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Researcher looking at how plant therapy improves lives at St. Gabriel Villa

Sudbury.com article – February 1, 2017

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University of Guelph graduate student Karen Shlemkevich is pictured here with a coleus plant destined for her green wall. Photo courtesy of Karen Shlemkevich.

Karen Shlemkevich’s beloved Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t in this Sunday’s Super Bowl, having been thoroughly trounced in divisional finals by perennial favourites, the New England Patriots.

But for Shlemkevich, a hardcore football fan and graduate student in the University of Guelph’s School of Landscape Architecture, that may be a blessing in disguise.

It turns out she’ll be busy that night.

Planting flowers.

In a long-term care facility.

Near Sudbury.

It’s an unusual way for a football fanatic like Shlemkevich to spend Super Bowl Sunday. But she hopes it’s the start of something game changing, for long-term care residents everywhere.

Karen Shlemkevich and coleus plantUniversity of Guelph graduate student Karen Shlemkevich is pictured here with a coleus plant destined for her green wall. Photo courtesy of Karen Shlemkevich.

Shlemkevich and her academic supervisor, Prof. Nathan Perkins, are trying to understand if the presence of nature — plants, flowers and other greenery — can positively influence the eating habits and dining experience of residents in long-term care facilities.

Their research locale is St. Gabriel’s Villa, a 140-resident facility in Chelmsford. Some of the residents experience the same problems as those in other such facilities; that is, depression and poor nutrition.

Depression happens as a result of changes in body chemistry, isolation, medication and loss of friends and family, among other things.

When it occurs, appetite inevitably fall offs. And when residents don’t eat, they end up malnourished, despite the best efforts of staff.

The atmosphere in dining halls compound the problem. Residents see them as busier, noisier and less welcoming than their own homes. Such factors may result in residents eating faster and poorly, just to get back to their rooms. Or they may shun the dining hall altogether, and miss important social interactions that come with dining together.

Shlemkevich has seen these situations up close. Before entering graduate school, she worked for 10 years as a long-term care staffer. At St. Gabriel’s, she was a life enrichment assistant. She developed and ran activities for residents to encourage social interaction, physical activity and cognitive stimulation, including a horticulture therapy program, getting residents involved in planting and maintaining greenery.

For this research, Perkins is the ideal teammate. He’s worked on outdoor landscape design projects with several long-term care facilities, to promote a more welcoming and positive experience for residents. As well, he’s helped create calming indoor environments in psychiatric hospitals on three continents, and in places such as casinos, to counter overstimulation.

Together, he and Shlemkevich have the bases covered.

Now, their project is going from planning and approvals, to practice. For the past six months, Shlemkevich has been raising nearly 100 plants — ivy, coleus and spiderwort — in a makeshift greenhouse and spare bedroom in her house in Sudbury.

On Sunday, after dinner when residents return to their rooms, she’ll haul the plants into one of St. Gabriel’s dining halls, and incorporate them into what’s called a green wall.

This particular wall model is a free-standing, two-part structure on casters, about eight feet wide and five-and-a-half feet tall. It has pockets to hold the plants, where they can be watered and tended to. The wall will be a central and obvious feature in the dining hall.

For the next six weeks, Shlemkevich will work with St. Gabriel’s staff to monitor the food intake of 34 residents who normally eat in the particular hall. She’ll collect two meal’s worth of data for two weeks. Then she’ll compare consumption over that period to the two weeks before the green wall was introduced, and for two weeks after it’s removed.

She and Perkins are optimistic about the greenery project’s success.

“Nursing home residents typically don’t eat enough,” says Shlemkevich. “We hope this helps.”

2017-02-03T09:48:41+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|

St. Joseph’s Foundation 2016 Gala – $100,000 raised!

