Seniors living well

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Creating an environment that supports seniors to be independent and thrive requires innovation, thoughtfulness and determination to confront stereotypes about what aging entails – like the flawed assumption that those with dementia aren’t able to enjoy participating in community in a meaningful way. The Butterfly Project at Villa Marie in Red Deer is working to dispel that myth. There, residents with dementia are encouraged to be involved in day-to-day activities of their home; like folding laundry or helping to prepare dinner. We have noted how residents enjoy social interaction and have a sense of purpose and value in their community.

Creating a space for residents and their families to share their ideas and concerns is also critical to ensuring seniors are active participants in their care. The Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre participated in a pilot for The Alberta Continuing Care Resident & Family Council Toolkit, which is designed to give family members and residents a voice to improve residents’ quality of life and care. Since then, the Edmonton General has been reinventing its resident and family councils to ensure residents have a stronger say and are encouraged to identify projects which are important to them like recreation and education opportunities.


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COUNCILS MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THOSE IN CARE

Residents at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre get a say about their care through resident and family councils. A council toolkit helps make it easier.

Read more on The Vital Beat.

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LEAVING SMILES AND GOOD MOODS BEHIND

The young and the young at heart come together to read, sing and more at Youville Home every week. Learn how these visits with children from an onsite daycare give residents a sense of purpose.

Read more on The Vital Beat.

 

Therapy rabbit becomes part of the Youville Home care team. Read the article on The Vital Beat.