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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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