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21Jul, '21

New Guitar Brings Back Music to Resident

July 21st, 2021|Bridge to Dreams, News|

Resident Christopher Dart shared with his recreation facilitator, Penny, that his dream was to have music brought into his life again. Before coming to Chelsey Park LTC, Chris was homeless and had expressed that dealing with homelessness was always better with a guitar in his hand. Chris recalls his youth years when he was in a band as the ‘highlight of his life’. Chris felt as though being reconnected with music and having a guitar would really start to feel like this was his home. Penny, and recreation manager Courtney, presented Chris with his brand new guitar and he serenaded other residents and staff in the garden. Chris concluded that this really was his dream come true!

21Jul, '21

Resident Meets Sports Icon!

July 21st, 2021|Bridge to Dreams, News|

Wes came to live at Queensway in August of 2018 at the age of 61. He often talked about his love of sports, and how he played goalie when he was younger. He would often recall the times when he himself would have a shutout or the incredible games he would watch on T.V that would change sports statistics forever.

When Wes was asked what his one wish would be, he said, I’d like to talk to Dan Marino from the Miami Dolphins. Wes loves sports. He has been collecting sports cards since he was a kid.
Queensway LTC staff were a bit surprised with his response because everyone at the home knows that Wes is an avid Pittsburg Penguins hockey fan. Wes said, “I like the Pittsburg Penguins as a team, but the one person I like more than anyone is Dan Marino.” This seemed like a simple wish, but Dan Marino is not an easy person to get in touch with. After contacting multiple organizations, the Program Manager was able to connect with a group called “Living Wish Foundation” who was able to make the connection with Dan Marino. An application was sent to Living Wish that asked a little about Wes, his family, hobbies, and interest.

Wes had questions for Dan too. Wes wanted to know if Dan was nervous when he was running down the field with the ball and the other team chasing him, to which Dan answered, “Yes, when you have big guys that are chasing you and they are faster than you, it can be a little nerve racking and you can get a little nervous about that. But you have to understand how to deal with that, and it’s part of your job as a quarterback.” Wes wanted to know who taught him to throw a football like that. Dan said his dad taught him how to throw and he wanted Wes to remember that it was his dad who taught him. It was very apparent that Dan loved his dad dearly and was thankful that he spent the time with him throwing a ball and supporting his success as a professional football player Dan was also impressed to know that Wes has 7 sisters and 2 brothers. He shared that he has two sisters and he thinks the world of them, family is so important. Fair to say that Dan is a family man.

Although Wes was not able to watch the video surrounded by family and friends due to COVID restrictions, a copy of the video was sent to them. Queensway staff gathered around Wes with great excitement as we revealed the surprise, to which Wes was overwhelmed and somewhat speechless.

After watching the video Wes made us all laugh by saying “He (Dan) will always be my favourite football player even though he’s retired. I used to like Terry Bradshaw, but he’s no comparison to that guy (pointing to Dan on the TV).

Wes is a collector of memorabilia so of course some gifts for him the remember this Dream come True. Bridge to Dreams was able to purchase an authentic signed Dan Marino Miami Dolphins jersey, and a commemorative plate.

21Jul, '21

Meeting the Royals

July 21st, 2021|Bridge to Dreams, News|

Peter Nunan a Resident at Southbridge Pinewood in Thunder Bay struck up a conversation one day with Janina Gladish (Recreation Aide) which he often did. This particular day he wanted to share his story of the remarkable moments he had over the years, but not with just Janina but with as many people as he could. This was his Bridge to Dream request.

Peter lived on a farm 2-3 miles outside of Paris Ontario. Often Peter and his good friend Ralph would go to the railway junction where the train would often stop. On this one particular day they knew that Prince Philip and the Princess (now Queen Elizabeth) would be making a short stop at that very spot. Peter and his friend decided to jump the snow fence in order to get on the track where the train carrying the royal couple would soon be. The young men noticed the train was backing up very slowly to get back on their way. The Prince and Princess were standing on the back of the train when they saw Peter and Ralph on the tracks. Peter says he was about 5 feet away from the couple. The four of them had a short conversation when the Prince yelled “jump on!”, and invited them on the train. Peter decided not to climb on the locomotive because he feared the RCMP would “get us” and would not be pleased. At this point a crowd began to gather, but for a few short minutes Peter and Ralph were able to have a private conversation with Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth. They were so excited as this was the first time that they had met the Royals.

A second meeting took place many years later at the Old Fort William opening ceremonies in Thunder Bay. There was a group of men including Peter paddling a 36 foot birch bark canoe as part of the festivities of the grand opening. They were senior Ministries of Natural Resource staff at the time. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were guests at the event. They both were in awe of the canoe and Prince Philip heard that there was a boat currently being built on the property by an employee of the park. Employees went to see about showing the Prince the boat, however it was locked up. The prince was disappointed that he couldn’t see the boat and said “It must be something to be locked up so tight.” Later that day the Prince had asked “how did you folks know that the birch bark canoe would float”? The response from the builder of the canoe said, “If this canoe doesn’t float, this will be the first birch bark submarine you will ever see”. The Prince had a good laugh. The Queen was also quite impressed with the large canoe which weighed about 400-500 pounds.

On April 9, 2021 Peter was saddened by the news that the Prince had passed away, but was grateful and felt honoured to have had the privilege of meeting him and the Queen not only once but twice. Peter will always treasure these memories and will continue to share his remarkable moments.

Written by Peter Nunan & Janina Gladish

22Mar, '21

The Senior Living CaRES Fund announces 2021 funding and welcomes two new partners

March 22nd, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, News|

To date, more than $2.3 million has been awarded to senior living workers.

