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A philosophy of care that Celebrates the Human Spirit

In many Residential across the country, loneliness,mentation helplessness andAlternative boredomphilosophy account offor the bulkViews, of suffering In many ResidentialCare Care facilities facilities across the country, loneliness, of the Eden care at The its helplessness and boredom account for the bulk of suffering among the Residential Care facility. among the elderly. elderly.

This philosophy improves the human condition by creating a commu-

a senior living carefacility facility can in good health physically, nity where life revolves around close and continuing contact with plants, WhileWhile a senior living inina acare canbebe in good health physically, the three “plagues” mentioned above can affect the human the three “plagues” mentioned above can affect the human spirit, and animals and children, and it’s these relationships that provide a pathway spirit, and might lead to depression, increased frailty, and even death. might lead to depression, increased frailty, and even death. This Christmas Joseph’s Hospital Hospital is proud to announce its impleThis Christmas St. St. Joseph’s is proud to announce its

to a life worth living.

continued page implementation of the Eden Alternative philosophy ofoncare at2 The Views, its Residential Care facility. This philosophy improves the human condition by creating a community where life revolves around close and continuing contact with plants, animals and children, and it’s these relationships that provide a pathway to a life worth living.

Elements of the Eden Philosophy include: • loving companionship as the antidote to loneliness with easy access to human and animal companionship, • having the opportunity to give, as well as receive, care as the antidote to helplessness, • and understanding that the antidote to boredom is filling daily life with meaningful activities and having an


EDEN AT ST . JOSEPH’S continued

Elements of the Eden Philosophy include: • loving companionship as the antidote to loneliness with easy access to human and animal companionship, • having the opportunity to give, as well as receive, care as the antidote to helplessness, • and understanding that the antidote to boredom is filling daily life with meaningful activities and having an environment filled with variety and spontaneity. “It’s important that we turn our institution volunteers.” into a true home for our seniors,” says Michael “Everyone is a contributing member in the Aikins, Executive Director of The Views. “We want community. Eden brings awareness to all that this our staff to focus on ourTheresidents’ abilities, not is home to our residents.” As you know, Comox ultimate vision for Eden at The Views is to move to a Human Habitat and away from a medical institutional culture. Creating a person-centered care modelto is a never-ending process. Decisions willValley be based on the input from residents, andis processes that their inabilities. Aging doesn’t need be a time healthcare evolving to meet the growing will be implemented include an enhanced dining experience, participation in youth programs, the introduction of customized technology with specialized, easy to use applications, taking care of pets and contributing to the community as a whole. of decline, but rather a time to grow by creating needs of our community and this includes St. Jane Murphy is excited about the future vision and shares, a meaningful habitat in “As which our can will continue to operate with a the President & CEO residents of St. Joseph’s as well as someone who hasJoseph’s, a loved one living inwhich Residential Care, seeing this vision come to fruition is especially meaningful for me. With the support of our wonderful community, we can create Eden here at The that feeds theirto spirit,expand and truly gives their meaning live life to the fullest.” Views, and give our community’s seniors the gift of living in a home vision inlivesthe areas of Residential and and purpose.” Already, Eden philosophies been impleafter acute care services move to Please considerhave making a donation to Residential Care this ChristmasHospice and help bring EdenCare to The Views. We sincerely thank you for your support, and from our hearts and homes to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy, mented at The Views. There is a pet budgie living the new hospital next fall. healthy 2017. in Oceanview, as well as art therapy, gardening, St. Joseph’s goal is to develop an innovative fish tanks, pet therapy and a variety of intergencampus of care for seniors, with the first phase erational programs. Throughout the implementa- of these plans including a new, purpose-built tion of many programs, residents are given choice residential and hospice building that will reflect and opportunity for purposeful activity. this new Eden philosophy of care while meeting “Having the Eden philosophy at The Views current standards, such as single rooms, secure gives meaning and purpose to residents,” says outdoor access and designs that support resiBrenda Phillips, Director of Resident Lifestyles dents with dementia. and Community Programs at The Views. “They The ultimate vision for Eden at The Views is to have a reason to get up in the morning and enmove to a Human Habitat and away from a medgage in relationships. These relationships come ical institutional culture. Creating a person-cenfrom our youth in the community, from staff, from tered care model is a never-ending process. Defamily members as well as our many wonderful cisions will be based on the input from residents,

