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St. Joseph’s Villa is the recipient of a Union Gas Community Improvement Grant!

Media Release – September 2017

From left to right:  Vince Rodrigue, Union Gas Representative, Angie Gilchrist, Programs Coordinator, Melanie Kanerva, St. Joseph’s Foundation Chair, Roger Leveille, Site Administrator, Michele Roy, Union Gas Representative

From left to right:  Ray Thoms, Vince Rodrigue, Union Gas Representative, Angie Gilchrist, Programs Coordinator, St. Joseph’s Villa

On August 22, 2017 St. Joseph’s Villa had two special visitors bearing a very generous gift for the Garden Way neighborhood.  Representatives from Union Gas, Vince Rodrigue and Michele Roy provided a cheque in the amount of $1000.00 as part of the companies’ Community Improvement Grant.  The initiative helps to strengthen communities by donating to local projects accompanied by a volunteer component fulfilled by Union Gas employees.

The money was donated to the Life Enrichment Department who in turn used the donation to fund “Memory Lane” a collection of over 20 nostalgic pictures of Sudbury and surrounding areas that were hung in the neighborhood that is home to residents living with dementia.  Ray Thoms, a community historian also came on board for the project and provided the refinished pictures of Sudbury.

The collection has provided the residents of Garden Way with a more meaningful walk throughout their day as well as opportunity to reminiscence on days gone by.  Our gratitude is extended to both Union Gas and Mr. Ray Thoms for making this project a meaningful addition to the daily experience of our residents.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury earns National Recognition with the “Gentle Persuasion Approaches Leadership Excellence Person-Centred Care” with Distinction Award

Media Release  – September 2017

Left to right:  Jennifer Gosselin, Social Worker, Yolande Labbe, resident and Hilary Grieve, Recreation Therapist

St Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury was recently honoured with the “GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care” Award and was one of only 4 organizations in Canada to earn the award “with distinction” by the Advanced Gerontological Education Centre. The ‘GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care’ Awards Recognition Program was developed to acknowledge the continuing commitment of organizations who implement Gentle Persuasive Approaches in the dementia care setting.

The award is given in recognition of extraordinary commitment to the integration of Gentle Persuasive Approaches into organizational policy and processes. St Joseph’s Health Centre has committed to ensuring that every staff member in the organization is given the opportunity to be trained in GPA to ensure that all residents and patients are offered person centred care.

To implement this commitment, the organization has had multiple staff trained as GPA coaches who not only train staff but also act as mentors at the front line and has assigned a GPA Lead role to ensure that training sessions are completed on a monthly (or more) basis. Furthermore, in congruence with GPA philosophy, the organization has also committed to completing a PIECES of my Personhood assessment as residents are admitted. This information is used to understand each resident as a person first, and the information is used to assist staff to understand underlying needs that are causing responsive behaviours. The information collected is used to create a beautiful personalized poster that is placed in the resident’s room with consent which allows all staff members and volunteers get to know our residents, particularly those with dementia, as people first.

https://www.ageinc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Awarded_St.JosephsHealthCentre_GPA-Leadership-Excellence-in-Person-Centred-Care_with-distinction.pdf