Resident Christmas Parties Kings Way Care Centre
Please RSVP to Dorothy
Please RSVP to Betty
632-9628 ext 3109
847-1131 ext 1101
Simple Practices for Inspired Influencers Practice #1 : Note negative messages about aging around you. Today, notice how often you hear something negative about growing or being older. Listen to conversations around you. Listen to television commercials or sitcoms. Listen to the radio. Flip through a magazine. Stroll through the greeting cards in the birthday section. Some of these messages might target people who live with different abilities, such as living with dementia. Notice what you feel when you see and hear these messages. Notice how frequently these messages show up. Negative messages about aging are a sign of ageism, the prejudice against someone due to their age. Negative messages about people who live with different abilities are an example of ableism, the prejudice against someone based on how their abilities are different than ours.
KMI staff and residents writing Christmas cards for the Canadian Armed Forces
Special Breakfasts Kings Way Kennebec
Residents, Staff and Residentâ€™s Families are invited.
Residents, Staff, Residentâ€™s Families and Day Program & Day Program families are invited.
Please RSVP at the front desk.
Please RSVP at the front desk.
Christmas gift Ideas If you are wondering what to get your loved one for Christmas here are a few ideas! Pictures
New Clothing Please bring any new clothing to your neighborhood care team to ensure that it is properly labeled. This can be done before you wrap them.
Decorations for their room
Become a Secret Santa to a resident at KMI. See Jenn Shannon in the office for information. 632-9628
Socks Electric razors Gift certificate for hair salon (available at front desks)
E-Transfers Reminder that we can accept email money transfers Payment of incidental charges and past due balances may be made via email transfer to the following email address: Kings Way Care Centre – firstname.lastname@example.org If you have questions you can call Cara: 847-1131 ext 1106 Kennebec Manor – email@example.com If you have questions you can call Jennifer: 632-9628 ext 3102 Please note that regular monthly Care payments will continue to be taken on the 1st of each month via pre-authorized debit (PAD).
If you use online banking this could be a great option for you! In the notes/message section of the e transfer, please put your loved one’s name. You should not require a password. However, if you are prompted for a password, simply use your loved one’s last name.
In Loving Memory Clarence Caissie Nov 16, 1950- Nov 1, 2019
David Curran Oct 19, 1943-Nov 20, 2019
Outside conditions: If the ground is wet outside, please wear booties available at the front door. This helps to prevent people from slipping/falling and helps to keep the homes cleaner. Consider bringing indoor shoes or slippers.
Cold and flu season is here. Please wash your hands with soap and water often. If you are sick please stay home. If your visit is necessary you must wear a mask. Please have your flu shot. This helps to stop the spread to people with compromised immune systems.
Pastor’s Corner When I was a kid my bedroom was quite far away from my Parent’s room. On nights of lightening, thunder and rain I often found it scary and difficult to fall asleep. Those nights I was allowed to go into my parent’s bedroom with my pillow, blanket to sleep on their floor. Yes, I usually did fall fast asleep knowing Dad and Mom were there with me---going through the same storm. There was just something about being in their presence that comforted me. Its Christmas season! Celebration of the birth of the World’s Saviour! Along side Christ’s earthly name, Jesus had many other names which expand our understanding of him. In the Bible he carries names like: Door; Way; Truth; Light; Bread and Immanuel. Immanuel means “God is with us”! Like my Dad??? In Matthew 1:23 we read: “Look! A virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will CALL HIM IMMANUEL which means “GOD IS ‘WITH US’”! In a world filled with millions of people, hundreds of TV channels, Internet, Face Time and a litany of other ‘connection’ possibilities, LONLINESS continues to become an even greater heartache for many. May Christmas be an opportunity to spend some valuable time with and worshiping our Greatest Friend, someone who loved and died for us. Immanuel is filled with passion and proved it through His sterling life and sacrificial death. You know this verse: “For God LOVED the world (us) so much that he GAVE his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) WHAT AN ANTIDOTE FOR LONELINESS! This Christmas season may our friendship with Jesus (Immanuel) be real and relational! HE IS OUR GREATEST ANTIDOTE FOR LONELINESS!
