September 2019 Newsletter

 September 2019 Newsletter  

Here it is September and the children are now returning to school.  We do hope they enjoyed their summer as much as we did at LaPointe-Fisher. The month of August as far as activities was a real whirlwind of a month with many memorable moments.  We have taken some pictures of these exciting events that we wish to share with you in-house. Smiles and laughter can clearly be seen from our variety of events that included corn on the cob lunches, mini CNE and minute to win it escapades, the BIG SQUEEZE and of course Elvis along with classic cars. We especially thank all the families that attended the Elvis family night.  We could not have asked for a more perfect evening.

The reports from the Leadership Team:
Administrator Dahlia– Dahlia informs us that we received the public copy of our follow up inspection by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.  It will be reviewed at our resident and family council meetings. The Ministry of Health mandate is for all LTC homes in the province to reach very high standards which we continue to do.
Director of Quality Improvement Shane –Shane reports that we have a new television monitor installed in our front lobby compliments of our pharmacy provider Classic Care. This television is to provide information to residents, staff, families and visitors to the home. The recreation staff have taken more pictures than usual and will showcase some of their activity highlights on it.
Business Manager Kathy-Kathy has nothing to report other than if you if you have not stopped by the Business Office to sign off on the new hairdressing rates please do so at your earliest convenience. She reports the majority of family members have already done this.
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 the residents loved their very tasty sweet fresh corn on the cob in August and as a result the event per resident request will occur again the first week of September. The residents had fun shucking the corn and it was done in record time. Great work. Thank you.
Maintenance Manager Reg -Reg reports that he has been in contact with the Fire Prevention Office (FPO) where a tentative total evacuation drill is scheduled for September 26th at 10:30 am start.  This drill can be counted as our annual timed drill as well the fire chief will conduct our annual building fire inspection.  Staff and managers will evacuate all residents out of the building (excluding ill or bed ridden residents of course.) The FPO and Maintenance Manager will be creating a scenario for this drill and will be documenting response times and effectiveness of our procedures and if improvements can be made.   A debriefing at the completion of the drill will be given by the FPO.
Director of Nursing Jackie, Assistant Director of Nursing, Karla –Karla reports that it is approaching that time of year again – flu season. There will be a yellow form included in your September billing envelope containing information about the flu vaccination and anti-viral medication Tamiflu. Please indicate your consent or refusal on the form and return it to the home as soon as possible. If you have any questions please contact our Assistant Director of Nursing Karla Bianchi at 519-821-9030 ex. 242.
Jackie reports that she has hired some new Registered staff.  She would also like to thank all the nursing students that helped over the summer months.  She is pleased that some have decided to remain on our team through their school terms.
The Multi Gen dental service will also be in the building on Friday September 6th.
Recreation Manager Carol – As an update to the BIG SQUEEZE fundraiser in support of the BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTER Association held on Wednesday August 28th, we are pleased to announce that we won the competition for best lemonade stand or booth. Kudos to the residents and staff that worked on this project. The trophy will proudly be displayed in our home as a reminder of how creative we are here at LaPointe-Fisher.  It is always nice to support our community.

The next community event fundraiser that we are supporting is the Alzheimer Coffee Break day to be held on Friday September 20th.  All donations are greatly appreciated, donations of $20 or more will be eligible for a tax-deductible receipt.

Look in September for new spin class exercise groups provided by the Restorative team.


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 Thursday September 19th at 1030     in the basement activity kitchen   If you can’t make the meeting and have some suggestions and solutions for improvements you want sent in to the meeting – please send to Carol at We value your partnership in looking after your loved ones and hope to see you there


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