model is like a household—nursing staffand residents all do chores and helpwith upkeep. The butterfly approachalso encourages care providers to seethe world through residents’ eyes. If aresident thinks a doll is their child, acaregiver helps them care for it ratherthan pointing out it’s a toy.
Other continuing care centres followthe Eden philosophy; staff help residentscare for each other, for pets and for themany plants and flowers at the centre.
With so many different ideas at workacross Alberta, it’s worth researchingwhich continuing care home is the bestfit for you or a loved one.
The Vegreville Care Centre is one ofAlberta’s continuing care spaces. It’s aprime example of how continuing careand supportive living centres serveresidents.
“Addressing fears regarding lossof connections or being able to do thethings they love is a large focus of arecreation department in any facility,”says Jennifer Jakubec, a recreationtherapist at the centre.
Staff get to know each resident and
chat with their family to learn about
their current or former hobbies and
passions. “One thing I love is our
ability to take a past activity and
make it a reality,” Jakubec says.
Outfitting a person’s room withpainting supplies, organizing weeklybingo games or booking kitchen spacefor a resident to bake bread are allexamples of recreation therapists andrecreation staff at work.
Mixing dough and smelling freshbread bake helped resident MaryFerence feel at home at the VegrevilleCare Centre. “I really enjoy the bakingprograms—I have always liked to bake,”she says. Baking also gives Ference achance to help others, another lifelongpassion.
Spending time with children alsohelps many of the residents. Youngchildren, often through school groups,make crafts, play games and performmusic and dances through the centre’sintergenerational program.
“Residents love these programs,”
Jakubec says. “They get to interact with
the children and watch all the fun energy
Mary Louise Pepper moved to the
Vegreville Care Centre in February and
relishes visits from children. “They
bring back lots of great memories,” says
the 79-year-old. Pepper has noticed that
the kids also benefit; the young visitors
have become much more comfortable
Staff also organize regular exerciseclasses such as the twice weekly Fun
& Fitness sessions, a series of stretchesand range-of-motion exercises withequipment. Cognitive activities arebuilt into the sessions to stimulate andstretch the brain alongside the body.Floor curling is one of Martha Kereluk’sfavourite sports. The 96-year-old findsthe centre’s exercise programs rewardingfor a variety of reasons. “They arebeneficial and fun to do,” Kereluk says.“I enjoy the opportunities to socialize.”
The Vegreville Care Centre is alsomusical: Hymn Sing and Sing-A-longoffer residents the opportunity to singtogether and bands perform at the centrethree or four times a month.
“We are very fortunate to have a huge
volunteer band base,” Jakubec says.
“The performances are special to many
residents, especially those who once
played instruments. Plus, music is a
great reminiscing tool and can foster lots
of positive energy.”
The centre also hosts monthly birthday
are important to us
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