Administrator has ‘changed Streamway Villa around significantly’

Kylie Szczebonski receives Inspired Leader award

In the three years since Kylie Szczebonski joined the Streamway Villa team, the Cobourg long-term care home’s administrator has shown top-notch leadership qualities that have made her the ideal recipient for this year’s Inspired Leader award, says Christina Verleysen.

Verleysen, Streamway Villa’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC), says Szczebonski has “changed Streamway Villa around significantly” through several policies and procedures she has spearheaded or helped bring to the home.

At the top of this list is her involvement with implementing Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) at Streamway Villa.

BSO is a $40-million provincial initiative to help enhance quality of life for seniors affected by dementia and other conditions that cause agitation. The funding, which is provided to long-term care homes through the province’s 14 Local Health Integration Networks, is largely put towards staff education.

Since Streamway Villa began its involvement with BSO in 2012, the home has seen a significant decrease in aggressive behaviours from residents affected by cognitive impairment, Verleysen points out.

In fact, during a one-month period in 2012, the home saw a 50 per cent reduction in responsive behaviours, including aggression, wandering, physical resistance and agitation.

“BSO was a huge thing,” Verleysen tells The OMNIway. “She (Szczebonski) went to head office and she helped with implementing of BSO. Our behaviours have decreased significantly since BSO was implemented.”

In addition to the policies she’s helped implement at Streamway Villa, Szczebonski has shown strong leadership by way of example, Verleysen says.

“She always has an open-door policy and she’s a very hard worker,” the LEC says. “She’s a very strong leader in that if you are unsure of anything you can go to her and she usually has the answer.”

Szczebonski and team members from 16 other OMNI Health Care long-term care homes were presented with Inspired Leader awards May 7 during the second annual Awards and Recognition Night at Fern Resort. The presentation was part of OMNI’s annual managers’ forum.

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