In lives full of remarkable moments, we help create even more.
Whether it’s a brief encounter or a life changing event, these unique moments enrich lives. And we do everything we can to make them happen.
To give you an idea of how we can make a difference, here are Remarkable Moments from our home.
Our Remarkable Moments
Christmas Bazaar at Extendicare Michener HillThe Bazaar was a huge hit with our residents.
Resident Council President Rick Nowek and recreation staff enjoyed the excitement and business of our annual Christmas Bazaar. The Bazaar was a huge hit with our residents and involves a number of local private vendors who sell various crafts, jewelry, clothing, including homemade applesauce made by our staff and residents, and other knickknacks! At this year’s Christmas Bazaar all proceeds earned by the Rotary Club at the Bazaar were donated to our Resident Council.
Staff Awards at Extendicare Michener HillExtendicare Michener Hill awards are intended to give our award recipients recognition for their exemplary acts of compassion, professionalism and commitment to our residents.
Special guests attended our formal staff awards ceremony, Richard Nowek, President of our Resident Council, and Diane Lehr Chairperson of our Family Advisory Council, and MLA Kim Schreiner, Red Deer North, and Lenora Prather, AHS representative for Central Zone (Seniors Health). Our theme for the ceremony was “Recognizing Star Performers”. Our awards are intended to give our award recipients recognition for their exemplary acts of compassion, professionalism and commitment to our residents. These acts of kindness and compassion show how much they care, and we are proud to be able to give special recognition for their valuable contributions. This was an opportunity to extend ourcongrats to 121 of our staff receiving their five year service pin and to 6 individuals and teams who received formal awards. We sincerely acknowledge that it’s through our staff’s commitment and contributions that our residents are ensured a high quality of care, quality of life and a safe place to live.
Mrs. U's Social EngagementMrs. U. is in her 80’s and came to live with us after having suffered a stroke. At first she would not come out of her room, refused to participate at any level and her refusal to even talk was compounded by a language barrier.
Mrs. U. is in her 80’s and came to live with us after having suffered a stroke. At first she would not come out of her room, refused to participate at any level and her refusal to even talk was compounded by a language barrier. But with gentle persuasion and persistence, our Activities Staff was able, after about 6 months, to convince Mrs. U. to at least try. Working together with the physiotherapist, occupational therapist and recreational therapist we were able to bring her back and get her participating in programs. Now she is socially engaged with other residents and actively involved in a number of activities without the need for encouragement from us. In fact, it is sometimes hard to get her to go back to her room.
Mr. N: An Active ResidentMr. N. is in his early 50’s and confined to a wheelchair. In need of constant medical and physical care, he came to us with trepidation and struggled at first with his situation.
Mr. N. is in his early 50’s and confined to a wheelchair. In need of medical and physical care, he came to us with trepidation. Despite his physical limitations, Mr. N. is very intelligent and likes to be challenged and engaged mentally. Our Activities Staff was able to steer him in the direction of Residents Council as a way to channel his intelligence into a useful activity. Now he is President of Residents Council and is actively involved in fund raising activities and has taken charge of his situation. He has found his purpose at Extendicare and it has made all the difference.
Resident's Home InvolvementMr. S., in his mid 80’s, was always up by 7:00 am and waiting for breakfast to be served at 9:00 am. The difficulty was that during the 2 hour wait; he was susceptible to behavioural concerns.
Mr. S., in his mid 80’s, was always up by 7:00 am and waiting for breakfast to be served at 9:00 am. The difficulty was that during the 2 hour wait; he was susceptible to behavioural concerns. To distract him, the Activities Staff gave him the job of changing all the activity boards throughout the home. He loved having a job and began looking for more things to do. He’s now very involved in our home. He attends programs and acts as our “home photographer” and his pictures are featured on the activity boards. He acts as the unofficial buddy for all new residents. He introduces himself and makes sure they meet other residents and helps them get involved in activities. He has made it his personal goal to “motivate other residents to participate.” We think he is succeeding with flying colours.