and processes that will be implemented include an enhanced dining experience, participation in youth programs, the introduction of customized technology with specialized, easy to use applications, taking care of pets and contributing to the community as a whole. Jane Murphy is excited about the future vision and shares, “As the President & CEO of St. Joseph’s as well as someone who has a loved one living in Residential Care, seeing this vision come to fruition is especially meaningful for me. With the support of our wonderful community, we can create Eden here at The Views, and give our community’s seniors the gift of living in a home that feeds their spirit, and truly gives their lives meaning and purpose.” Please consider making a donation to Residential Care this Christmas and help bring Eden to The Views. We sincerely thank you for your support, and from our hearts and homes to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy 2017.

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“With the opening of the new Comox Valley Hospital in the fall of 2017, and St. Joseph’s continuing to provide care with compassion to residents of The Views and Hospice after services move to the new hospital, we will continue to fundraise for our community’s healthcare needs with your continued support.”

COMOX VALLEY HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION

Will the Foundation have an office at St. Joseph’s site in the future? YES. The Foundation will still have an office at the St. Joseph’s site, and will also have an office at the new Comox Valley Hospital. the Tree of Life will continue to ‘grow’ at St. Joseph’s, while a new cumulative donor recognition wall will represent our loyal donors at the new hospital.

Can I continue to donate to St. Joseph’s after the new hospital opens? YES. When you donate to Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation, ou can designate your donation or will and estate gifts to Residential Care or Hospice at St. Joseph’s, as well as the new Comox Valley Hospital. Just like we did under the name St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, we will continue to honour the areas of care that mean the most to our donors, now and in the future at St. Joseph’s and the new Comox Valley Hospital.

Why did St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation change its name? St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation changed its name to Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation this past June to reflect the diversity of healthcare facilities it will now support in the community, including the Take Heart Breathe Well cardio-pulmonary wellness program out of the Comox Community Centre. As we have done since 1993, our Foundation will continue to fund the Comox Valley’s healthcare needs where government funding stops, and we will strive to provide the best healthcare possible for you and your loved ones through private donations, grants, events, corporate support and will and estate gifts. We appreciate your ongoing support as we continue to meet the growing healthcare needs in our community.

Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation Board Members, left to right: Henning Larsen, Marianne Dufresne, Patti Fletcher, Brenda Kelm, Robert Mulrooney and Bill Anglin. Missing: Colleen Sawyer and Colleen Hay. Also featured, Jane Murphy, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital. Foundation Staff, left to right: Katie Maximick, Lynn Dashkewytch and Meghan Liddle  (photo by Jim Peacock).

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

TODAY AND TOMORROW In June 2016, the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation changed its name to Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation. This was done to represent the expanding support that the Foundation will provide in the Comox Valley through the new Comox Valley Hospital as well as St. Joseph’s as it continues to operate and expand in the areas of Residential and Hospice Care. As health care grows in the Comox Valley, so will the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation. While the Foundation experiences its own growth, it will not change its commitment or dedication to provide the community with top-of-the-line health care, whether that’s through raising funds for new equipment and technology, building upgrades, patient comfort or staff education. Caring for our community has always been at the core of our Foundation.

For many years, the Foundation has received generous donations for many specific purposes, such as cancer care, cardiac care, residential care and others critical to our health care. Those funds will continue to be held and spent as intended by the donor when needed for those purposes here in the Comox Valley. The generous donations and support we receive from individuals, service groups and businesses are invaluable to us and to the thousands of people who access health care each year. Every dollar donated to our health care system improves a life in some way, and when one life is enhanced, so is the community. Thank you very much for your continuing support during our exciting transition. Brenda Kelm President, Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation


Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation: Winter 2016 Newsletter