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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.

19
Oct
18
Legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada
Although cannabis is now legal in Canada for adults (effective Oct. 17, 2018), Gibson Family Health Care reminds residents, staff, volunteers and families that Carveth Care Centre and Helen Henderson Care Centre are smoke free environments. By law, you cannot smoke or hold lighted tobacco in any enclosed workplace, any enclosed public places and specifically designated outdoor places in Ontario. If you smoke or hold lighted tobacco in a place where it has been prohibited, you may be ticketed and charged a fine. By law, you can not work impaired.…
09
Oct
18
Gananoque woman proves age is a just a number
A 98-year-old woman living in Gananoque has earned a spot on a provincial board that promotes the rights of residents in long-term care. “I guess it’s pretty good to do this at 98,” says Kay Garland with a smile about her recent appointment to the Ontario Association for Residents’ Councils (OARC) which is responsible for 627 nursing homes in Ontario. “I think it’s an honour, really,” she says about her work. “Our focus is to make the resident our centre of care. It’s about what’s good for the resident. It…
04
Oct
18
Couple surrounded by love as death nears
A couple who were devoted to each for 60 years are spending their last moments together, surrounded by each other’s love. Breathing deeply from their hospital beds located a foot apart, Doreen and Colin Kotchapaw entered end-of-life care this week at Helen Henderson Care Centre. Acting quickly, staff placed the couple in the same room to allow them to die as they lived, devoted to each other, their family and faith. “It’s a gift, really,” says their son Mark, 56, from a corner of the couple’s room that is filled…
28
Sep
18
Homes at forefront of quality improvements
A local family is celebrating advancements in its delivery of health care. Gibson Family Health Care, the umbrella company of Helen Henderson Care Centre and Carveth Care Centre, has launched a formal approach to its health care called Person-Centred Care. A respected model at Kingston General Hospital, Person-Centred Care is a philosophical approach to service development and service delivery that sees services provided in a way that is respectful of, and responsive to, the preferences, needs and values of people and those who care for them. The approach is widely…
26
Sep
18
Retirement home expands, adds Deluxe Suite
Helen Henderson Retirement Lodge is poised to unveil a spectacular addition. The lodge has added a one-bedroom apartment with every amenity of assisting retirement living. The first (and only) room of its kind at the home, this Deluxe Suite is 560 sq ft of comfortable living space. It is currently available for rent and will be ready by early October 2018. “Our new Deluxe Suite is truly outstanding,” says Angela Gibson, Assistant Administrator. “It has its own walk-out patio that provides access to the beautiful gardens surrounding our home. It…
17
Sep
18
Centenarian still marvels at mankind’s trip to moon
For the past century, Bessie Meeks has tread softly on this earth she considers holy ground. Speaking from her room at Helen Henderson Retirement Lodge where she has lived for the past seven years, Bessie is humble and kind. Needlepoint bible verses cover her walls. It is a quiet and unassuming life that is common for many seniors. But unlike others, Bessie has reached a notable milestone. “It’s something I didn’t expect,” she says with a smile when asked about her upcoming 100th birthday on Sept. 29, 2018. “There isn’t…
13
Sep
18
Ingenious knitter preserves privacy and dignity of Gananoque residents
Krystyna Sikora knits for people who breathe, feel, suffer and love. An Activity Aide at Carveth Care Centre in Gananoque, Krystyna spent the summer knitting covers for colostomy and catheter bags for residents of the long-term care home. More than four months after she started, Krystyna has completed 15 bags which have been received with great fanfare. “All of the residents and families love them,” says the friendly 57-year-old in the fall of 2018. “It makes me feel good to do this.” Born in Poland, Krystyna has worked at the…
06
Sep
18
Man Cave delights residents and families
A new program at a local nursing home has a simple rule: Do what you love and love what you do. “The number of men are increasing, that’s why we opened the man cave,” says Alex Coyle, one of two Activity Aides at Helen Henderson Care Centre who designed and built a recreation and leisure room for men. “We did a beer and sports afternoon about a month ago with the men and it was very successful,” says Stephanie Gannon, the second Activity Aide who was instrumental in bringing the…
23
Aug
18
Success is no accident for this senior
Mary Leggat lives like she is going to die tomorrow and learns like she is going to live forever. Speaking from Helen Henderson Retirement Lodge where she has lived for the past five months, Mary sparkles with life. “I feel you should never stop learning, no matter how old you are,” the 95-year-old says with passion. “Life is not a destination, it’s a journey.” This sentiment has special meaning for Mary who earned a university degree when she was 72. “It was fun. I enjoyed it,” she says with enthusiasm…
23
Aug
18
Farmer finds happiness in retirement
Retirement for Grace Leakey means it’s time for a new adventure. A resident of Carveth Retirement Lodge for the past 3 ½ years, Grace is enjoying a rest after 50 years of farming dairy & beef cattle on Station Road near Gananoque. “I love it,” she says with a smile when asked about living in the accredited retirement lodge located in the heart of the Thousand Islands. Speaking from her tastefully decorated room, Grace talks with pride about the beautiful quilt on her bed that she made by hand. Adorned…