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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.

31
Mar
17
Dishpan hands and strong character earn Millhaven woman workplace award
Connie Jensen knows dirty dishes have a story to tell. A dishwasher at Helen Henderson Care Centre for the past 28 years, Connie knows a dirty dish is a sign of a good meal enjoyed by a hungry resident. “I’ve done more dishes than anyone in this place,” says the 56-year-old with a smile. Born in Odessa, the mother of four currently lives in Millhaven, a short drive from the accredited retirement and long-term care home in the heart of Amherstview. Raised in a family that values hard work, Connie’s…
28
Mar
17
Health care worker heals through friendship and love
Victoria McGuire knows the greatest healing therapy is friendship and love. Sitting at her workplace on a rainy afternoon near the end of March, the 37-year-old smiles brightly when asked about her life. “I’m a self-proclaimed hippy,” she says with a laugh. “I’m all about love. I prefer to be barefoot by the water with my dog and kid.” Dressed in a shirt covered with bright flowers, Victoria seems unbothered by the stolen glances of onlookers at the tattoos covering her arms. The colours are vibrant and the images are…
08
Mar
17
Nursing home earns praise for quality of care
A nursing home in the Kingston area that provides health care to more than 100 residents is earning praise from the community. A recent survey revealed 100 per cent of family members (who responded) are satisfied with the care provided to their loved ones at Helen Henderson Care Centre. This exceptionally high rating has sent a ripple of satisfaction through the home. “We’re very pleased to hear the care and service provided to residents by staff meets the approval of families,” says Sue Reynolds, Director of Care. “This survey proves…
27
Feb
17
The power of bunny therapy
Janet King loves rabbits. Sitting in her apartment in Gananoque a few weeks before Easter, she whispers lovingly to the white rabbit with black spots nestled in her lap. Her bright smile and kind voice encourage the rabbit to lean back into her hands and vibrate its feet. It’s a sign the rabbit is happy which makes her laugh. Telling the rabbit it is a funny bunny and a big lopper-doodle, she says softly, “They’re like people. They’re my babies, they really are. They’re spoiled rotten.” Talking from her living…
21
Feb
17
Activity Professional recognized for kind and friendly manner
Amy Heddon knows the desire to conquer, the need to discover and the capacity to grow-through-experience, lies in the heart of a boy. “They’re my biggest challenge,” the Lansdowne woman says with a smile about her three sons ages seven to 15. Looking happy and relaxed, the 37-year-old describes her children as busy and fun. She credits them with teaching her patience. Talking from her workplace on Valentine’s Day in 2017, she also credits her work at Carveth Care Centre with a great deal of her personal and professional growth.…
21
Feb
17
Activity Professional fills the world with the colour of her happiness
Renée Alaver may be completely colour blind, but that doesn’t stop her from filling the world with the colour of her happiness. “I’m severely colour blind which is rare for girls,” says the 32-year-old Kingston woman from Helen Henderson Care Centre, an accredited nursing home in Amherstview where she has worked for the past eight months as an Activity Aide. “My friends always ask me what colour I see,” she says with feigned outrage. “It’s not a fair game though. I can’t tell.” Sitting in an activity room in the…
02
Feb
17
Dutchman grows good things around him
Paul Doornbos is a typical Dutchman. He likes to grow good things around him. “I tell people I’m the quintessential Dutch mafia,” says the first-generation Canadian of Dutch immigrants. “I’ve worked at both horticultural and agricultural.” Growing up on the family farm in St. Catharines, Ontario, Paul was exposed to horticultural at a young age through the family garden & plant nursery. “Everything I know about flowers, I learned from the ground-up,” he admits. “I remember, as a child, leaving the house early in the morning and loading into the…
01
Feb
17
Helping others one stitch at a time
Marg Worth doesn’t need to leave her house to help others. Sitting on a couch in her sunroom located at the back of her home in Gananoque, the 81-year-old wraps teddy bears in hand-knitted sweaters to the sound of music playing in the background. The scene is warm and inviting as the soft afternoon sun fills the air. It is a perfect reflection of the depth of Marg’s contentment. Working quietly at her own pace at an art she learned from her mother, Marg concentrates as she lines up the…
20
Jan
17
Campaign launched to replenish beds at Carveth Care Centre
A fundraising campaign has been launched to purchase new beds and mattresses for residents of a long-term care home in Gananoque. Launched on Jan. 20 by Gibson Family Health Care Charitable Foundation, the campaign will improve the health and safety of seniors at Carveth Care Centre by replacing outdated medical equipment. Owned and operated by the Gibson family of Gananoque, Carveth Care Centre is working to replace 40 older style specialty beds & mattresses with state-of-the-art equipment designed for wound care and for people who are at risk of falling.…
20
Jan
17
Nurse Practitioner brings skills to Helen Henderson Care Centre
Karin Fisher is living proof, if you want something done, ask a busy person. Speaking on a cold morning in January 2017, Karin smiles brightly when asked about her new role as Nurse Practitioner at Helen Henderson Care Centre. Only 36 years old, the mother of four earned her license in late 2016 after years of intense study and hard work. She started her new role at the home in early 2017.        “I went to nursing school to learn how to deliver babies,” the petite blond says with a smile…