What’s New

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

Job Fair for CCA’s

Are you kind, caring and compassionate? Always wanted to become a Continuing Care Assistant?

Are you interested in working as part of a friendly, supportive and skilled team?

If so, you may be the person we are looking for!
R.K MacDonald is an employer who is willing to provide and invest in in-house education opportunities and support successful candidates in becoming Continuing Care Assistants.

You can apply now online at jobs@rkmacdonald.ca or join us at our Job Fairs on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 from 6-7:30 p.m. and Saturday May 4th, 2019 from 9-11 a.m. at 64 Pleasant Street Antigonish NS.

R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is a rich and vibrant community that recognizes and appreciates the uniqueness of every person who lives and works here. This uniqueness of spirit and character drives the life plan for our residents. We strive to provide the best possible care and services to our clients and as a result, we are looking for people who genuinely care.

We have immediate vacancies for PCW (PSW, HSW) with employment designed to enable those interested to become a certified Continuing Care Assistant.

RK MacDonald Nursing Home - CCA's

We offer:

  • Comprehensive Benefit package including;
  • Pension contributions; Vacation,
  • Sick benefits (upon Completion of a 528 hr. Probation Period);
  • Health Benefits

We are looking for people who:

  • Have an interest in being a caregiver.
  • Does not have CCA certification but have been working in the role of Personal Care Worker; Home Support Worker; and other classifications of this role.
  • Are a graduate from a related Health and Human Services Programs such as: Social and Community Support; Social Services; Community Residential Worker; Human Services Worker; and are interested in obtaining your certification as a Continuing Care Assistant.

Family Council Meeting January 14th, 2019

R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home Family Council Meeting January 14, 2019

Present: Chair: Barb MacKinon, Delores Brannon, Eileen MacDonald , Alan Gaudet, Elizabeth MacLean, Michelle Chisholm, Sandy Cosh

Regrets:

Call to Order
Called to order by Chair Barb MacKinnon at 1530

Approval of Minutes
Approval of draft minutes for December 12,2018
Action: : To approve minutes and forward to Cathy Brouwer to be posted on R.K website and in family council booklet.

Moved by: Michelle Chisholm
Second by: Alan Gaudet

Business Arising from the Minutes

  1. Review of “Our Home “ Information Booklet.

Deferred to next meeting.

New Business

Updates from CEO Michelle Thompson

Palliative and Pastoral Care: CEO Michelle Thompson explained the difference between Palliative Care and Pastoral Care offered at the R.K.

Air Miles: Michelle spoke about how air miles that are collected in the home are utilized.

Other: Other topics that were discussed included; Licensing by the Department of Health & Wellness, Accreditation Canada, proposal of a home newsletter, absence of a Social Worker in the home, family education on topics of power of attorney and health care directives.

Michelle also spoke about staff movement, uniform changes and care plans that are to be completed by an RN who is assigned to each room.

Security and lockdown procedures , Food Services survey sent out in the mail as well as the use of suction and humidifiers for comfort of residents.

Action: Michelle Thompson will check both the use of humidifiers and suction of secretions for palliative comfort at the facility.

Followup: This is the corrected information from Dept. of Health regarding direct care hours
Staffing requirements and minimum direct client care hours are largely dependent on the type of facility and the staffing approach used by the service provider, and are not set out in legislation. The department determines staffing allocations for facilities and approves operational budgets for all long-term care facilities in accordance with program and licensing requirements. We provide a minimum of 2.45 hours of personal care by a continuing care assistant and one hour of professional nursing per day per resident.

Date of Next meeting: February 13 at 1530
Adjourn: Meeting Adjourned at 1655
Minutes submitted by: Sandra Cosh


Family Council Meeting February 13, 2019

R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home Family Council Meeting February 13,2019

Present: Chair: Barb MacKinnon, Delores Brannon, Eileen MacDonald , Alan Gaudet, , Michelle Chisholm, Sandy Cosh

Regrets: Elizabeth MacLean

Call to Order
Called to order by Chair Barb MacKinnon at 1535

Approval of Minutes
Approval of draft minutes for January 14,2019
Action: To approve minutes and forward to Cathy Brouwer to be posted on R.K website and in family council booklet.