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From left to right (back):  Roger Leveillé, Site Administrator, St. Joseph’s Villa, Melanie Kanerva, Chair, St. Joseph’s Foundation, Jeanne Warwick-Conroy, Past Chair, St. Joseph’s Foundation, Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator, St. Joseph’s Villa

(front):  Fred Labelle, Harriet Dempsey and Nancy Murray, residents at St. Joseph’s Villa

January 19, 2017 -Melanie Kanerva, Chair of St. Joseph’s Foundation and Jeanne Warwick-Conroy, Past Chair and Co-Chairs of the 2016 St. Joseph’s Gala present a cheque in the amount of $100,000 to Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator and Roger Leveillé, Site Administrator of St. Joseph’s Villa.  The funds raised will be placed towards the purchase of new furnishings for St. Joseph’s Villa.

St. Joseph’s Foundation hosted their Annual Gala dinner and dance on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Caruso Club in Sudbury.  The gala event was attended by over three hundred guests who indulged in wonderful food, and were treated to live music to dance the night away!    The elegant event created memories of an enchanting evening spent in the spirit of giving.

“Due to the generosity of the many sponsors, donors and attendees, this year’s event raised $100,000 which will go toward the purchase of new furnishings for St. Joseph’s Villa” noted Melanie Kanerva, St. Joseph’s Foundation Chair. “Our gratitude is sincerely extended to all those who gave of their time and money.”

St. Joseph’s Villa is a 128-beds long-term care home located on South Bay Road which opened in 2003 and has been home to hundreds of residents over the past 13 years.  “The current furnishings are worn and need to be replaced.  New furnishings will certainly enhance the home-like environment and ensure the safety of our residents” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator.

The Co-Chairs would like to thank everyone for their kind contributions and for spending an evening with them!  They look forward to seeing you at the next gala taking place on October 21, 2017!

St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury is a registered charity that promotes the good works of the Sisters of St. Joseph.  As a faith based non-profit Foundation, it provides services and programs that are not covered by government funding or operational revenues for St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  Donations can be made by going to the website https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/st-josephs-foundation-of-sudbury/ .

 

Hyndman family donates funds to St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre to help others on their rehabilitation journey!

November 2016

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From left to right:  William (Ted) Ted Hyndman, Mikale Robitaille, Physiotherapist, Alison Young, Rehabilitation Assistant , Kari Gervais, VP Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Lynne Scarsellone, Director of Care

Mr. William (Ted) Hyndman’s family donated $7,000 to St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre which was placed towards the purchase of a recumbent cross trainer. The NuStep provides safe and effective exercise for individuals of all fitness and ability levels and is a very welcomed addition to our rehabilitation program.

2016-11-23T13:29:33+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s CCC News|

St. Joseph’s Health Centre’s Social Committee celebrates Halloween at St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa

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(Sudbury) October 31, 2016 – The Halloween spirit was alive and well at St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa as social committee members delivered over 1000 candy grams to residents, patients, staff and volunteers.

 

Idylwylde Golf & Country Club – Men’s Invitational donates to St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury

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From left to right:  Robbie Coe, Melanie Kanerva, Chair St. Joseph’s Foundation and Dale Dubreuil

Robbie Coe, Tournament Chair, Idylwylde Golf and Country Club Men’s Invitational 2016 and Dale Dubreuil, Scotia Wealth Management, Presenting Sponsor present a cheque in the amount of $2,000 to Melanie Kanerva, Chair, St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury.

Funds raised by the St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury help support St. Joseph’s Health Centre; a non-profit organization that provides services for some of the most vulnerable citizens within the Greater Sudbury Community.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre oversees the operation of the Village of Care Campus located on South Bay Road which includes St. Joseph’s Villa, a 128-bed longterm care home and room with potential growth. In addition, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, a 64-bed complex continuing care hospital, is co-located on this site.  St. Joseph’s Health Centre also operates Villa St. Gabriel Villa, a 128-bed long-term care home located in Chelmsford, Ontario.

