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November program highlights

November 7 —  Birthday Party with Keith Kirkpatrick 

November 9 —  Christmas Bazaar

November 11 —  Remembrance Day Service 

November 13—  Walmart Shopping Outing

November 14 —  Resident’s Council

November 14 —  Diner’s Club Swiss Chalet

November 19/28 —  Bingo

November 20 —  Painting with Shirley

November 21 —  Entertainment with Craig Birnik

November 21 —  Perogie Dinner

November 27 —  The Gathering Place Luncheon—Walking Tacos

 

Bacon and Eggs Luncheons

 

Victoria House—November 1

Vaga House—November 15

Elford House—November 22

MacMillan House—November 29

 

 

For a copy of the Activity Calendar please Email Victoria Manor.

From the Executive Director

 

I recently had the opportunity to spend my vacation in a remote community in northern Ontario.  While there, I spent the majority of my time outside, enjoying nature while taking in the gorgeous fall weather.  I also had a lot of quiet time to think and reflect.  My thoughts always returned to the fact that I am truly blessed to have a career I love and to be working at Victoria Manor, surrounded by a team who truly embraces the warmth of human connection to honour the residents and families we serve. 

 

As a Canadian, I am truly blessed to be living in such a wonderful, beautiful country while having the freedom to experience so many things that many others are not able to experience. I encourage you, on Remembrance Day, November 11th the day that commemorates those civilians and military personnel who lost their lives in armed conflicts, to take some quiet time to reflect, and most importantly, to take time to thank a veteran for giving you your freedom.  

 

Warmest regards,

 

Pamela Kulas, Executive Director

 

 

 

Family Council Update

From your Family Council:  The Family Council has resumed monthly meetings to discuss issues pertaining to your loved ones living at Victoria Manor.  We are pleased to let you know, that for those of you that visit the Manor after dinner hours, the front door will now be open until 9 pm.  This should make your exit easier at this time of night, without having to rely on the staff in MacMillan house.  

 

We welcome any family and friends of residents to join us at the meetings in the auditorium every month. The meetings last only an hour and we work at making life at Victoria Manor a good experience for all.  

 

 

CARF Accreditation

Accreditation is a process where surveyors are invited into an organization to review processes. Accreditation is the official recognition that our organization is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices. 

 

Victoria Manor will be going through this process on November 21 and 22.

 

Reducing Emergency Room Visits

In 2013–2014, 1 in 3 ED visits among seniors in LTC were identified as potentially preventable or classified as low acuity without a need for inpatient admission.

 

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) accounted for 30% of ED visits for potentially preventable conditions by seniors in LTC, followed by pneumonia (26%) and heart failure (14%).

 

Given that acute inpatient admission was not necessary, it is possible that much of the medical treatment required for the low-acuity visits could be carried out in the LTC setting. This would mean that residents would not have to be transferred to the ED. Such transfers are stressful to the resident and have other negative consequences, including a break in the continuity of care, inconvenience, long lengths of stay in the ED and potentially higher costs to provide treatment there than in alternate settings.

 

Reducing the number of ED visits among seniors in LTC is also a priority in many jurisdictions.

Unnecessary ED visits require communication of often complex medical histories and may present challenges for continuity of care. Additionally, ambulance transport and unfamiliar ED settings may be unsettling for patients, particularly for those who suffer from dementia. To address this challenge, prevention programs are in place to reduce falls, which are a major reason for ED visits among these seniors. Another approach involves the use of mobile laboratories that offer diagnostic services to help reduce the use of ED for this purpose.

 

Through our Eyes

Residents’ Rights

Every month we’ve been reviewing the rights of our residents. There’s 27 rights for the residents at Victoria Manor. Each month, we do cover the rights at Residents’ Council meetings, however it’s always nice to share the rights with everyone! This morning, we will be covering consent to treatment.

 

Consent to Treatment

"Every resident has the right to give or refuse consent to any treatment, care or services for which his or her consent is required by law and to be informed of the consequences of giving or refusing consent."

In other words if your doctor suggests a way to help you, you can decide to:

  • do what the doctor recommends,
  • not take the doctor's advice, or
  • talk to another doctor or qualified person to get a second opinion.

 

You must be told what the treatment is for, its risks, benefits and side effects, and what will happen if you decide not to take it. You must also be told if there are alternatives to the recommended treatment. You need to know these things in order to make an informed decision. No one else can make decisions about your treatment if you are mentally capable. You can have someone help you make decisions, but that too is your choice. You cannot be punished or discharged from the home for refusing to consent to a treatment, including medication. You are mentally capable if you understand and appreciate both what you are doing and the consequences of your decisions.

If you are not mentally capable of making certain decisions, your substitute decision-maker must make them for you. A substitute decision-maker is a person who has the legal right to make decisions for you during times when you are not mentally capable of making them yourself.

 


 

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