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St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness month by dressing in Pink!

Media Release – October 2017

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre staff members kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness month this week by dressing in Pink.  Patients voted for their favourite outfit. The winner was Emily Kleen, RPN. As part of St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre’s wellness initiative Breast Cancer Awareness activities are planned throughout the month of October.

2017-11-17T09:18:26+00:00 October 27th, 2017|St. Joseph’s CCC News|

St. Joseph’s Villa is the recipient of a Union Gas Community Improvement Grant!

Media Release – September 2017

From left to right:  Vince Rodrigue, Union Gas Representative, Angie Gilchrist, Programs Coordinator, Melanie Kanerva, St. Joseph’s Foundation Chair, Roger Leveille, Site Administrator, Michele Roy, Union Gas Representative

From left to right:  Ray Thoms, Vince Rodrigue, Union Gas Representative, Angie Gilchrist, Programs Coordinator, St. Joseph’s Villa

On August 22, 2017 St. Joseph’s Villa had two special visitors bearing a very generous gift for the Garden Way neighborhood.  Representatives from Union Gas, Vince Rodrigue and Michele Roy provided a cheque in the amount of $1000.00 as part of the companies’ Community Improvement Grant.  The initiative helps to strengthen communities by donating to local projects accompanied by a volunteer component fulfilled by Union Gas employees.

The money was donated to the Life Enrichment Department who in turn used the donation to fund “Memory Lane” a collection of over 20 nostalgic pictures of Sudbury and surrounding areas that were hung in the neighborhood that is home to residents living with dementia.  Ray Thoms, a community historian also came on board for the project and provided the refinished pictures of Sudbury.

The collection has provided the residents of Garden Way with a more meaningful walk throughout their day as well as opportunity to reminiscence on days gone by.  Our gratitude is extended to both Union Gas and Mr. Ray Thoms for making this project a meaningful addition to the daily experience of our residents.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury earns National Recognition with the “Gentle Persuasion Approaches Leadership Excellence Person-Centred Care” with Distinction Award

Media Release  – September 2017

Left to right:  Jennifer Gosselin, Social Worker, Yolande Labbe, resident and Hilary Grieve, Recreation Therapist

St Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury was recently honoured with the “GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care” Award and was one of only 4 organizations in Canada to earn the award “with distinction” by the Advanced Gerontological Education Centre. The ‘GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care’ Awards Recognition Program was developed to acknowledge the continuing commitment of organizations who implement Gentle Persuasive Approaches in the dementia care setting.

The award is given in recognition of extraordinary commitment to the integration of Gentle Persuasive Approaches into organizational policy and processes. St Joseph’s Health Centre has committed to ensuring that every staff member in the organization is given the opportunity to be trained in GPA to ensure that all residents and patients are offered person centred care.

To implement this commitment, the organization has had multiple staff trained as GPA coaches who not only train staff but also act as mentors at the front line and has assigned a GPA Lead role to ensure that training sessions are completed on a monthly (or more) basis. Furthermore, in congruence with GPA philosophy, the organization has also committed to completing a PIECES of my Personhood assessment as residents are admitted. This information is used to understand each resident as a person first, and the information is used to assist staff to understand underlying needs that are causing responsive behaviours. The information collected is used to create a beautiful personalized poster that is placed in the resident’s room with consent which allows all staff members and volunteers get to know our residents, particularly those with dementia, as people first.

https://www.ageinc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Awarded_St.JosephsHealthCentre_GPA-Leadership-Excellence-in-Person-Centred-Care_with-distinction.pdf

Schuster Boyd McDonald’s Chip in for Charity Golf Tournament raises $35,000 for St. Joseph’s Foundation

Media Release – (Sudbury)  August 21, 2017

Cheque presentation

Dan Boyd and Joe McDonald from Schuster Boyd McDonald present a cheque in the amount of $35,000 to Melanie Kanerva, Chair of St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre.   These funds were raised at the Chip in for Charity Golf tournament sponsored by Schuster Boyd McDonald which took place on August 3rd, 2017 at the Idylwylde Golf and Country Club. The monies will be placed towards the purchase of new mattresses for Villa St. Gabriel Villa.