2016-10-14T10:58:09+00:00 October 14th, 2016|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s Foundation News|

St. Joseph’s Villa – Recipient of the Dr. Edward J. Conroy Community Leadership Award 2016

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left to right:  Dr. Kevin McCormick, President and Vice-Chancellor, Huntington University, Linda Wilson, Board Chair, St. Joseph’s Villa, Kari Gervais, VP Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, Roger Leveille, Site Administrator, St. Joseph’s Villa , Dr. Edward J. Conroy, Chancellor Emeritus, Huntington University

Overview

September 29, 2016 – Huntington University is proud to host the 2nd annual Dr. Edward J. Conroy Distinguished Lecture Series and Community Leadership Awards.  This prestigious event and awards program celebrates local residents and groups who demonstrate true leadership through community action.

Dr. Edward J. Conroy is a well-respected criminal and civil litigation lawyer and partner in the firm Conroy Trebb Scott Hurtubise LLP.  He is also past president of the Sudbury Law Association.

Dr. Conroy is one of the founders of Huntington University and served as a member of the Board of Regents prior to his appointment as the university’s third Chancellor.  In 1995 Huntington presented him with an Honourary Doctorate of Sacred Letters, and most recently he was named Chancellor Emeritus.

In May 2015, Huntington University celebrated the launch of the Dr. Edward J. Conroy Distinguished Lecture Series and Community Leadership Awards, established in recognition of Dr. Conroy’s outstanding leadership in the community and dedication to our university.  He continues to be a strong supporter of many community events and causes.

St. Joseph’s Villa

St. Joseph’s Villa is a long-term care home that opened its doors on December 1st, 2003 to 128 residents.  St. Joseph’s Villa is a Centre of Excellence in Aging and Wellness in Northeastern Ontario.  The facility was built with four 32 bed resident home areas, which reflect through design, a comfortable, familiar and home-like environment.

As a long term care facility, it provides 24 hour nursing care, support for activities of daily living, life enrichment services including physical activities, therapy services, meal services and accommodations.

Opportunities exist for student placements from local educational institutions as well as volunteer positions for all ages. St. Joseph’s Villa has working partnerships with Sudbury’s post-secondary institutions, including Huntington University, and provides opportunities for student placements and research guided projects.

Guided by its core values of service, integrity, dignity and excellence, their approach to holistic care respects the unique needs of each resident and fosters the spiritual, physical and emotional well-being of residents, families / friends, staff and volunteers.

2016-10-13T08:44:55+00:00 October 4th, 2016|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s Villa News|

Villa St. Gabriel Villa officially unveils its healing gardens

(Chelmsford, Ontario)  On September 12, 2016, Villa St. Gabriel Villa held the official unveiling of their newly completed healing gardens – one at each side of the Villa in addition to a meadow and trees which beautifies the entire facility.  The healing gardens will promote activities, encourage interaction, and will promote enhanced well-being for our residents, family members, friends and staff at Villa St. Gabriel Villa.

The project was made possible through several fundraising efforts.  First, St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury raised funds for this much needed initiative via its annual gala, dinner and dance fundraiser held on October 24, 2015.  Through the generosity of sponsors, donors and attendees the gala committee raised approximately $68,000.

“The Foundation board members and I are truly proud to be associated with Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  The Foundation’s mission is to fund care initiatives not traditionally supported through government operating dollars that enhance the delivery of care: body, mind and spirit to residents and their families” stated Melanie Kanerva, St. Joseph’s Foundation Chair.

In addition, in December 2013, the Sabourin family established the Fonds commémoratif Monique Landry-Sabourin Memorial Fund to celebrate Monique’s tireless commitment – from the vision to the construction and opening of Villa St. Gabriel Villa, on land generously donated by Gabriel Bélanger.  Since its launch in December 2013, the fund has raised over $50,000.

Monique Landry-Sabourin, who was a member of the Board of St. Joseph’s Health Centre from 2002 to 2011 and Chair from 2005 to 2007, played an integral role in seeing Villa St. Gabriel Villa come to fruition. Part of our Board’s mandate is to identify and, where feasible, meet the unmet needs in the community.  And, that is exactly what Mme. Landry-Sabourin and  Board members did  … they identified the need for a long-term care home in Chelmsford.  Monique, who was instrumental in negotiating the land deal, met with Gabriel Bélanger and brought forth the proposal to build in Chelmsford.  In 2009, Gabriel and Laura Bélanger graciously donated this land to St. Joseph’s Health Centre. As a result, Villa St. Gabriel Villa was built and opened its doors in March 2011 to 128 residents.