TORONTO, March 22, 2021 – Today the Senior Living CaRES Fund (the CaRES Fund) welcomes two new partners, Southbridge Care Homes and OMNI Health Care, and announced that it is now accepting new applications to the fund.

Established in May 2020 by Chartwell, Revera, Extendicare and Sienna, in recognition of the extraordinary efforts of senior living sector employees in the face of the pandemic, the CaRES Fund provides one-time financial assistance of up to $10,000 to Canadian employees of all senior living operators. To date, more than $2.3 million has been awarded to 679 senior living workers.

The Fund will continue its legacy in 2021 and plans to hold up to four application review windows. As of today, the Fund is accepting applications for financial assistance from sector workers experiencing hardship. Applications for the first quarter of funding are open from March 22 to April 9. The CaRES Fund will share future application periods in the coming months.

“Senior living sector workers put the needs of others before their own. Over the last year, we have seen them work tirelessly to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” says Hazel McCallion, spokesperson for CaRES. “The CaRES Fund honours them and the heroism they showed during the pandemic for years to come.”
As the CaRES Fund prepares to accept applications, it is pleased to welcome two new partners, platinum sponsor Southbridge Care Homes and gold sponsor OMNI Health Care. The generosity of Southbridge Care Homes and OMNI Health Care will make a real difference in the lives of senior living sector workers.
“The commitment of our front-line workers is inspiring,” says Ryan Bell, Chief Executive Officer, Southbridge Care Homes. “It is our pleasure to join the CaRES Fund in recognizing their efforts.”

“The CaRES Fund has supported hundreds of dedicated senior living employees from across the country,” says Patrick McCarthy, President and CEO, OMNI Health Care. “We look forward to joining the founding partners in supporting hundreds more in 2021.”

The CaRES Fund provides one-time hardship financial support for employees impacted by the pandemic including personal support workers, nurses, dietary aides, and the recreation, environmental, culinary and administrative staff who are working tirelessly to care for residents.

All senior living sector employees across Canada, regardless of their employer, are eligible to apply.

An Initiative for the Future
The CaRES Fund intends to continue its legacy post-COVID-19 through the establishment of a foundation aimed at continuing to support employees in the senior living sector who are experiencing hardship. As the initiative grows in size, and future contributors, it will always be rooted in the history of COVID-19 so that Canadians will never forget the heroic contributions of senior living sector employees.

About the Senior Living CaRES Fund
The Senior Living CaRES Fund was launched as a two-million-dollar fund established by Chartwell Retirement Residences, Revera Inc., Extendicare and Sienna Senior Living. Open to all employees in the sector, and inspired by their dedication and commitment, the CaRES Fund provides financial assistance to those facing extraordinary circumstances and will build a legacy for future investment to support urgent financial needs and employee education.
More information about the fund and the application process can be found at seniorlivingcares.ca.

For further information please contact:
Larry Roberts
Revera Inc.
289-997-5721
Larry.Roberts@reveraliving.com 

8Feb, '21

Chelsey Park is Runner Up for Best Of London Award

February 8th, 2021|News|

Chelsey Park has been recognized as the Runner Up for the 2020 Best Of London award for Best Nursing Home in an annual survey conducted by the London Free Press.

The home has been first or runner up for 7 consecutive years!

Congratulations to our team at Chelsey Park!

9Jul, '20

Southbridge Care Homes Taking Action to Transform and Enhance Delivery of Seniors Care

July 9th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, News|

Cambridge, ON – July 9, 2020 – As part of its ongoing efforts to transform and enhance the delivery of long-term care for seniors in Ontario, Southbridge Care Homes has appointed a new Chief Seniors’ Advocate and Strategic Partnerships Officer, a role which will be filled by former Ontario Long-Term Care Association CEO, Candace Chartier.

“Ms. Chartier brings with her more than two decades of experience in Ontario’s long-term care sector, and she has an extensive and established record of advocating for change that will benefit seniors across the province, starting with changes in our own homes,” says Ryan Bell, CEO of Southbridge Care Homes. “Her forward-thinking approach to how we care for our elderly is exactly what we need in light of the impacts from COVID-19.”

As Southbridge’s Chief Seniors’ Advocate and Strategic Partnerships Officer, Chartier will be responsible for leading and implementing the organization’s ongoing commitment to quality and care across Southbridge’s 37 care homes, including ensuring strong accountability mechanisms focused on operational standards and quality of living for the seniors we care for.

Over the past several weeks, Southbridge has further responded to the pandemic by putting  enhancements into place including:

  • Testing staff twice per month for COVID-19.
  • In addition to the Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) support provided by Extendicare (the manager of Southbridge’s 37 homes), Southbridge recently hired an epidemiologist who is solely focused on residents and staff at Southbridge homes; and
  • In addition to the recruitment support provided by Extendicare, Southbridge has hired a Human Resources recruiter to be solely focused on Southbridge homes.

To build on these efforts, Chartier will focus on:

  • Advocating to government and other stakeholders for change in seniors’ healthcare as it relates to the retirement and long-term care sector;
  • Advocating to government and other stakeholders for the need to expedite the redevelopment of C licensed beds into new beds, including advocating for more capacity; and
  • Developing new and fostering existing partnerships in the long-term care and retirement sectors.

“It’s true that COVID-19 has presented unique challenges in the long-term care sector. But it has also presented unique opportunities within our 37 homes to optimize the way we deliver care to our residents, and protect our staff,” says Chartier. “Long-term care needs to be considered on a spectrum of healthcare services, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to bring a collaborative approach to the role.”

Chartier joins the Southbridge team after having served as the CEO of Safe Haven Consulting Inc. She also sits on the Board of Directors of Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and the Ontario Pharmacists Association. Candace has also been representing senior care during the COVID-19 pandemic at the provincial Ontario Health strategy tables.

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