Resident Care Circle The care circle puts the resident at the center, surrounded by care partners who support their daily life through relationships. Creating opportunity to grow and live life to its fullest! The care partner concept redefines people’s roles and responsibilities. It acknowledges that opportunities to give and receive are abundant and experienced by everyone involved in the care relationship. The term “care partner” evens the playing field, as it is often easy to get trapped in the traditional, one-dimensional, care giver to care receiver relationship. Care partners work together toward mutual objectives and benefits. Care partners help each other be their best. So who are the care partners in our resident’s care circle? This is best defined by those who affect the Rhythm of daily life in our homes. Care partners include the residents, their families and friends, employee’s and healthcare professionals. Each maintaining relationships that enhance the quality of life for each resident within our homes. Families are encouraged to be as involved as they can be. Employees are encouraged to build relationships enhancing their ability to give and receive care. All together it creates a focus on building a community that makes life meaningful for everyone.
Giving Back To Our Homes Did you know that you can make donations to our homes online? Whether it’s a donation of cash, securities or mutual funds, it can all be done either by visiting our website (www.thekingswaylifecarealliance.ca) or via the Canada Helps website (www.CanadaHelps.org). In just a few minutes, you can safely and securely make a difference in the lives of our residents by donating online. Set up to donate one time or monthly. Pay for your donation using credit card or PayPal account and you will receive your tax receipt right away and the charity will promptly receive your gift. You can even set up an account online with Canada Helps so that all your charitable giving is located in one place for easy tracking, which will be a big plus come tax time! If you’re looking to make a donation before the end of this year to support our residents and would like more information on how to make a donation this way, please check out the Canada Helps website at www.CanadaHelps.org.
Fred M- Dec 2
Marie G- Dec 25
Ann M– Dec 4
Anna L– Dec 15
Eva Q -Dec 3
Eleanor L -Dec 28
June L– Dec 4
Sharon M– Dec 23
Helen -C Dec 5 Jim B -Dec 29
Helen B– Dec 9
The narcissus is the December birth flower and symbolizes good wishes, faithfulness and respect. December | Zircon, Tanzanite and Turquoise December birthdays have claim to three gemstones; Zircon, Tanzanite and Turquoise. Zircon can be found in a variety of colors, but blue is the overwhelming favorite.
Facts about December
December is known around the world as a family time of celebration honoring cultures, religions and traditions that have been with humanity for hundreds of years. See below for a mix of the weird and wonderful facts about this magical month! 1. An almanac prediction states that if snow falls on Christmas Day, Easter will be warm, green and sunny. 2. The name December comes from the Latin decem for “ten”, as it was the 10th month in the Roman Calendar. 3. The term Yuletide comes from a Norse tradition of cutting and burning a tree to bring in the Winter Solstice. This was to last through 12 days – later known as the 12 days of Christmas. 4. December 12th is Poinsettia Day. 5. Saint Nickolas, who would eventually be called Santa Claus, was originally the patron saint of children, thieves and pawnbrokers! 6. December 28th is considered by some to be the unluckiest day of the year. 7. The first artificial Christmas tree was made in Germany, fashioned out of goose feathers that are dyed green! 8. Spiders and spider webs are considered good luck on Christmas. 9. Common decorations on a Christmas tree each have their specific meanings. Candles – the light of the world, the Star at the top is a reminder of the first Christmas night and Candy canes are to represent the Shepherd’s cane. 10. “Jingle bells” was composed in 1857, and not for Christmas – it was meant to be a Thanksgiving song! 11. In 1647 Oliver Cromwell, English Puritan leader, banned the festivities of Christmas for being seen as immoral on such a holy day. Anyone who was seen celebrating was arrested! The ban was lifted in 1660. 12. An ancient legend states that forest animals can speak in human language on Christmas Eve!
Christmas Dinner December 25th at noon Full Turkey dinner with choice of festive cheesecake for dessert. Tickets are $20 per person. Please purchase tickets at the front desks
If you’re cooking your own turkey: GOBBLE GOBBLE Did you know that there is a recommended way to defrost turkey, to help prevent a foodborne illness? Often that Christmas “stomach flu” you hear about is a touch of food poisoning. The safest way to defrost your turkey is in the refrigerator. Just remember to put your turkey on the lowest shelf in your fridge, to make sure there aren’t any “turkey juices” that drip on to ready to eat foods. You should calculate 5 hours of thawing time per pound of turkey (10 hours/ kg). The next best way to thaw your turkey is in a cold water bath. You should; Keep your turkey in its original wrapping Place it in a large container and cover it completely in cold water Change the water at least every hour Allow 1 hour of thawing time per pound of turkey (2 hours/ kg) It is also recommended to never cook your stuffing inside the turkey, as it may not reach a high enough temperature to prevent a food borne illness. Bon Appetit!
