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carveth helen henderson seniors healthcare centresThe latest news features for Gibson Family Health Care or Carveth and Helen Henderson Care Centres.

29
Jan
19
Local doctor grateful for work/life balance
Christine Miller works hard to stay well in order to help care for others. A doctor in Gananoque and Kingston for the past 23 years, and a proud mother of three adult children, she divides her time between helping residents of two long-term care homes and focusing on her own health and happiness. “I love it,” the friendly woman says with a smile from Carveth Care Centre where she has worked part-time since November 2018. “It’s working out well for me,” she says about her reduced workload. “It allows me…
25
Jan
19
Home enhances dementia care
People with dementia are capable of more than we can imagine. Just ask Amy Heddon who has spent the past 20 years working with people afflicted by the disease. “It’s the most enjoyable part of my job,” says the 40-year-old from Carveth Care Centre where she works as an Activity Aide. A resident of Lansdowne, the mother of three is passionate about improving lives through an innovative service at the long-term care home. Working with other health care professionals, Amy outfitted two carts to engage residents, the majority of whom…
16
Jan
19
Stories come to life for blind senior
Reading a good story is one of the most marvelous adventures anyone can ever have. Just ask Jean Walker of Carveth Care Centre. Sitting in her room at the long-term care home on a cold afternoon in January, the 92-year-old woman talks excitedly about her love of stories and the book club that is bringing them to life. “I used to think I would be spending my retirement reading, but it didn’t come to pass,” says Jean who is legally blind in one-eye and partially blind in the other from…
07
Jan
19
Kingston area Nursing home praised for exceptional health care
A long-term care home in the Kingston area is glowing with positive reviews. Speaking from Helen Henderson Care Centre in Amhersview on Jan. 3, Assistant Director of Care Melissa Locke shared the results of an extensive survey completed in 2018. Her announcement generated a wave of excitement in the home. According to her, almost every family (of residents at the home) is satisfied with the health care delivered by staff who are kind, caring and compassionate. “Our Family and Resident Satisfaction Survey allows us to reflect on the needs, wants…
04
Jan
19
Art helps battle dementia
It has been said that Alzheimer’s locks the doors and the exits. There is no reprieve, no escape. Rose Rautenberg knows this feeling well. A former world traveler, model and painter, Rose was passionate about her art before the chronic neurodegenerative disease called Alzheimer’s impaired her memory and ability. Now, almost 89 and unable to paint due to poor health, the scenes Rose captured on canvass when she was younger may help unlock the mystery of the disease that is stealing her independence in her golden years. A resident of…
21
Dec
18
Staff decorate retirement lodge and nursing home doors for holiday
Helen Henderson Care Centre is glowing with holiday cheer. Located in Amherstview, the accredited retirement lodge and long-term care home has Christmas decorations on every wall and in every corner. It has been described as a stunning winter wonderland. Smiling from her office, Activity Director Donna Joudoin is proud of what her department has accomplished this year. “Everyone is getting very competitive and it really lifted staff morale,” she says about a staff challenge to decorate department doors before Christmas. “We are very happy to report that we had such…
06
Dec
18
Displaced Fairfield Manor residents relocate to Helen Henderson Retirement Lodge
When Gord Montgomery was given two days to vacate a retirement home in Kingston earlier this year, his situation looked dire. A resident of one of two Fairfield Manor Retirement Homes forced to close by regulatory bodies, the 86-year-old and his neighbours scrambled to find other living arrangements. To his relief, Gord and several other Fairfield residents found comfort and safety at Helen Henderson Retirement Lodge in Amherstview. Talking from the accredited home on a cold winter afternoon, Gord’s voice is filled with relief after surviving the upheaval of being…
A popular retirement home in Amherstview has unveiled ANOTHER spectacular addition. Helen Henderson Retirement lodge has added a second one-bedroom apartment with every amenity of assisting retirement living. The second room of its kind at the home, this Deluxe Suite is 560 sq ft of comfortable living space. It is currently available for rent. “This second Deluxe Suite is a result of the overwhelming response we received from the first suite we built in the fall of 2018,” says Angela Gibson, Assistant Administrator, “These suites are truly outstanding. They have…
23
Nov
18
Performing for seniors nourishes this singer’s soul
Mark McDonell loves his job. Smiling over a warm drink in a Kingston coffee shop in November 2018, the talented father of two talks with awe about his work as a professional musician. “I don’t take it for granted,” he admits gratefully. “I’m from a small town and I didn’t have a lot of money growing up. Now, I get to travel to different countries and perform. I’m 48 years old and I keep wondering when are people going to find out it’s all smoke and mirrors.” A professional singer…
Looking for a gift for someone who has everything? Please consider giving the gift of LOVE this Christmas by purchasing an item for a senior at Carveth Care Centre. You'll bring a BIG smile to a resident when they open their present Christmas Day. Just visit our Tuck Shop between now and Dec. 7 and take a tag from our Christmas tree. On the back is a wish item for a senior who will appreciate your kindness and generousity. It's a great way for an entire family to celebrate the…