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carveth helen henderson seniors healthcare centresThe latest news features for Gibson Family Health Care or Carveth and Helen Henderson Care Centres.

18
Sep
17
Couple celebrates 72 years of marriage
It may not be the longest marriage in history, but it could be the happiest. Margaret and Bill Campsall of Helen Henderson Retirement Lodge celebrated a remarkable milestone last Friday. On that day - 72 years ago - they were married. To celebrate their anniversary, Bill, 93 and Margaret, 89, went to a country dance where they wowed the crowd with their two-step. Looking happy and healthy two days after their anniversary, the lovebirds smile brightly and reveal their secret to a long and happy marriage: Don't go to bed…
14
Sep
17
Nursing home residents ready for Terry Fox Run this Sunday
A local nursing home will be joining the fight against cancer this Sunday when residents gather at the start line of the 2017 Terry Fox Run. “This event means a lot to our home because many residents have lost someone they love to cancer,” says Shannon Buell, Activity Director at Carveth Care Centre. “We have one resident who looks forward to this event every year. Brian Patterson (pictured left) is confined to a wheelchair and has been supporting the Terry Fox Run for years. He’s incredibly passionate about this fundraiser.…
07
Sep
17
Theatre arts workshop for seniors generates fun and laughter
Sometimes the world of make-believe can bring-out the best in a person. Just ask Dalia Gesser, a theatre arts teacher from Battersea. “I used to perform my own clown, mime and mask-shows and toured all over Ontario for 20 years, performing for schools, libraries, festivals and theatre series,” says the petite 58-year-old with a smile. “In the late 1990s, I began to shift my theatre arts focus to arts/education. I received a bunch of Artists in Education grants from the Ontario Arts Council which allowed me to bring theatre arts…
30
Aug
17
Young nurse has old soul
Megan Peterson is a young woman with an old soul. Only 26 years old, Megan has been helping seniors for the past two years at Helen Henderson Care Centre. Looking around the accredited long-term care home on a warm afternoon in August, the Registered Nurse talks about her work helping the elderly. “The residents have taught me a lot more than I have taught them,” she says kindly. “I like the work. I really do.” Known for her helpful nature and friendly demeanour, Megan smiles brightly when told she is…
25
Aug
17
Retirement homes host Open House this fall
Two retirement homes in South East Ontario are showcasing their award winning programs and services at an open house this fall. Carveth Retirement Lodge in Gananoque and Helen Henderson Retirement Lodge in Amherstview are opening their doors to the public on Sept. 24 from 1 to 4 pm. This Fall Open House is part of a province-wide initiative by the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) to showcase services for people looking for assisted living. The open house will also introduce residents and dedicated & dynamic staff. Featuring the taste, sound…
24
Jul
17
From Poland to Canada, local woman’s journey ends in happiness
The road that brought Krystyna Sikora to Canada, started in Poland and ended in happiness. “Every time I go back to Poland, I know I made the right decision to move to Canada,” says the 56-year-old Gananoque woman in the summer of 2017. “Canada is my home now.” Smiling brightly at Carveth Care Centre, a retirement and long-term care home in Gananoque where she has worked for more than 20 years, Krystyna and her husband uprooted to give their children greater opportunities. Little did she know that she would accomplish…
21
Jul
17
Health care worker recognized for three decades of extraordinary service
When Sonia Beaulieu started working at a nursing home 30 years ago, her mother gave her advice that has stood the test of time. “At one point, my mother and two sisters worked here,” says the attractive 54-year-old. “When I first started working here as a Personal Support Worker (PSW), my mother said these seniors could be our relatives and we need to look at them that way. She told me to treat these people with respect and kindness. That thought has always been first and foremost in my mind.”…
10
Jul
17
Theatre show hits right button with resident
Irene Firlotte has been looking for her smile since she moved to a nursing home in 2016. Almost one year later, she found it. Waiting patiently in an activity room on June 20, Irene came to life during a performance by the Thousand Islands Playhouse. “It was interesting,” said the 91-year-old about the play, Daisy Amazed Me. “When I lived in Kingston, we used to go to the playhouse in Gananoque. I loved it.” Sitting in her room a few days later, Irene admits the performance has been the highlight…
28
Jun
17
Home celebrates acts of kindness
Sometimes it’s the little things that make a BIG difference. Growing on the wall in a nursing home in Amherstview is a tree with more than 150 acts of kindness blossoming from its branches. Almost everyone who passes the wall, stops and stares. “There’s a lot of teamwork stuff here which is nice,” says Renée Alaver, an award winning Activity Aide at the home. “You don’t always hear these comments. It’s nice to see them in writing.” The brainchild of Donna Joudoin, Activity Director at Helen Henderson Care Centre in…
21
Jun
17
Home celebrates Seniors’ Month with Spa Day
Residents at Helen Henderson Care Centre were pampered this month in a big way. Treated to a Spa Day in celebration of June - Seniors’ Month, the pampering was a big hit with residents who received facials, manicures, hand massages and wide selection of games and food. “The theme this month is Living Your Best Life,” confirms Donna Joudoin, Activity Director. “We decided to pamper our residents with a Spa Day to help them live their best life.” An accredited retirement and long-term care home in Amherstview, Helen Henderson Care…