Residents celebrate the first day of summer with a leisurely bike ride
What a better way to celebrate the first day of summer than to go for a leisurely bike ride! Thanks to the 2018 Chip in for Charity golf tournament sponsored by Schuster Boyd McDonald and the planning efforts of the Life Enrichment Department, eight lucky residents of St. Gabriel Villa were able to “feel the wind through their hair” as St. Joseph’s Health Centre launched the Cycling Without Age Program on June 21st in Chelmsford. Cycling Without Age is a movement that started in 2012 by Ole Kassow in Denmark. Mr. Kassow wanted to help the elderly get back on their bicycles, but first had to find a solution to their limited mobility. The answer was a trishaw bike and with his first bicycle purchase he was able to start offering free bike rides to the local nursing home residents in Copenhagen. Since that time the program has expanded into over forty countries worldwide. Villa St. Gabriel Villa and St. Joseph’s Villa are the first long-term care facilities in Sudbury to offer this unique program with the plan to extend the program to St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre.
Cycling Without Age promotes accessibility and overcoming barriers; reconnecting residents and patients with nature and their communities. The program also provides opportunity to develop new intergenerational friendships between drivers (referred to as “pilots”) and the passengers. Families will also have the opportunity to ride with their loved one as the program progresses.
Villa St. Gabriel Villa as well as St. Joseph’s Villa received a grant from Canada Summer Jobs to hire a summer student to drive the bike in its first year. Other Cycling Without Age chapters depend on volunteer drivers to sustain the program. Both Villas will be looking to develop this unique volunteer role in the years to come. All interested parties are encouraged to speak to any member of the Life Enrichment Department to express interest in becoming a pilot.
The community of Chelmsford warmly welcomed their new bike riders with an abundance of friendly hand waves and horn honks from passing motorists. It was truly a day to remember and reinforced that life unfolds at all ages and that it is never too late to pursue a new adventure!
Left to right (Back): Bishop Marcel Damphousse, Jamie West, MPP, Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO, Paul
Marleau, SJCCC Board Chair, France Gélinas, MPP Nickel Belt
Left to right (Front): Sr. Bonnie Chesser, Shirley Newell, former patient, Nancy McDow
St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre Celebrates 10 Years of Caring…Beyond the Moment!
(Sudbury) –May 31, 2019
St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre of Sudbury (SJCCC) celebrated its 10th year anniversary on May 31, 2019. In honour of this momentous occasion, dignitaries, patients, family members, staff and volunteers attended a special celebratory event held today.
His Excellency Most Reverend Marcel Damphousse of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie provided a special blessing in recognition of St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre’s 10th anniversary. A host of dignitaries and special guests including: Frances Gélinas, MPP for Nickel Belt, Jamie West, MPP Sudbury and Paul Marleau, Chair, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre along with current and former Board members, community partners and supporters were present.
Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO took the opportunity to thank those in attendance and provided the history of how the SJCCC came to be. In speaking to the future she indicated that “we are growing St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre. With the support and collaboration from Health Sciences North (HSN), we will be submitting a capital planning proposal to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in June to allow for a 72 bed expansion. The most recent data shows that 24% of the patients at HSN who are designated Alternate Level of Care or ALC are waiting for rehab at the SJCCC. In addition, there are people waiting for rehab in the community and in our neighbouring hospitals. These new beds are desperately needed by our local health care system to ensure residents of the City of Greater Sudbury are able to return to independent living in the community and avoid admission to our acute hospital HSN.”
Since its opening on June 1, 2009, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre has had many milestones and highlights.
Paul Marleau, Chair of St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre Board of Directors stated, “We are tremendously proud to be able to celebrate SJCCC’s 10th anniversary with you. Ten years ago, the much anticipated opening of this new 64-bed state of the art complex continuing care facility became a reality. Since that time, over 3000 patients have transitioned through these hospital doors. The majority of individuals are those who otherwise would most likely have continued to stay at Health Sciences North but who are now in a more appropriate setting including either at home, retirement living or long-term care.