DOC brings experience working with residents who have behavioural challenges

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Doneath Stewart was already familiar with Frost Manor when she started her position in Sept.

LINDSAY, Ont. – A key strength Doneath Stewart has brought to her position as director of care (DOC) at Frost Manor is extensive background working with residents who have behavioural challenges.

Before joining Frost Manor’s management team in September, Stewart worked at another Lindsay long-term care home, Victoria Manor, as the behavioural support co-ordinator. In this position, she also provided assistance to Frost Manor to help work with residents with behavioural challenges, which eased the transition, she says.

“I had a relationship going (with Frost Manor) already, … so walking in, I already knew what some of the challenges were,” Stewart tells The OMNIway.

Having this background is especially important in today’s long-term care sector, which is seeing a spike in younger residents with complex behavioural issues brought on by conditions other than dementia, such as schizophrenia, she says.

Stewart says she has enjoyed working at Frost Manor in her first four months, adding that what she likes best is the exceptional camaraderie among team members.

“What stands out for me is how everyone works together as a team; it feels more like a family (than a workplace),” she says. “Everyone here has been very warm and has welcomed me, and the residents are awesome.”

Interestingly, Stewart’s professional career was not always in health care.

“I started in banking but I always wanted to be a nurse,” she says. “I always had this longing.”

After a few years working in the banking sector, Stewart received her registered practical nurse qualifications from Sheridan College and then earned her registered nursing degree from Ryerson University.

She says her career change was the right move.

“I was working in banking but I wasn’t fulfilled; I knew it isn’t what I wanted, so I made the switch,” she says.

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