Home administrator Karen Dann says it takes a special kind of doctor to work in LTC, and Dr. Whynot is perfect for the job
Dr. Andrew Whynot, who has been Country Terrace’s physician for more than 10 years, recently received the 2019 Long-Term Care Physician of the Year Award from the Ontario Long Term Care Clinicians (OLTCC).
Karen Dann, the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home’s administrator, says the honour could not have gone to a more deserving doctor.
“Dr. Whynot is an incredible doctor,” she tells The OMNIway. “He is so kind and patient and knowledgeable, but he also takes the time to listen to everyone. You can tell he really cares about everybody who lives here, and that’s why he does what he does.”
Long-term care homes can nominate their physicians for the award each year. The award recognizes a member of the OLTCC “who demonstrates exemplary patient care in the long-term care setting,” the OLTCC says in a statement.
Karen says it takes a special kind of doctor to care for people living in long-term care homes, and Dr. Whynot is well-suited for the job.
Dr. Whynot, Karen says, has successfully built strong relationships with Country Terrace residents and their families.
“The residents get to know who he is and he remembers everything about them and their families, and he remembers little details about their lives,” she says.
“He has a really good rapport with everybody here. He just wants to be here, and that’s very evident in his practice.”
Dr. Whynot made the decision about eight years ago to move from his family practice into practising medicine in long-term care homes full time.
Working with long-term-care home residents is a way Dr. Whynot says he can make a noticeable difference in people’s lives.
Moving into a long-term care home can create challenges for residents and their families, and Dr. Whynot says it’s “a privilege” to be in a position to help people make that transition – and he says this is one of the driving factors that led him to care for people living in long-term care homes.
Dr. Whynot received his award from the OLTCC in December. He says he is touched that the homes he works with nominated him.
“I was very humbled and very honoured,” he says.
If you have a story you would like to share with The OMNIway, please contact the newsroom at deron(at)axiomnews.com.
If you have feedback on this story, please call the newsroom at deron(at)axiomnews.com.