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30
Apr
21
Health care heroes continue to emerge during strain of pandemic
Andrea Ruiz is a multi-talented health care professional who helps when and where she is needed. When the pandemic struck in mid-March 2020, she was working as a PSW at Helen Henderson Care Centre and studying to become a Recreation Professional; her dream-job. Shortly after beginning her new position in the home’s Recreation Department, she was asked to return to work as a PSW to shore-up the lack of health care workers caused by the pandemic. Andrea said yes. A few months later in April 2021, she returned to the…
30
Apr
21
Residential Aide in retirement lodge shines during pandemic
Kathryn McCartney has been helping others as long as she can remember. When she was little, her grandmother was diagnosed with dementia and Kathryn was there to help. After her grandmother died when she was 14, Kathryn embarked on a career to help seniors at Providence Manor. She has been helping the elderly ever since. “I love it,” says the 37-year-old Kingston woman about her job caring for almost 40 residents in Carveth Retirement Lodge where she has worked as a Residential Aide for almost two years. “I work a…
19
Apr
21
New art program launched
A new program at Helen Henderson Care Centre is helping residents with dementia through sensory based art. Called Visions Through Art, the program was launched last week to the delight of residents on Reception Three, the home’s secure unit. The program incorporates painting and tactile items such as butterflies as illustrated in these spring portraits. The program will be repeated every month with a new theme. When enough artwork is made, residents will host an exhibit. Organizers describe the program as inclusive, allowing residents with restrictions to participate. “It’s important…
19
Apr
21
Home upgrades technology with help of Lions Club and government grant
The Gananoque Lions Club is making the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time. Recently, the club obtained a government grant of $5,000 to upgrade technology for seniors at Carveth Retirement Lodge. The money will provide new equipment to entertain seniors and keep them connected to their families and community. Club members were delighted to receive the New Horizons for Seniors grant which will help the retirement lodge persevere the pandemic that has raged for more than one-year. The Government of Canada declared the pandemic in…
29
Mar
21
Housekeeper recognized for good work during pandemic
Kari Purvis is thrilled to win her first workplace award at 42 years old. Speaking from Helen Henderson Care Centre where she works as a Housekeeper, the Yarker woman smiles at the news she is the home’s Employee of the Month for April 2021. “I love it,” she says with a smile about her job. “This is what I was meant to be. I’ve been a cleaner all of my life, but I feel like I fit here.” When she was younger, Kari was close to becoming a Personal Support…
29
Mar
21
Front-line health care worker wins workplace award, one-year after pandemic declared
A front-line health care worker has won her first workplace award, one-year after the COVID-19 pandemic began in Canada. Krista Whaley smiles when informed she is the Employee of the Month for April at Carveth Care Centre, a retirement lodge and long-term care home in Gananoque. “It’s good,” she says when asked about her work. “I like spending time with the residents and getting to know them.” For the past 16 years, Krista has provided front-line health care to 104 residents in the nursing home. She has been a Personal…
19
Feb
21
Efforts of temporary pandemic worker celebrated
A temporary pandemic worker is receiving accolades for her work to help seniors persevere the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking from Carveth Care Centre in mid-February, Nancy Harrington calls the recognition a pleasant surprise. “I really didn’t know what to expect,” she says with a smile about her arrival at Carveth Care Centre as a Universal Worker in August 2020; five months after the pandemic was declared in Canada. “I never worked in long-term care before,” explains the 63-year-old. “It’s been quite an education.” Named Employee of the Month for March 2021,…
11
Feb
21
School children make Valentine’s cards for seniors
A kind gesture by a group of students will reach wounds only compassion can heal. That is the sentiment of a local nursing home about to receive more than 150 Valentine’s cards from South Crosby Public School in Elgin. Speaking from the school in mid-February, Teacher Leanne Huffman, 45, says the cards are from seven classes, including her Senior Kindergarten and Grades 1/2 Class which she describes as ‘very busy, loving and kind’. Leanne says she got the idea for the cards while teaching procedural writing. “Because of COVID-19, the…
01
Feb
21
Cook retires from Gananoque nursing home after 24 years
Pat Carter makes the best cinnamon buns and butter tarts. Just ask the residents of Carveth Care Centre who have been enjoying her baking for the last quarter-century. Speaking from the home at the end of January 2021, the 68-year-old Gananoque woman reflects on her time at the home with pride. In less than five days, she will be retired after 24 years of service. “I liked it. It was good,” she said about her work at the popular home. “You get to meet a lot of people. The residents…
04
Jan
21
Hostess retires after almost 29 years at local nursing home
Elke Veley has seen a lot of changes in long-term care since she started working as a hostess almost 29 years ago. “We have some younger residents and more men,” the 69-year-old says from the home, two weeks before her retirement on Dec. 31, 2020. “It’s been an interesting career,” she says thoughtfully about her time working at Helen Henderson Care Centre in Amherstview. “There’s always something new happening here.” Married with three children and two grandchildren, Elke will be missed by the residents and staff. “Elke always seems to…