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The Life Enrichment Departments of St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel’s Villa have officially moved into the 21st century!

(Sudbury) March 14, 2016

In March, four Apple I-Pads were introduced into recreational programming at each site to augment the existing cognitive, physical and emotional programming.  Residents are not only learning about the internet and the new world of “tablets” they are also taking advantage of the multitude of educational and intellectual “apps” available that promotes brain health and emotional well-being.

“The Life Enrichment Department has always provided a wide variety of social and physical activities designed to entertain residents, maintain social skills as well as improve the physical health and functional abilities of those admitted to long-term care.” stated Ms. Palkovits, Administrator of St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa.       Introducing the I-Pads has allowed residents to take advantage of the ease of current technology and enabled recreation staff to focus on increasing cognitive programming beyond crossword puzzles, word finds and bingo.  Residents now have access to math and spelling applications, memory and recall games, both visual and audio.  Sensory applications and specialized trivia games for residents with dementia such as “Best Guess” created by DementiAbility are also available and in use.   Besides the numerous cognitive applications available, physical apps such as chair yoga and Tai chi for seniors are also accessible if a resident wanted to complete an individual routine outside of a large group program.  Along with the I-Pod program, the I-Pads are similarly used for personalized music programs, providing residents with personalized playlists of their favorite music that offers a visual component as well.

The portability of the I-Pads has enabled Life Enrichment staff to not only increase bedside programs for residents who do not enjoy attending group programs, but more importantly, improve their quality of life with so many unique apps that can appeal to each resident’s distinct interests and past hobbies. The Villas are grateful to family members who made donations in order for this program to happen.


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2016-10-13T08:44:59+00:00 March 14th, 2016|St. Joseph’s Villa News, Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|

Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie Awards for Excellence (SJV)

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie Award for Excellence is a very prestigious award in that it is a Legacy Award building on the history of the good works of the Sisters in Sudbury who founded the Sudbury General Hospital of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1950.  This work continues in our ability to live out our Mission and how we respond to the needs of our residents, patients, volunteers, visitors and staff at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa.

St. Joseph’s Villa Recipients 2015-16

Karla Newcombe, PCA

Melanie Seguin, RN

Dawson Steen, LEA

Louise Quenville, EAS



from  left to right:  Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator, Karla Newcombe, Melanie Seguin, Dawson Steen and Louise Quenville
2017-11-04T11:42:07+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|St. Joseph’s Villa News|

St. Joseph’s Villa has a successful accreditation visit!

Two CARF International surveyors visited St. Joseph’s Villa on October 29 and 30, 2015.  The purpose of their visit was to observe us in action, review our documentation and conduct interviews with our staff members, patient, families and partners.  In doing these things, our surveyors were able to evaluate how well we meet specific standards for quality, resident-centred care, governance and administrative practices.

St. Joseph’s Villa chose to continue along the accreditation journey because doing so demonstrates that we are continually working to improve the quality of our programs and services and are committed to the satisfaction of the residents we serve.

Thanks to all your hard work, the surveyors gave us top marks for having:

  • a total focus on resident centeredness with a family-like environment
  • an exemplary quality framework and process
  • strong volunteer and infection control programs
  • excellent staff at all levels with a strong team approach and a positive energy exuded by all staff.

Now that the accreditation visit is over, CARF International will review the findings to make an accreditation decision.  They will notify us of their decision by sending us a written report in early January. The written report, in addition to the decision, will highlight our strengths and identify areas for improvement.

Once the report is received, we will share the results with staff, residents, families, partners and the community at large.

Thank you and congratulations on a successful accreditation visit!

Jo-Anne Palkovits

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2016-10-13T08:45:02+00:00 November 2nd, 2015|St. Joseph’s Villa News|

2015 Dragon Boat Team

2015 Dragon Boat Team

Standing:  Theresa Paquette, Angie Brunet, Julie Giroux, Julie Hood, Lindsey Lebeau, Dan Butler, Angele Jeanveau, Donna Lee Crowe, Desneiges Kidd, Mathieu Lapointe, Rebecca Simon, Karina Kasha, Whitney Andrews, Michelle Edwards, Amanda Cunningham, Rory Cunningham

Seated:  Jessica Lamirande, Terrie Lynn Jolette, Emily Crowe, Kayla Wilkinson, Angie Gilchrist, Sierra Smith-Roberti

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