S&R communities using collaboration to enhance the resident experience

LTC and senior living communities have embarked on many initiatives that include partnering with outside organizations
7/5/2019  - Deron Hamel

Forming outside partnerships is a valuable tool Steeves & Rozema long-term care and senior living communities have been embracing to enhance quality of life for their residents.

S&R communities have embarked on several partnerships recently that range from enhancing social opportunities for residents and delivering intergenerational programming to residents, to an initiative designed to enhance care delivery across the greater health-care sector.

The St. Andrew’s Terrace team joined forces with three other long-term care communities in southwestern Ontario – Trinity Village, Caressant Care Fergus and The Elliott Community – in May to deliver a 1950s- and 1960s-style rock ’n’ roll dance to their residents.

Residents and team members from these homes gathered at The Elliott Community in Guelph for the dance, which featured live entertainment and refreshments. The event was a hit with all who attended, St. Andrew’s Terrace life enrichment manager Sara Byma tells S&R Today.

Life enrichment managers from the four long-term care communities worked together to plan the dance.

“All in all, it was an awesome afternoon, and something we have never done before,” Sara says. “On the way home, our group decided we are going to be next to host another event like this at St Andrew’s Terrace.”

An intergenerational collaboration hatched by Landmark Village and Sarnia Christian School is bringing a twice-per-month program to Landmark Village that sees Grade 4 students engaging with residents and learning new things from another generation.

Residents are enjoying the reminiscing the program brings them.

“It’s amazing to see the smiles on both the residents’ and kids’ faces,” says Landmark Village fun co-ordinator Brent Hart. “I’ve noticed that no matter what the activity is, if a child approaches a resident they are always happy to give it a try.”

Games are a favourite activity for the residents and children during their get-togethers, Brent adds. Jenga, crokinole, Connect Four and Chinese checkers are among the games the seniors and students play.

Westmount Gardens in May launched an exciting initiative with the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) to help improve best practice guidelines through its Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) quality improvement implementation program.

The London, Ont. long-term care community’s BPSO team for the next three years will be focusing on four RNAO best practice guidelines to enhance health care in Ontario.

These include:

Person- and family-centred care

Falls prevention and reducing injuries from falls


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