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Cycling without Age at Villa St Gabriel Villa

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!

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre 10 Year Anniversary

SJCCC 10 year Anniversary
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.

2019-08-28T22:01:28-05:00June 2nd, 2019|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s CCC News|

2019 Hand Hygiene at VSGV

VSGV Staff and Residents celebrate Hand Hygiene Day

The evidence based Just Clean Your Hands program, launched by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in 2008 which was developed to help reduce health care-associated infections, has become a friendly competition between St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa staff over the past years.
Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all staff for “Just Cleaning Your Hands!” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming more difficult, if not impossible, to treat. “Over the past years, our organizations have implemented strategies to increase our hand hygiene compliance rates. The data demonstrates that our strategies have and continue to be very successful” stated Ms. Palkovits.

2019 Hand Hygiene at SJV

St Joseph’s Villa Staff, Volunteers and Residents Celebrate Hand Hygiene Day

The evidence based Just Clean Your Hands program, launched by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in 2008 which was developed to help reduce health care-associated infections, has become a friendly competition between St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa staff over the past years.
Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all staff for “Just Cleaning Your Hands!” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming more difficult, if not impossible, to treat. “Over the past years, our organizations have implemented strategies to increase our hand hygiene compliance rates. The data demonstrates that our strategies have and continue to be very successful” stated Ms. Palkovits.

2019 Hand Hygiene – SJCCC

SJCCC Staff Celebrate Hand Hygiene Day

The evidence based Just Clean Your Hands program, launched by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in 2008 which was developed to help reduce health care-associated infections, has become a friendly competition between St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa staff over the past years.
Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all staff for “Just Cleaning Your Hands!” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming more difficult, if not impossible, to treat. “Over the past years, our organizations have implemented strategies to increase our hand hygiene compliance rates. The data demonstrates that our strategies have and continue to be very successful” stated Ms. Palkovits.
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2019-08-31T15:09:34-05:00May 31st, 2019|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s CCC News|

National Volunteers Week

Villa St Gabriel Villa Volunteers

In honour of National Volunteer Week, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and its affiliate sites, St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa celebrated their many volunteers at a special event held at the Caruso Club. This year’s national theme was “The Volunteer Factor – Lifting Communities”. St. Joseph’s Health Centre and its affiliates are value-based organizations that promote service, integrity, dignity and excellence. Our volunteers demonstrate these values when working with our residents, patients, family members and staff. Because of their involvement, they allow us to be a more effective workplace and home to many. Thank you for being a valued and integral part of our community!

National Volunteer Week

Volunteers from the South Bay Campus

In honour of National Volunteer Week, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and its affiliate sites, St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa celebrated their many volunteers at a special event held at the Caruso Club. This year’s national theme was “The Volunteer Factor – Lifting Communities”. St. Joseph’s Health Centre and its affiliates are value-based organizations that promote service, integrity, dignity and excellence. Our volunteers demonstrate these values when working with our residents, patients, family members and staff. Because of their involvement, they allow us to be a more effective workplace and home to many. Thank you for being a valued and integral part of our community!

2019 Volunteer Week at Villa St Gabriel Villa

From left to right: [photo) Claire Vincent-Viau Volunteer Coordinator, Gisele Henri, Rejeanne Fredette, Dianne Falcioni Volunteers,
Alanna Lahay Program Manager Volunteer Sudbury, Ray Ingriselli Site Administrator.

To celebrate National Volunteer week from April 7 to 73,2019, Volunteer Sudbury presented a Twiggs coffee and cookie treat along with a certificates of appreciation to Volunteers at Villa St. Gabriel Villa in Chelmsford.

Mr. Maurice Bourdon: Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient for St. Joseph’s Villa

Maurice Bourdon_OLTCA winner Decemebr 2018
Mr. Maurice Bourdon with Site Administrator Roger Leveille

Each year the Ontario Long Term Care Association awards a lifetime achievement award to a member at each of its homes.  The award is bestowed on an individual who has made remarkable accomplishments and outstanding contributions to society, their community and/or their long-term care home.  Congratulations to Maurice Bourdon on being selected St. Joseph’s Villa’s recipient.

Mr. Bourdon, although he would tell you otherwise, has contributed to improving life for all residents who call St. Joseph’s Villa home.   Mr. Bourdon sits on the Recreation Committee, a committee that raises funds and steers facility recreation programs. This past year Maurice has accepted the role of Resident Council Chair.  He has had great suggestions and his council and leadership skills are evident as he is able to guide a wide variety of resident discussions.  He is very passionate about bettering the rights of residents who require long-term care.

Besides the good work Mr. Bourdon has started at St. Joseph’s Villa since his admission in 2017, Mr. Bourdon had previously worked as a high school teacher, shaping the minds and impressions of thousands of students throughout his career.  He was nominated by two of his previous students for being an outstanding teacher when he was teaching at Timmins High and Vocation school.  He also received an award for Member of the Year for his contribution to the Timmins Alzheimer’s Society.

Thank you Mr. Bourdon for all that you do to improve the processes and quality of life for those living at St. Joseph’s Villa.  Congratulations Maurice on this achievement.

2019-01-03T15:04:27-05:00December 16th, 2018|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s Villa News|