you made for us.

The reports from the Leadership Team:
Administrator Dahlia– Dahlia reminds residents and family to please bring concerns to the Registered Nurse first and if the problem cannot be fixed at that level then please see Karla.  If it cannot be remedied at the Nursing Managers level, then please come to the Administrators office. Thank you.
Director of Quality Improvement Shane –Shane reports that he continues to focus on quality improvement initiatives to make the home the best it can be.  Shane suggested a jersey day to be held Monday November 19th. For a loonie please wear your favourite jersey or sweater. The proceeds will go to the resident council.
Business Manager Kathy- She reports that when responding to the Christmas party please try to do it during business hours. If responding to the invite on a weekend please remind the charge nurse to relay your RSVP to the business manager as the master list is in the front office. Thanks.  As for the postal strike it is still a rolling strike. If you do have access to a computer and wish to receive your correspondence from the home via email please pass along your email address.
Environmental Service Supervisor Cindy in charge of Laundry and Housekeeping– Cindy would like to remind all to practice good hand hygiene, get a flu shot if you can, and not to visit if you are not feeling well.  If you are bringing in warmer new clothing, please remember to get it labelled.  If you are missing items please report it to charge nurse ASAP.  We invite you to also look in the laundry room.
Food Service and Nutrition Manager Christine –Christine reports that the Registered Dietitian is close to signing off on the new fall winter menus.  The expected date for them to go into production is November 5th.
Maintenance Manager Reg -Reg congratulates all staff for passing the timed Fire Drill with flying colours.  The Fire Prevention Officer was also on LaPointe-Fisher premises conducting fire extinguisher training. He reminds families and residents to please bring anything electrical to him so he can ensure that it is safe and up to code before it is put into circulation.
Director of Nursing Jackie along with Assistant Director of Nursing Karla – They report that they are still waiting for some of the POA’s to give consent so their resident family member or friend can receive their flu shot.  At the moment many of the staff are in the process of receiving their shots.  We strongly encourage visitors and family to get their shots to deter the chance of outbreaks in the home.
Recreation Manager Carol –Carol reports that she is looking forward to seeing you out at our special events.  For your interest you can also view the full activity calendar on the website.

**Christmas Bazaar Sunday November 18th 2-4**
**Annual Resident and Family Christmas Party **

Saturday December 1st
12 noon Christmas Turkey Dinner with all the Trimmings

Followed by Entertainment on both the 1st and the 2nd Floor Dining Rooms
The Resident Melody Chimers will perform on this day &  Santa makes an appearance
Please  RSVP to allow the event   to run smoothly.

cost $10.00 per person maximum 2 guests, residents no charge

For those that may be interested in Christmas shopping early, Silverts specializes in adaptive clothing.  You can call them at 1-800-387-7088 or visit their website.                                                                                                                                               


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