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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…
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Nov
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Marking the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI
Tammy Kean knows it is foolish and wrong to mourn the brave men and women who have died defending our country. Rather, she is grateful that such people lived. Speaking from Carveth Care Centre where she works as an Activity Aide, Tammy is passionate about honouring Canadian veterans. “They’re all so humble, they don’t think they did anything special,” she says gently about the hundreds of veterans who have lived in the retirement lodge and long-term care home. “Carveth has been home to veterans from every war,” she says thoughtfully.…
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Nov
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November is Fall Prevention Month
Anyone can fall. But as we age, our risk of falling becomes greater. That’s the bad news. The good news is that falls can be prevented. The first step to avoiding falls is to understand what causes them. For example, poor balance, decreased muscle and bone strength, reduced vision or hearing, and unsafe conditions in and around your room can increase your chances of falling. Staying safe and on your feet is a matter of taking steps to protect yourself. What can you do to help prevent falls?
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Nov
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Illness steals function, not dignity, of local man fighting for his life
Gary Paquin felt alive when he held a set of drumsticks. Feeling the music pulse through his body, he played the drums with passion and pleasure. Like his father and brother, music was a large part of his life; tap a beat for the musicians around him and give the crowd a great show. He played for years. Traveling from coast-to-coast with several recording artists in Canada. But that all changed when a tick hiding in the fur of his cat returned home and infected him with Lyme Disease. Gary…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…