Penticton - News
See the Wonders of the World in this summer's #Steps2MentalHealth challenge
Points West Living communities are preparing to take part in the second annual #Steps2MentalHealth challenge, and we’re looking for friends and family members to join us. Last summer, the event created a real sense of accomplishment, togetherness, and vitality within and among our communities. This summer, our steps will carry us on a shared journey of wonder.
A Tims Moment
In Points West Living communities, Eden Moments recognize and celebrate the ‘aha’ moments when residents experience freedom from the 3 plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom. But those moments are not just for residents, as a recent surprise delivery at PWL Athens Creek in Penticton illustrates.
Tattoos and brews help to beat the heat
It was the start of an Okanagan heat wave, but indoors, the drinks and ink were cool, as residents at Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton offered up their arms and legs as canvasses. Fortunately, while the body art was detailed and colourful, the tattoos were temporary, so this was a pain-free event.
Vaccinations give residents more freedom
While changing provincial regulations don’t exactly fling open the doors of designated supportive living homes, fully vaccinated residents and employees are experiencing a freedom they haven’t seen in over a year. This is positive news for residents of Points West Living communities, where the COVID-19 vaccination rate has been particularly high.
Alberta relaxes visiting restrictions in supportive living homes
As of May 10th, due in part to a successful vaccination program, Alberta’s supportive living homes are opening to visitors once again. CMOH (Chief Medical Officer of Health) Order 16-2021 lays out updated regulations which allow for a higher number of ‘designated essential visitors’ and for social visitors. A majority of residents must vote in favour of sharing designated common areas with social visitors.
Mothers Day feast, flowers, and favourites
In the days leading up to Mothers Day the women of Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton were asked to make a list their favourite things. Then on Mothers Day, along with a special luncheon, each lady received a single carnation, and saw their lists on the community notice board, posted as a garden of colourful flowers.
It’s all about respect
At the recent Points West Living - Connecting Care Spring Conference, participants enjoyed a panel discussion on Ageism. Each of the three panel guests has chosen to live in an Independent Living retirement community, and spoke of experiences that have come along with that move.
Teamwork and perseverance are moving COVID ‘mountains’
General managers, team leaders, and others from across Points West Living and Connecting Care gathered recently to meet, catch their breath and regroup. It’s been more than a year since COVID-19 emerged as a deadly threat, and triggered a revolution in the way we live. The April 21-22 virtual conference offered affirmation, support, and motivation to those frontline leaders who put life-saving protocols into place while nurturing the spirit of those in their care.
Residents’ experience shared in song
Alberta recording artist Kym Simon has contributed much to lift spirits of residents of Points West Living and Connecting Care communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with other professional and lay performers, she has taken part in several virtual concerts streamed into communities. In April, Kym put her song writing talent to work by creating couple of songs.
A peaceful walking tour of Northern Ireland
Residents and employee care partners at Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton are taking advantage of clear spring weather to do a walking tour of Northern Ireland. The tour is ‘virtual’ but the steps are very real.