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Penny Auction in support of Resident's Council

With the Christmas Bazaar and many other fundraising events being cancelled this year the Life Enrichment Team along with Residents Council will be holding a penny Auction Fundraiser with all the money raised going directly to Residents Council. 

 

The Penny Auction will be held in November over a week, where staff and residents will be able to purchase tickets to try and win the items in the Penny Auction. 

 

We are asking  that you contact the Life Enrichment Team at Ext. 1426 or email Jessica at jwooldridge@kawarthalakes.ca  if you would like to donate gift cards for the Penny Auction. 

 

Thank you Your Life Enrichment Team

 

From the Executive Director

I recently had an opportunity to spend some time out of doors in the forest alone.  During this quiet time, I embraced the gorgeous fall weather and beautiful autumn colours. 

 

It was also during this time, I took a moment to reflect.  My thoughts always returned to the fact that, even during these difficult and challenging times, 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

 

 

 

Christmas at Victoria Manor 2020 Style

This time of year, the Life Enrichment Team and Residents are usually entrenched in the Resident and Family Christmas Party preparations.  I think we can all agree that Christmas in 2020 is going to look very different this year.  Although it is sad that we will not be able to gather together for our traditional wild and wacky Christmas party, we are working on something very special for residents to provide their family members over the holiday season.

 

Christmas is also a time where various groups and individuals like to purchase gifts for residents to receive Christmas morning.  This year, we unfortunately will not be able to accept gifts in the traditional manner.  This is heartbreaking as last year the community came together to provide a gift for every single resident at Victoria Manor (166 gifts in total).  If you are interested, there are alternatives that would help us ensure that residents receive something special on Christmas morning.  Please contact the Life Enrichment Team at 705-324-3558 extension 1426 or Holly Speedie, Manager of Resident and Family Services at extension 1427 or hspeedie@kawarthalakes.ca. 

 

Family Council Meetings via Zoom

Family council meetings have resumed, meeting once a month via Zoom.  We are happy to welcome a new council member, Diane Theberge. It is great to have another voice to represent the families and friends of our residents at  Victoria Manor. 

 

We are also always welcomed at the Town Hall meetings with Pam Kulas, where general issues are discussed for our information and also a chance to ask questions that should be submitted ahead of the meeting, so they can be researched and responded to appropriately.  Please consider accepting the next invitation to attend online.

 

The next Family Council meeting will be November 4, at 11:00 a.m.  Hope to see you there! 

 

Shirley Collins

 


 

Staying Connected

The Life Enrichment Team would like to thank the family members who have reached out to us to set up the FaceTime and video chatting calls with their family members at Victoria Manor.

For anyone who has not video chatted with their loved one but would like to, please call the Life Enrichment Team at 705-324-3558 ext. 1426 and we will connect you with the Life Enrichment Assistant for your loved ones home area.

We currently have two IPads with FaceTime, Zoom and Facebook Messenger. When you call we will help you get set up. We have allotted 15 minutes per call and 2 calls per Resident per week.

If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Family Wellness Webinar Series

This series is offered in partnership with Morneau Shepell.  With the added stress of COVID-19, taking care of yourself while you are caring for others is essential.

 

https://www.siennaliving.ca/covid-19-centre/resources-for-families/family-wellness-webinar-series

 

A Few Updates - including visitor information

Visitors

  • No general visitors will be permitted at this time. Only one designated essential caregiver per resident will be permitted at a time, with a maximum of 2 designated essential caregivers. Please contact Holly Speedie for more information on how to become an essential caregiver at 705-324-3558 ext. 1427 or hspeedie@kawarthalakes.ca
  • Visitor Testing Attestations – As part of the screening process, essential visitors will be required to provide the date of their last test and date of the negative response.
  • PPE Provisions – Surgical masks and other PPE as required (gowns, gloves or eye protection) will be provided and worn at all times. No visitors are allowed to wander within the home. Proper training will also be provided.

 

Library Partnership:

The Life Enrichment department has partnered with the Lindsay Public Library to provide the resident with more books!  The residents receive a form and residents are able to pick what genre and type of book they need i.e. Large print, Audio Book etc.  Once picked the forms get sent and the Library brings in books monthly for the residents who signed up.  To take the precautionary measures a LEA will be meeting the Library outside monthly masked and gloved.  The library will drop off a bin with the books inside.  The bin will be wiped down and the books will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are given to the residents.  

 

If you have a loved one in the home that you know would benefit from this program you can contact the Life enrichment department at ext. 1426 or email Brianna Kerr at bkerr@kawarthalakes.ca  

 

Resident & Family Satisfaction Survey

Take our survey! We are excited to invite you to complete a survey about your experience and level of satisfaction with our care and services. Each year, we engage a third party consulting firm to manage this process, ensuring you have the freedom to comment openly and anonymously. You can take the survey online or fill out a paper copy and drop it in the mail – it takes just 10-15 minutes to complete. Look for your survey to arrive in the mail by November 25 and be sure to submit your response by December 9. Your input really matters – please let us know how we’re doing.

  

Recommended Steps: Putting on Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/ipac/ppe-recommended-steps

 

Video link:  Putting on Full Personal Protective Equipment

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/videos/ipac-fullppe-on

 

Video link:  Taking off Full Personal Protective Equipment

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/videos/ipac-fullppe-off

 

Video link: How to Wash Your Hands

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/videos/ipac-handwash

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