- September 28, 2018
- Posted by: LaPointe Fisher
- Category: News
June is a special month as it is Seniors’ month, and here at the home, we will honour and salute our seniors. Our seniors are very adaptable, and possess personal traits that will be highlighted via a certificate of achievement at the end of the month. Our seniors have lived through trying times with wars and the depression, and have seen massive changes in the world with the motor vehicle and the telephone to name a few. Some may remember the rotary dial phone and the good old Bell party lines. Now approximately 60 years later, we have cell phones, IPADs, apps, the internet, an explosion of technology. It is a whole new way of communicating. Our residents throughout the month of June and ongoing will have heightened opportunities to explore and experience technology at its finest with the support of young 20 and 30 year old recreation staff, resident assistants, and St. John’s Ambulance volunteers that were sent from the LHIN (Local Health Integration Network) for added support to our residents and staff.
The reports from the Leadership Team:
Administrator Dahlia– She reports that it was wonderful to have connected with so many family members in going over our pandemic plan and other information via a zoom call on May 21st. Our managers have exciting news to share with you as follow up to the call.
Director of Quality Improvement Shane– He reports that he continues to be busy assisting in the day to day operation of the home and engaging with community partners to keep up with changing directives. As mentioned in the zoom call, one can access any updates of the home by going to the news section on our website or alternately by viewing this newsletter as well as any other papers that has been sent directly to you.
Families have been asking if it is possible to have outdoor visits with their loved ones where for example the resident can be on one side of the fence and the family on the other side of the fence? We hope so! We are currently awaiting clearance from our regulatory bodies and planning how this can be safely accomplished. The website will be updated once available.
Director of Nursing Karla – Karla reports Public health and a team of infection control specialists were very pleased with our infection control practices that we have in place. They reported that we are very well prepared. Our mantra of course, still stands that we will remain covid free. Universal testing was completed May 8th and results continue to come in. Thus far all received results are negative. There has been talk about this testing being completed on a monthly basis. Will keep you updated as to the developments.
With it being seniors’ month and as things in the community are slowly starting to open up, together with our sister homes starting in June we will be accepting both essential and non essential items during business hours from 830-4:30 Monday to Friday. Depending on the item it may be wiped down right away and then handed to the resident or kept for a 72 hour period then passed along.
Business Manager Kathy – Kathy reports that any resident, who currently resides in basic (ward) accommodation that has previously received a government subsidy, must complete a new rate reduction application as the current rate expires on June 30, 2020. Understanding that the federal tax filing deadline has been extended to June 1st, 2020 from April 30, 2020 there may be circumstances where a resident has been unable to obtain the 2019 Notice of Assessment by June 30, 2020. If this is the case, please speak to Kathy when she reaches out to you to arrange the renewal application.
Environmental Service Supervisor Cindy– Cindy reports that practicing good infection control practices with sanitizing and cleaning remains to be the number one priority. With the hot weather arriving families are encouraged to drop of lighter weight clothing, hats, for their loved one only if there is not already items of such in their closet.
Food Service and Nutrition Manager Christine – Christine reports that the registered dietitian has signed off on the spring summer menus as well as members of the resident council. The spring summer menus will come into effect on Monday June 8th.
Maintenance Manager Reg- Reg reports that the awnings are up on the decks to provide residents with some shade.
Resident Care Plan Co-ordinator Leanne- She reports that in June the physical based programs of bicycle pedaling, Zumba and yoga will be reviewed for possible four people in a group with proper physical distancing rather than it being done on a 1-1 basis.
Recreation Manager Carol –She reports that her staff continue to do a wonderful job of keeping the residents in good spirits, mainly on a 1-1 basis through what is planned on the activity calendar as well as impromptu activities and interactions. Highlights in May included the ice cream sundaes for mother’s day, and having fun with the Cinco de Mayo event as some staff sported a fake mustache on their face mask, (anything goes to make the residents smile) some residents also had their photo taken wearing a sombrero, a healthy snack of guacamole and virgin margherita was also provided, while others had a picture taken with a china tea cup for Victoria Day. Quite a few residents enjoyed fresh air and sunshine out on the deck or backyard, some had closed door patio visits and many phone calls were facilitated to or from family members. If you haven’t spoken on the phone or seen your loved one in person for a while please reach out to the activation team as they are more than happy to help out. They can also arrange for the social worker to put a call out to you. As an added note we are asking our residents to have their ears and eyes open wide as there may be some extra special surprises for them in June.
Looking for further support please see family councils of Ontario website www.fco.ngo, Alzheimer Society Guelph Wellington, and Public Health also have useful information.
**Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Happy Father’s Day & Happy Seniors’ Month**