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Competitive mother-daughter duo are step challenge champs

There was a lot of action in and around the Gibb household in August. Darcie Gibb, the Wellness & Safety Coordinator for Points West Living’s operations company Connecting Care, and her daughter Denna finished the Steps2MentalHealth walking challenge in the top two individual walker spots. It was very close.

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GM moves on to serve in an expanded way

After four years as general manager of Points West Living Peace River, David Haastrup is moving on – but not out. David is leaving to take on the position of Quality Assurance Auditor and Educator for PWL’s operations company, Connecting Care, which operates more than twenty supportive living communities in Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan.

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First steps already underway in walking challenge

On your marks, get set, go! The 2020 Olympic Games just wrapped up, and the 2021 version of #Steps2MentalHealth has just begun. Walkers started counting their steps on Sunday August 8th, and by Wednesday evening, we had already collectively clocked more than 8-million steps.

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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.

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Thrilling experiences through virtual reality

Residents at Points West Living Peace River are enjoying immersion in a world of travel and experience. So far they’ve visited the Caribbean, Rome and China. Some have ridden a roller coaster and walked with dinosaurs; all through the magic of virtual reality (VR).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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