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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.
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.
Every-bunny’s a winner at PA Easter egg hunt
On Easter morning, residents of Points West Living Prince Albert had their very own Easter egg hunt. Some of the colourful plastic eggs held sweet treats and others contained prize tokens, for items that couldn’t fit in an egg.
Rapid Antigen Screening; another tool to use against COVID
Employee care partners across Points West Living are now able to take a swab to ensure residents’ safety. Rapid antigen detection devices use a nasal swab to test for the COVID virus, and provide the results within minutes. The screening is particularly useful in detecting the virus in people who show no symptoms. And apparently the process is not as icky as it looks!
Saint Patrick’s Day virtual variety show
The Points West Living and Connecting Care Saint Patrick’s day virtual variety show was, in the words of CEO Linda Revell, “a wonderful celebration of the end of winter, the beginning of spring, and a rejuvenation of everything green…”
Valentine’s Day Variety Show
Points West Living communities were clearly in the mood to celebrate love this month. That outpouring of affection and fun was on display in the latest Connecting Care production, a Valentine’s Day Variety Show. The production is polished, funny, touching, and smothered in hearts and kisses; and it’s still available to watch online.
Everyone gets a front row seat for live-streaming Folk Music Jamboree
Musicians from near and far contributed their talents to the latest live-stream virtual concert put on by Points West Living (and Connecting Care). Labeled a Folk Music Jamboree, the concert featured country, gospel, vintage sing-along, and some brand new folk music. One of the most popular sets featured the music of resident Evelyn Norberg.
Hospitality and food go hand in hand at Points West Living
In mid-January, hospitality and food service supervisors across Points West Living (and Connecting Care), gathered to talk about how to bring excellence to their communities. The annual Hospitality Conference is a place to catch up with colleagues, meet suppliers, brush up on techniques, and learn what’s new in the food industry. That’s what happened this year, except, rather than being together in a convention centre, everyone, including the hosts, took part sitting at their work or home computers.