Stettler - 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.
First group outing since COVID is a real ‘Spirit’s Respite’
In the first group outing since COVID began, residents at Points West Living Stettler visited an animal therapy ranch about ten minutes north of town. They loved watching and interacting with the animals and children, and basking in the open air freedom of the ranch.
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.
Care partners ‘Beat the COVID Blues’
We’re all weary of COVID, but it is still a real threat we need to guard against. A recent outbreak at PWL Stettler drove that point home, with five care partners and three residents testing positive for the virus. The mandated room-isolation order that resulted for residents could have been disheartening, but employee care partners embraced it as a challenge to ‘Beat the COVID Blues’.
Heavenly music from award winning harpist
Sometimes small venues are treated to concert-hall quality music when their spot on the map fills an opening on a musician's tour. Residents at Points West Living Stettler were treated to just such an experience when award-winning harpist, Gianetta Baril stopped by in her performance-outfitted travelling van and gave three cottage recitals.
Snickerdoodle cheesecake bake-off a serious culinary challenge
The homey taste of a Snickerdoodle (cinnamon sugar cookie popular in the United States), has shown up as a signature ingredient in things like coffee creamer, ice cream, breakfast cereal, and now, home baking. Independent Living residents at Points West Living Stettler tested the limits recently with a Snickerdoodle cheesecake square bake-off.
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.