Christmas Greetings from the CEO Dear Kings Way LifeCare Alliance Family Members, As 2019 quickly comes to an end and we get ready to celebrate Christmas, I cannot help but think of all the growth and changes our homes have experienced throughout the past 12 months and how wonderful a year it has been. 2019 has been a big year of transition among our Leadership Team. We said goodbye to long time CEO Judy Lane, who retired from the Kings Way LifeCare Alliance after 18 years to pursue her passion of providing quality home care to people in the community. Judy’s legacy of bringing ‘person directed care’ to the forefront of our province’s new policies will live on as it is now a standard practice to put the residents first and to adopt a philosophy of care to follow. We also said goodbye to Brenda Schyf who had been Director of Missions for the KWLCA since Kings Way Care Centre opened its doors in 2008. With Brenda’s departure, we are delighted to have welcomed Pastor Doug Moore, founder of Kings Way Assembly Church and integral part of opening Kings Way Care Centre and Pastor Carly Doucet who works both with the Alliance and as the youth pastor at Kings Way Assembly. They are both fitting in to their roles wonderfully and are admired by residents and staff. Our Director of Finance, Eric Snow, retired from the Leadership team as well after 8 years with the Alliance. Cara Bartlett, who has been with our Finance team for 5 years and working alongside of Eric, has taken on the role of Director of Finance and is settling into it nicely.
Christmas Greetings from the CEO continued I’m also adjusting to my new role as CEO after a year as Director of Care at Kings Way Care Centre and 8 years as House Leader/Director of Care at Kennebec. I am excited to take on this challenging role and to help our teams continue on the Eden Journey. In 2019 our Eden journey saw Kennebec achieve their Milestone 2 certification! Both Kennebec and Kings are now working towards Milestone 3! I am so proud that our staff continue to be open to learning how we can better care for our residents by recognizing that they are the most important component of the ‘care circle’. With my role shift, I am pleased to welcome Katie Frank as Kings Way's new Director of Care! Katie has been the Interim DOC since July and has been eager and ready to take on all the role entails and we are thrilled to have her! As always, our residents have been very busy this year. Here are just a few examples: Both homes continue to give back to the greater community through our Back Pack Program. We have extended our reach from only Centennial School to also providing assistance to children in need at Quispamsis Elementary School. This program is one of the monthly highlights for many of our residents as they are able to make a difference for less fortunate people in the community; Boxing! Our residents have come to love boxing with KV Golden Gloves and are becoming quite strong! We are committed to continually improving one of the most important parts of the day - meal time! We have restarted our resident led Menu Planning Committees. In connection to this, both homes have very active Residents’ Councils who provide us with very valuable feedback and input; Our Volunteer Coordinators continue to work to recruit and retain volunteers to help with some of our activities and to ensure that our residents have plenty of visitors. Our summer was full of adventures on our wheelchair accessible buses, Junior Volunteer Summer Camp brought lots of laughs and fun chaos and two of our residents were fortunate to attend Camp Rotary thanks in part to our Foundation and to Easter Sales Canada. Kings Way residents were able to harvest many fresh veggies in their raised garden beds to share with staff and families and Kennebec residents worked tirelessly to ensure that their backyard updates continued. They even raised butterflies and released them in their new butterfly garden. I personally can’t wait to see all the beautiful bulbs next spring that were planted this fall! This Fall we hosted our first ever Family Meet and Greet meetings. We plan to continue these every 6 months. They are an opportunity for new family members to meet members of our leadership team and for anyone to bring forth general feedback, observations or concerns that pertain to the greater good of the homes. We want our families to feel as though they are connected to the homes and that they can make a difference not only for their loved one but for everyone who calls KMI or KWCC home. Please watch for information about the next meeting which will take place this coming Spring.
As we are approaching the last days of 2019, we think about how we began 2019 with the potential of a strike looming . This has been very challenging for our staff, but our homes continue to support our staff and their need for a new contract. We are committed to both standing by our staff and providing the best care we can for our residents if they do strike early in the New Year. Should this take place, we ask for your commitment to helping your loved one in any way you can, whether it is getting them ready for the day, helping them with their meals or simply spending time with them and keeping them company. Regardless of the outcomes, our homes will come out of this challenge stronger and better connected as teams. Much of what we do is not possible without donations through our annual fun days, grants or donations made in honor of a loved one. We hope that you will consider making a donation in honor of your loved one to help us continue to be two of the greatest homes in the province. My hope for you as you settle into December is that you enjoy a wonderful Christmas season with your loved ones and find some time to slow down, relax and take care of yourself. I am looking forward to 2020 as we start a new decade! I know it will be another positive year full of learning and growth for everyone who is part of the KWLCA family.
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