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On Spotlight: Strong-willed Sylvia

Posted: 2017-07-11

Strong-willed Sylvia, a 76 years old resident in Extendicare Rouge Valley, has always taken the road less travelled.

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Celebrating Our Seniors Across Canada

Posted: 2017-06-12

By Extendicare Senior Leadership Team

As we start to enjoy the beautiful weather all over Canada at this time of the year, we are excited to take this moment to celebrate the seniors we serve all across the country.

June is Seniors month/week in various provinces across Canada and we at Extendicare are using this time to remember our valuable residents and clients who we serve every day.

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My Wishes Project: Using Innovation to Improve the Quality of Life

Posted: 2017-05-05

By Rosemarie Lindau and April Coulter, Extendicare Corporate Consultants, My Wishes project creators

Extendicare introduced the "My Wishes" project to improve the quality of life. this innovation uses cards, which are familiar to most residents to encourage non-threatening discussions about end-of-life.

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Celebrating National Volunteer week at Extendicare Southwood Lakes and Tecumseh

Posted: 2017-04-21

By: Lara Hristoff, Resident Program Manager - Extendicare Southwood Lakes

On March 23rd Extendicare Southwood Lakes and Extendicare Tecumseh teamed up for a Volunteer Fair at St. Clair College. Over the past several years both homes have had the benefit of student placements from the Social Service Worker- Gerontology program from the college.

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Alternatives to the use of restraints: A long-term care home’s experience

Posted: 2017-03-05

By Connie Wood RN, BScN, MN, Long-Term Care Best Practice Co-ordinator, Central East

Jane Roseburg is an Administrator and Director of Care at Extendicare Haliburton, a rural LTC home. In 2010, 15.9 percent of the home’s residents were in daily physical restraints. Now, the home is restraint-free. Her leadership in ensuring a restraint-free environment is recognized locally and her expertise is sought out frequently.

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Don’t Let Constipation Cramp Your Style: Supporting Long-Term Care Residents Using Best Practices

Posted: 2017-02-07

By Teresa Tibbo RPN, Quality Co-ordinator/Staff Educator, Parkview Manor Health Care Centre

Parkview Manor Health Care Centre identified that 19 of its 34 residents were using pharmacological interventions at least once a month to manage constipation. Staff at our small long-term care (LTC) home in Chesley, Ontario felt that was too many. We hoped that using RNAO's Prevention of Constipation in the Older Adult Population best practice guideline (BPG), as part of our pre-designation work in RNAO’s Long-Term Care-Best Practice Spotlight Organization® (LTC-BPSO®) program, could have a positive impact on quality of life for these residents. The challenge was how to decrease the reliance on medications and adopt other non-pharmacological strategies to prevent and manage constipation.

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Immunizing The “Herd” Protects The Vulnerable

Posted: 2016-11-22

By Lyn Fabricius, National Director - Infection Prevention & Control, Extendicare

At this time of the year, Extendicare recommends that all staff and residents get the “flu vaccine”. It is recommended so that we safeguard our residents and staff.

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Work life Balance

Posted: 2016-10-25

By Deb Bakti, Vice President Human Resources and SGP Purchasing Partner Network

Nowadays, work-life balance can seem like an impossible feat as technology makes employees accessible around the clock. Work-life balance can mean something different to every individual.

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Happy National Payroll Week!

Posted: 2016-09-12

By Elaine Everson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

National Payroll week is September 12-16 this year. The hardworking payroll team at Extendicare makes sure that our 25,000 plus employees receive their hard earned pay every week. With staff in over 100 locations across the country, with varying pay rates and benefit programs this is no small feat. Often these individuals only hear about issues with payrolls and are not praised often enough for their efficiency in getting this task done week after week. With Extendicare’s continued growth and the addition of new employees all the time there is never any rest for this team.

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Joyful Retirement

Posted: 2016-08-22

By Mark Lugowski, Vice President - Esprit Lifestyle Communities

I had the great privilege of joining the Extendicare team in early March 2016. Extendicare is relatively new to the retirement segment and I am proud to be able to lead our continued growth in this area. Extendicare acquired our first retirement community, Empire Crossing, in October 2015. We then bought three more in December 2015; Harvest, Stonebridge Crossing and Riverbend Crossing. We added two more in February; Yorkton Crossing and West Park Crossing, bringing our total complement up to five communities with three more under construction. We are branding these communities under the name Esprit Lifestyle Communities.