Golf Tournament Winners

Tournament Champions 2017

Pat Laferriere, Jay Jewett, Trent Laferriere and Mike Castron

 

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.

Killarney Fish & Chip Excursion – Residents of St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel’s Villa visit Killarney

(Sudbury) July 31, 2017

After visiting Little Current for the past two consecutive years, the Recreation Committee of Villa St. Gabriel Villa came to the table in 2015 with high hopes and big dreams of Killarney fish and chips for their next summer excursion.

After much contemplation and preparation, it was announced in April 2017 that Killarney would, in fact, be the next summer excursion destination for the residents of Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  An invitation was extended to the residents of St. Joseph’s Villa to join in on the fun and even Mother Nature came on board for this special event.  Five residents from SJV and six residents from VSGV awoke to a warm sunny morning July 6th, 2017 and boarded one of two chartered buses to Killarney for fish and chips.  Residents and staff had the opportunity to mix and mingle all while enjoying the beautiful surroundings and food of Killarney.

 

Killarney visit 1_July 2017

Killarney visit 2_July 2017

Designing and building meaningful activities for patients

Once again, Grade 11 Tech Design students from Lockerby Composite School are helping patients recover!

Over the last three years, the Recreation Therapy team has developed a successful woodworking group in collaboration with Lockerby Composite School’s grade 11 Design and Technology class. The program goals are to enable patients to use existing physical skills and/or work on fine motor skills, increase socialization, and foster a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction at the completion of their project.

Students developed their own designs for a nestbox/bird feeder using 3D modelling software and later constructed their design using their woodworking skills in the shop. Each design is finally disassembled and put into a kit with directions developed by the students for patients at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care. In a group setting, patients select their kit, assemble, sand, and paint to complete the project.  The projects are then placed in a silent auction in June as part of Seniors month activities to help raise funds towards outings, special events, gardening supplies, etc.
Anette

Annette has participated in the group weekly and had this to say; “This group is good therapy, it gives you peace of mind and helps you escape your pain. It relaxes your mind. I like to finish what I started”.

 

Art

Art has found a new leisure interest!

“I come to the group to keep busy so I don’t get bored. I have never done this before.”

Andrew who volunteered with the group said: “It is a good way to connect with patients and to listen to their stories and see them connect with others.”

Over the last three years, the Birdhouse Auction has raised over $800.00 for patient programs.  Patients have worked over 20 hrs to build 20 unique creations. This year the Auction will start June 12th and finish at the Senior Month party on June 29th.

 

bird houses

A preview of some of the creations! Come and see them on the 2nd-floor Therapy Gym at CCC.

2017-11-17T09:39:01+00:00 June 13th, 2017|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s CCC News|

VSGV thanks the Rayside Balfour Quilters Guild for their time, kindness and creativity!

quilt donation

On Wednesday May 24th, 2017 the Rayside Balfour Quilters Guild donated 15 busy blankets to Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  The aprons provide meaningful engagement and purpose to residents with dementia.  Pictured above from left to right, Claire Vincent-Viau, Diane Blais, Debbie Serafini, Claudette Lacasse.

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La VSGV remercie les membres de la Rayside Balfour Quilters Guild de leur temps, gentillesse et créativité!

Le mercredi 24 mai 2017, la Rayside Balfour Quilters Guild a fait un don de 15 couvertures et de divers tabliers à la Villa St. Gabriel Villa. Ces articles stimulent de façon significative les résidents ayant une démence. De gauche à droite : Claire Vincent-Viau, Diane Blais, Debbie Serafini, Claudette Lacasse.

 

2017-05-31T14:47:11+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|

Hand Hygiene Infection Control Championship Awards

May 2017

hand hygiene Whitson

VSGV Whitson Neighbourhood Staff

Whitewater hand hygiene

VSGV Whitewater Neighbourhood Staff

Congratulations to the Villa St. Gabriel Villa Whitewater Neighbourhood staff who received the annual “Most Improved” and the Villa St. Gabriel Villa Whitson Neighbourhood staff who won the “Highest Overall” Hand Hygiene Infection Control Championship Awards for the St. Joseph’s Health Centre organizations this year.

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.