Garden Terrace BSO champion’s work with residents earns her Everyday Hero Award

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Sandra Goddard’s colleagues commend her thoughtfulness, dedication to residents and skills

Garden Terrace managers describe personal support worker (PSW) Sandra Goddard as a hard-working, resident-focused team member who is always looking out for residents’ best interests. Read more

Garden Terrace resident recognized for turning tragedy into triumph

Garden Terrace resident Cathleen Lavoie (middle) was presented with the home’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at a recent ceremony.arden Terrace resident Cathleen Lavoie (middle) was presented with the home’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at a recent ceremony.

Cathleen Lavoie moved into LTC seven years ago after an act of domestic violence changed her life. But her true story is one of redemption, perseverance and compassion

Garden Terrace resident Cathleen Lavoie has overcome a lot of challenges in the past 10 years. Her perseverance and continued compassion for others following a life-altering incident was recently acknowledged by the Kanata long-term care home.

Cathleen was the victim of a horrific act of domestic violence in 2008 that made national headlines when her ex-boyfriend shot her in the neck. The mother of three survived the attack but was paralyzed from the chest down. As a result of her injury, Cathleen required long-term care and moved into Garden Terrace more than seven years ago.

But this is not what Cathleen’s story is about.

Her story is one of redemption, compassion and not allowing the circumstances of a tragedy to dominate her life, say Garden Terrace team members.

“(Cathleen) is someone who has struggled to come back from certain death in an extremely traumatic occurrence. She has not only succeeded in that but has made her time on this earth dedicated to making her family and friends and acquaintances feel appreciated and loved,” says Garden Terrace director of care Chris Ritchie.

For her triumph in dealing with challenges, Cathleen has been named Garden Terrace’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. The award, which is presented to people living in OMNI Health Care long-term care homes who have demonstrated commitment to others, their home and country, was presented during a Nov. 8 ceremony at the home.

Cathleen, Chris says, stays in touch with family and friends, and she has made many friends at Garden Terrace. She is “always dressed beautifully, and her smile is so infectious,” Chris adds.

“This amazing woman is strong and wise and sets the bar very high for women who come in her path as she has overcome hardships most of us can only imagine,” Chris says.

“She not only paves our way to follow in her example of strength, love and compassion, but she shows us how to be great and lead our community here at Garden Terrace.”

Administrator Christine Schyf commends Cathleen for her positive outlook on life. Cathleen, who continues to work part time, has chosen not to be bitter about what has happened to her but is instead forgiving.

“She has made the choice not to live with bitterness but to treat others how they would want to be treated: with compassion and respect,” she says.

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Elaine Goldberg’s co-workers say her willingness to help others and friendliness are her top attributes

Garden Terrace team member Elaine Goldberg (centre) is pictured here receiving the home’s Everyday Hero Award during a Nov. 8 ceremony.

For these reasons, Elaine was nominated for and received Garden Terrace’s 2018 Everyday Hero Award

Elaine Goldberg’s colleagues at Garden Terrace describe her as a helpful member of the Kanata long-term care home’s environmental services team who is highly organized and always carries a positive attitude. Read more

Village Green hosts launch party for Better Seniors’ Care campaign

Village Green administrator Linda Pierce is seen here at an information table during the home’s launch party for the OLTCA’s Better Seniors’ Care campaign on Oct. 26.

The home’s choir performed for guests during kickoff event dubbed Music on the Green

Village Green kicked off its support for the Ontario Long Term Care Association’s (OLTCA’s) annual Better Seniors’ Care letter-writing campaign with an event that featured music from the Selby long-term care home’s resident choir as well as information tables to educate people about the importance of sending signed letters to MPPs in support of improvements to the long-term care sector ahead of the 2019-20 budget. Read more

MPP visits Garden Terrace, hands out awards, discusses Better Seniors’ Care campaign

Kanata-Carleton MPP Merrilee Fullerton (far left) was at Garden Terrace Nov. 8 to help hand out Circle of Radiance awards and meet with residents and staff.

‘It was heartwarming to meet residents and such dedicated staff,’ tweets Merrilee Fullerton

Kanata-Carleton MPP Merrilee Fullerton was at Garden Terrace Nov. 8 to show her support for the Ottawa-area long-term care home, to assist handing out Circle of Radiance awards and to participate in the launch of the Better Seniors’ Care letter-writing campaign at the home. Read more

Door murals adding to community feel at Garden Terrace while guiding residents to their rooms

Hallway has ‘become a vibrant neighbourhood with residents living behind their unique front door’

The OMNIway recently told you about how murals of bookshelves painted on three doors at Garden Terrace have helped reduce exit-seeking behaviours and agitation in residents with cognitive impairment. Today’s story is about how murals on doors are also helping residents find their way at the Ottawa-area long-term care home. Read more

Diversion doors are preventing exit-seeking behaviours at Garden Terrace

Bookshelf murals on 3 doors are having a positive impact, say staff and families

Since three “diversion doors” were painted at Garden Terrace 16 months ago, agitation caused by exit-seeking has been reduced in residents with cognitive impairment who are living at the Ottawa-area long-term care home, say staff members. Read more

Door decorating contest takes Garden Terrace Christmastime festivities taken up a notch

Pictured above, two door decorations at Garden Terrace. The gingerbread house design was created by team member Ania Skirlo, and the Santa is the work of Melanie Llagas.

The Garden Terrace team hosted a door-decorating challenge to add to the festivities at the Kanata, Ont., long-term care home this year as well as to spruce up rooms with creative yuletide decorations. Read more

Everyday Hero Kellie Bennett recognized for her residents-first approach at Garden Terrace

Garden Terrace 2017 Inspired Leadership Award recipient Karen Paquette (left) and Everyday Hero recipient Kellie Bennett (right) hold their awards alongside assistant director of care Michelle Dawson.

Garden Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Sylvia Monette sits in her office, watching life enrichment aide Kellie Bennett leading the Moving to Music program. Sylvia sees that the activity room is full of residents who are loudly singing with Kellie. All are doing their exercises and smiling. Read more

Garden Terrace residents team up with local students to carve Halloween pumpkins

Pictured above, Garden Terrace residents and Holy Trinity Catholic High School students spent the afternoon of Oct. 31 carving pumpkins.

Intergenerational activity results in fun and laughter for everyone

A group of 24 students from Holy Trinity Catholic High School stopped by Garden Terrace on Oct. 31 to help residents carve pumpkins and get into the Halloween spirit ahead of the annual party at the Kanata long-term care home. Read more