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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.

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…
24
Jul
18
The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire
James Feeney is burning with a passion that is fireproof. Deputy Chief with Loyalist Township Emergency Services, Feeney is proud of the department he has served for 18 years. “It’s awesome,” says the former Correctional Service of Canada worker. “It is one of the most composite fire departments in Ontario, if not Canada.” Speaking from a fire hall in Amherstview in the summer of 2018, Feeney, 43, is clearly passionate about the vibrant department that extends to Bath, Odessa and Amherst Island. “We get a mixture of calls,” explains the…
09
Jul
18
Long-term care home rated excellent
An official review by Accreditation Canada of a long-term care home in Amherstview is full of good news. “We’re delighted with the recent review by Accreditation Canada,” said Angela Gibson, Assistant Administrator of Helen Henderson Care Centre. Located in Amherstview, the home was inspected by two surveyors June 6 & 7. Helen Henderson Care Centre earned a score of 96 per cent which is close to exemplary. This means it meets or exceeds the provincial standards of long-term care. “You have done exceedingly well,” said Senior Surveyor Linda Hanford. “These…
This fall, find safe and comfortable retirement living at Helen Henderson Retirement Lodge where residents and staff are friendly, happy and fun. The lodge is fully accredited and offers AFFORDABLE assisted living. Rooms are available now - just call Audrey Young to book a free tour at (613) 384-4585 ext. 233.
03
Jul
18
Home names resident of the year
A local nursing home has chosen its Resident of the Year. Helen Whaley, 85, was presented the award at Carveth Care Centre on June 28. Born in Brockville, the mother of three says she doesn’t know how she won. “I don’t know how that happened,” she says with a modest laugh about winning the coveted title. A resident of the accredited long-term care home since Dec. 1, 2017, Helen lives there with her husband, Tom, who moved to Carveth seven months before her. “My husband was born and raised in…
25
Jun
18
Dreams come true for worker at Carveth Care Centre
Darcy Greenaway is about to embark on the biggest adventure of his life. A highly accomplished 25-year-old, the former Kingston Frontenac and Queen’s Gael is about to embark on a professional hockey career in Europe. It is a dream come true for a man who dreams big. “I’m very excited,” says Darcy during a break from his maintenance work at Carveth Care Centre, an accredited retirement lodge and long-term care home in Gananoque where he has worked for the past five summers. Born and raised in Wilton, a small community…