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St. Joseph’s Health Centre Celebrates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

(Sudbury) June 15, 2016 – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15 – attempts to shine a light on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders around the world.  In June each year, Ontario celebrates seniors and recognizes the contributions they make to our communities.  As part of our senior’s month celebrations St. Joseph’s Health Centre is participating in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The day aims to focus global attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders. It also seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities presented by an ageing population, and brings together senior citizens, and their caregivers, national and local government, academics, and the private sector to exchange ideas about how best to reduce incidents of violence towards elders, increase reporting of such abuse, and to develop elder friendly policies. Estimates indicate that by 2050, the global population of people above the age of 60 will exceed the number of younger people.

In recognition, staff at all of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre facilities, namely, St. Joseph’s Villa, Villa St. Gabriel Villa and St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre joined together and wore “purple” to encourage attention and support the venue.


St. Joseph’s Villa


Villa St. Gabriel Villa


St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre




Montessori Programming Introduced at St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa

Montessori Programming for Dementia is not new to long-term care.  The Life Enrichment department has been including Montessori programming on the monthly activity calendar for many years.

What is new is that employees in all departments are receiving the training and being offered education on how to apply Montessori interventions into their respective daily routines.  The goals of this initiative: Improving quality of life for our residents, as well as caregiver satisfaction for staff, volunteers and family members.  Throughout the years many staff and families have asked the question, “What exactly is Montessori?”   Unfortunately, Montessori has been misunderstood as an activity, when in reality it is a philosophy of care that all staff are able to tap into.

Because dementia is a progressive chronic disease, it slowly strips away one’s ability to function in a number of capacities.   Montessori focuses on identifying each residents remaining social, physical, cognitive, and/or spiritual ability and engaging them in meaningful “activity” that they are able to succeed in.  Activity refers to any task, action or process in this case, not necessarily with a recreation or leisure focus.  For example, a resident with dementia may not be able to correctly measure ingredients or be able to follow the step by step directions in order to make a cake.  However, a former baker or perhaps homemaker could still be able to pour pre-measured ingredients into a bowl, stir the ingredients and wipe the counter down and derive great pleasure assisting with tasks matched with their abilities and personal history.

Boredom and loneliness are the two top causes of responsive behaviours in long-term care.  Residents are most content and at ease when engaged in meaningful activity, however, finding activities that are suitable for a resident with dementia can also be challenging.  Traditional programs like bingo and bowling just don’t work for many residents who require cuing and prompting to actively participate.   We require all staff involving more residents in meaningful activities and tasks outside of the larger Life Enrichment group programs.

Montessori programming is evidence-based and well researched.  Cameron Camp, a US dementia researcher discovered that principals first used by Maria Montessori working with autistic and cognitively disabled children could successfully be applied to those diagnosed with dementia.  BSO (Behavioural Support Ontario) is currently utilizing many Montessori interventions in long-term care across Ontario.

“Montessori is just another tool in our bag of tricks that can assist in a difficult situation to enable all staff to complete assignments with greater ease and keep residents engaged in tasks they can succeed in.  For all these reasons Montessori corners have been set up to provide staff, volunteers and families the education and resources to make it a win-win situation!” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator.

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Staff Celebrated at Annual Staff Recognition and Perfect Attendance Event 2016

May 25, 2016 – St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel staff gathered for an evening of festivities to celebrate their years of service and perfect attendance.

Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO / Administrator stated, “It is clear to me that over the years, you have upheld and continue to maintain our values of service, integrity, dignity and excellence. Truly, the sum of all your time, effort and devotion has resulted in the continued success of St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa and for this, I thank you!”

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The St. Joseph’s Health Centre’s “Caring Beyond the Moment” team supports the Heart and Stroke Big Bike Event


Big Bike 2016

May 19, 2016 – Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO thanked staff who participated and/or donated towards this year’s Heart and Stroke Big Bike team  – “Caring Beyond the Moment”.

The event was a great success.  The team raised $4021.00, nearly doubling last year’s amount and won the award for best “team spirit”.  Congratulations and great team work toward a worthwhile community event.

St. Joseph’s Villa Staff – Hand Hygiene Infection Control Champions!

SJV Hand Hygiene Infection Control Champions! May 2016

May 18, 2016 – St. Joseph’s Villa (Gardenway) staff receive the annual “Most Improved” and the “Best Overall” Hand Hygiene Infection Control Championship Award with a 99% compliance rate.

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.

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre’s level 1 and 2 tied for second place – best overall with a compliance rate of 96%.  St. Joseph’s Villa’s Hillcrest and Sunnyside neighbourhoods tied for 3rd place with a compliance rate of 95%

St. Joseph’s Villa’s Lakeview and Sunnyside neighbourhoods tied for second place for most improved.  St. Joseph’s Villa’s Hillcrest neighbourhood came in third place.

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.

National Volunteer Week April 10-16, 2016


THANK YOU for being the “roots of strong communities” and for “Caring…beyond the Moment“!



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Governance Volunteers

Volunteer Appreciation 2016_South Bay site photo

South Bay Site Volunteers (St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre & St. Joseph’s Villa)

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Villa St. Gabriel Villa Site Volunteers


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+00:00March 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+00:00February 23rd, 2016|St. Joseph’s Villa News|