What’s New

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

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.


A country Christmas at the R.K.

A Country Christmas at the RK MacDonald Nursing Home was recently featured in the The Casket.

  “I was kind of bored one day and I decided ‘well, I have got to do something,’” the Margaree Valley, Cape Breton native, said, when asked where he came up with the idea for the holiday celebration.

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


Family Council Meeting – Wednesday December 14, 2016

RK Mac Donald Nursing Home
Family Council Meeting
Wednesday December 14, 2016: 3:30 pm

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

Regrets: Jim Mulcahey & Mary (Shebby) Mac Donald

  1. Meeting called to order by Barb Mac Kinnon.
  2. Approval of draft minutes for November 9, 2016, 2016: Motion by Barb seconded by Jim to approval the November 2016 minutes as circulated, motion carried.
    Action:  Approved minutes for November 9th will be forwarded to Cathy Brouwer to be posted on RK Website and the family Council booklet.
  3. Business arising from the minutes: Michelle will be contacted re response from senior administration re the privacy curtains. Cathy Brouwer will be contacted to find out regarding where on the website that the Family Council minutes are posted and where the Family Council booklet is kept.
  1. New business:
  •  Barb has heard from Jim Mulcahey and he is withdrawing from the Family Council at this time due to family commitments.
  • Discussion around the request to have the resident’s name and room number posted in a visible place in the entrance, similar to what you might find when you enter an apartment building. It would need to be able to be easily updated as necessary. This could be an undertaking for the RK Foundation.
  • The use of the percussion instruments and what is the status of music therapy.
  • Resident satisfaction survey.  Michelle Thompson had e-mailed the survey asking for input from the family council and this was discussed at length.  The following suggestions and questions will be forwarded to Michelle.  Could the surveys be coded according to what unit is the survey coming from as it would identify if there were some units that maybe have more challenges.  Could there be 2 surveys, one for the resident and one for the family member.  Confusion in how the resident would be able to answer some of the questions especially in reference to the section on communication and care provision i.e. “staff enjoying coming to work they smile and laugh” does this mean most staff or most times, requires to be qualified.  “My care provider is respectful, polite and courteous” how do you rate this as some are and some aren’t, difficult to answer without qualifying it.  How will they be distributed, suggest not a mail out, response rates are very low.  Could volunteers be assigned to a unit and work with residents and family to get their input?
  • Michelle will be contacted regarding the above and the response  will be brought to the  January meeting.

 

  1. Date of next meeting: January 18th, 3:30.  Cathy Brouwer will be informed of the change in the usual date for the January meeting.
  1. Adjourn: meeting adjourned 3:30

Respectively Submitted by
– Marian Mac lellan