What’s New

Here you will find updates on what’s new at the RK MacDonald Nursing Home from upcoming events, announcements and celebrations.

GPA Leadership Excellence In Person-Centered Care

AGE congratulates the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home for their winning of the 2016/2017 GPA Leadership Excellence In Person-Centered Care award.

AGE Award 2017

From the Advanced Gerontological Education press release:

R. K. talks about sustaining GPA and how implementation is impacting care:

“We have two on-staff GPA Certified Coaches … we commit to training all staff and implementing GPA practice, principles and techniques into our Resident Plan of Care and our organizational policies … [GPA will be] embedded into the fabric of the home.”

“From February to June we provided GPA to 72 staff members and 14 CCA students … training will continue until all staff — from all disciplines — have completed training … staff who have had the opportunity to attend GPA Basics really benefited from the interdisciplinary design of the program.”

“R.K.’s approach to sustainability and practice change will include GPA coaching one-on-one … developing GPA mentors … providing consistent feedback to staff on their approach to care.”
“We will definitely be including a GPA-Recharged (GPA-R) refresher when staff require.”

Uniqueness of spirit and character drive life plans for residents at R. K. MacDonald

East coast warmth shines through! “The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, fondly known as‘The RK’, is home to 136 residents as well as several cats and birds. Our 240 full-time, part-time and casual staff and our visiting dog program complete our family. The RK is a rich and vibrant community that recognizes and appreciates the uniqueness of every person who lives and works here.”

AGE Press Release


Strategic Planning Update

The Rk MacDonald is proud to release the annual update to our Strategic Plan for 2017/2018. These directions were created through a community process and capture the voices of residents, families, staff, Board members, volunteers and other community partners. We were excited to embark on this consultation process and the end result is a reflection of both our past and our collective vision for the future.


Arts Canopy Project Benefits Celebrated

The Arts Health Antigonish Arts Canopy project was recently recognized with an artwork unveiling.

A well-attended art unveiling at R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, Sept. 26, served as an appropriate time to recognize the good work done, as well as continuing efforts of, Arts Health Antigonish’s (AHA) Arts Canopy Project.

“Arts Canopy Project is an Arts Health Antigonish initiative which has helped to bring a number of arts-based projects to people; seniors and other folks, who are living in the community,” program co-ordinator Mary Partridge told the audience gathered for the unveiling, in the front foray of the nursing home on Pleasant Street.

You can read the entire article, which was posted on October 4th, on the Casket’s website here.


Planting Memories

Resident Edgar McPhee recently chatted with Casket reporter Richard MacKenzie about his life long passion for gardening and how he is using his skills to enrich the lives of other Residents.

Edgar McPhee has had a lifelong passion for gardening and he continues to display his green-thumb as a resident at R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish.

McPhee planted vegetables in garden boxes on the home’s grounds, which are at a height he can work with from his wheelchair.

McPhee noted he has been at the R.K. for two years and he has done the gardening both years.
“Last year and again this year,” he said, adding his crops include; “cucumbers, turnip, beans [green and yellow], beets, onion, and tomatoes.”

Asked about his selections, McPhee said they’re choices “we can use” and it’s noted he also shares his produce with some folks outside of the R.K. as well.

You can read the entire article, which was posted on September 8th, on the Casket’s website here.


Teepa Snow at The RK

Teepa Snow, one of the world’s leading educators on dementia, was at the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, July 7, conducting a session for healthcare providers on assisting those with dementia.

Chatting with the Casket during a short break in the lively training session, Snow talked about breaking down stigmas around dementia and improving awareness.

“We have to stop acting like this is something weird and unusual; dementia is a part of people’s lives,” Snow said.

“One in five families right now and one in two within 15 to 20 years … it’s everywhere.”

“We have to stop talking like it’s all horrible. It’s hard, we’re not going to say it isn’t, but we have to figure out how to live with it. We’re talking eight to 12 years of symptoms on average. Families are dealing with it and they don’t even know they are dealing with it, which is craziness.”

 

This excerpt reproduced with permission from the generous staff of The Casket. Read the full piece here.


Family Council Meeting – Wednesday April 12, 2017

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RK Mac Donald Nursing Home Family Council Meeting Wednesday April 12, 2017: 3:30 pm

Present:
Barb Mac Kinnon (Acting Chair), Jim Peters, Jim Mulcahey, Karen Mac Donald & Marian Mac lellan.

Regrets:
Dorothy Ludlow

Michelle Thompson gave an update regarding a new scheduling format for the RN’s within the facility. A one-page explanation is in the process of being developed and will be forwarded to family council within the next couple of weeks. Michelle confirmed that the open house will be May 21st .

  1. Meeting called to order by Barb Mac Kinnon.
  2. Approval of draft minutes for April 12, 2017: Motion by Jim seconded by Karen to approve the April 12 2017 minutes as circulated.
    Action: Approved minutes for April 12th will be forwarded to Cathy Brouwer to be posted on RK Website and the family Council booklet.
  3. Business arising from the minutes:
    The following topics that were selected for discussion at the open house May 21st were forwarded to the CEO Michelle Thompson. They were: the knowledge of the organizational structure and a description of the process regarding chain of command with respect to nursing care and where to go if and when issues arise. The 2nd one was income tax information and forms and the 3rd was the process around requesting a private room. Michelle has confirmed receipt and those will be addressed by administration at the open house
  4. New business:
    Jim Mulcahey gave an explanation of the process that was followed by the family council executive regarding advocating on behalf of a family member for one of the resident’s.Family council members are asked to be present at the open house on May 21st in order that prospective residents and their family will be aware of the mandate of the committee and will be able to ask questions of committee members.
  5. Date of next meeting: May 10 th, 2017 at 3:30.
  6. Adjourn: meeting adjourned 4:30

Respectively Submitted by
Marian Mac lellan


Family Council Meeting

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There will be a Family Council Meeting on Wednesday, May 17th from 3:30pm to 4:30pm at the RK MacDonald Nursing Rhubarb Patch Room.

For more information on the Family Council please click here.


‘A very special man’

Our celebration of a very special man was recently featured in the The Casket.

   On Jan. 16, Charlie Worth was the guest of honour as he and some family members joined staff and residents of the home for plenty of reminisces and, of course, a lot of laughs.

You can read the full article here on the The Casket’s website.


Family Council Meeting

There will be a Family Council Meeting on Wednesday, January 11th from 3:30pm to 4:30pm at the RK MacDonald Nursing Rhubarb Patch Room.

For more information on the Family Council please click here.


R.K. residents reflect on festive season

Reflections of our Residents were recently featured in the The Casket.

    For Mary E. Walsh, memories of a young teacher putting on a Christmas concert in a one-room schoolhouse came flooding back.

You can read the full article here on the The Casket’s website.