Moreover, the Bélanger family have also been long-standing and dedicated supporters of Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  In addition to the donation of the land on which the Villa is built, Madame Laura Bélanger and her family established the Gabriel and Laura Bélanger fund in September 2015 to support initiatives at the Villa. Laura Bélanger started the Fund with a donation of $50,000.

The dollars raised through the he Fonds commémoratif Monique Landry-Sabourin Memorial Fund and the Gabriel and Laura Bélanger fund were also placed toward this beautiful and worthwile project.

“We are tremendously proud to be able to celebrate this occasion with you – in these beautiful surroundings.. these beautiful gardens were made possible because of the collective generosity of the St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury, the Blanger Family, and the Sabourin Family”  stated Linda Wilson, Board Chair. “We are truly grateful”.

The healing gardens feature wheelchair accessible paths, raised planting beds, a gazebo, meadows and beautiful sitting areas for all to enjoy.  The healing gardens will serve as an exterior area for rehabilitation and recreational use.

 

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Left to right:  Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator, Laura Bélanger, Pascal Sabourin, Linda Wilson, Board Chair and Melanie Kanerva, Chair, St. Joseph’s Foundation

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Left to right:  Linda Wilson, Board Chair, Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator, Pascal Sabourin, Laura Bélanger, Melanie Kanerva, Chair, St. Joseph’s Foundation, Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator, Michael Heapey, Chair, Villa St. Gabriel Resident Council

*The group is shown placing ladybugs in the healing garden signifying safety and protection to oversee the residents and staff.

Make a Wish Program Recipient at Villa St. Gabriel Villa

August 2016

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At Villa St. Gabriel Villa, Ray Marcotte’s wish came true thanks to the generosity of a Chelmsford car dealership.  Ray’s wish to go for a car ride to get ice-cream with the windows rolled down listening to tunes became a reality on Wednesday August 17th.  Ray got much more than what he had asked for thanks to Josée Belanger-Leroux and Belanger Ford.  Not only were the windows rolled down, the roof was rolled back as well for Ray’s ride in a 2016 ford convertible mustang, courtesy of Belanger Ford.   As a young man who grew up blind, Ray’s family members would often take him out for ice-cream, with Ray fondly remembering the wind blowing against his face during the ride listening to his favorite country music.  Joining Ray on his special day was his brother-in-law, his primary care giver Nicole Young as well as Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator of Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  The group went for a ride to Lively, then back to Chelmsford Dairy Queen where the staff assisted to make Ray’s special treat.  The residents and staff of Villa St. Gabriel Villa also gathered to send Ray off.

2016-10-13T08:44:55+00:00 August 25th, 2016|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|

Make a Wish Program Recipient at St. Joseph’s Villa

August 2016

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August 9th was a special day for St. Joseph’s Villa resident Albert Lamirande.  It is the day his wish came true through St. Joseph’s Health Centres’ Make a Wish Program.  In July it was announced that Albert’s wish of spending the afternoon in downtown Sudbury and ending the evening with a nice dinner had been chosen as this years’ winning wish.  The Make a Wish Program was introduced at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in 2015 in an effort to enrich the lives of residents and patients by providing opportunity for unique and meaningful life experiences or a new opportunity.  Albert’s wish held significance in that as a younger man he spent a lot of time downtown and he had wanted to see how much it had changed over the years.  Albert visited a number of different downtown locations throughout the afternoon including the Rainbow Centre, splash pad, took in a movie and ended the evening with a steak dinner at the Keg with St. Joseph’s Villa Staff Allanah O’Brien and his niece and nephew.  Earlier in the day a special lunch was also provided to Albert and his primary care giver Jessica Peerla.  Mr. Lamirande was totally thrilled and sated at the end of the day.

2016-10-13T08:44:55+00:00 August 25th, 2016|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s Villa News|