Moved by: Michelle Chisholm
Second by: Alan Gaudet

Business Arising from the Minutes

  1. To have the Family Council Meeting minutes be approved before actually posting on the R.K. website.
  2. To have the spelling of Alan Gaudet’s name corrected.
  3. To have the notes regarding oral suction clarified.

Action 3.1: Sandy Cosh will ask Cathy Brouwer to delay posting the minutes until they are approved at the next meeting. Sandy Coash will ask Cathy Brouwer to post any previous minutes from meetings.

Action 3.2: Sandy Cosh will clarify the spelling with Cathy Brouwer.

Action 3.3: Sandy Coash will ask Cathy Brouwer for more clarification as to why suction of the mouth is not available for palliative care.

New Business

Feedback Forms: Do the family feedback forms get placed into an electronic system that is audited?
“Our Home Booklet”.
Dietary concerns: We received a copy of current menu from Kalli MacDonald. We were informed by Kalli that a food consultant was also giving input to new menu choices. Family Council wishes to thank Food Services staff for their work thus far.

Action 4.1: Barb MacKinnon will ask Michelle Thompson for answer to this question.

Action 4.2: Each member will send their personal review to Cathy Brouwer in a timely fashion.

Date of Next meeting: March 13,2019 at 1530
Adjourn: Meeting Adjourned at 1655
Minutes submitted by: Sandra Cosh


Job Fairs – Seeking PCWs

Job Fairs at R.K. Macdonald Nursing Home on November 7th and 10th, 2018.

Seeking PCWs who are wanting to work to become certified CCAs.

R.K. Macdonald Nursing Home - Job Fair

We are looking for people who:

Have an interest in being a caregiver Do not have a CCA certification but have been working in the role of Personal Care Worker; Personal Support Worker or Home Support Worker. Are a graduate from a related Health and Human Services Programs such as: Social and Community Support; Social Services; Community Residential Worker; Human Services Worker; and are interested in obtaining their certification as a Continuing Care Assistant.

Apply now online or join us at our Job Fairs on November 7th from 6:30-8:00 pm or on November 10th from 10 a.m. to noon at 64 Pleasant Street, Antigonish, NS.


Pelly Sisters Combined for 125 years of Service

We would like to thank The Casket for covering the story on the Pelly Sisters. The trio has worked, combined, almost 125 years at the Antigonish facility. “We were only babies when we came,” Vicky said, with a laugh.

RK MacDonald Nursing Home - Pelley Sisters By The Casket

It is a family affair for the Pelly sisters, when it comes to working at the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish. – Corey LeBlanc The Casket

She is the newcomer, when it comes to service time, having 37 years under her belt, while Eva has 44. Kandy retired last year after 43 years working in the R.K. kitchen.

“It is nice when the residents know your name,” Eva said, when asked about favourite parts of her job.

“There is a different challenge every day,” Vicky said.

She added there have been “a lot of changes,” since she started working there.

“I was scared to death,” Eva, with a laugh, said of her first day on the job, noting she had never worked with seniors.

To read all of this story from The Casket, click here.


60th Anniversary at RK MacDonald

We would like to thank The Casket for covering our 60th Anniversary Celebration held on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018.

RK Macdonald - Corey LeBlanc Photo of Michelle & Lynn

Resident Lynn Mersereau visits with Michelle Thompson, R. K. MacDonald Nursing Home CEO, Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 3) during an open house celebrating the 60th anniversary of the facility. Corey LeBlanc The Casket

“Let the trumpet sound – rejoice and be glad – for the spirit of celebration resounds, once again, in this special place, as we proclaim the 60th anniversary of the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home.”

“That’s how Sister Brendalee Boisvert, Sisters of Saint Martha congregation leader, began her remarks during an open house celebration at the Antigonish residence Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 3).”

To read all of this story from The Casket, click here.


Voice For Care Magazine – Fall 2018

In a recent issue of Voice For Care Magazine, there was a lovely article done on the Storytelling Program:

“Most Wednesdays since earlyspring, you will find a dedicated group of Residents and support people gathered in the Rhubarb Patch, engaged in a lively afternoon of story writing, laughter and comradery. The storytelling program is a collaboration with R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home and Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!). “The RK MacDonald Nursing Home: Art & Darlene

You can read the full magazine click here.


Buddy Bench at RK

We are very pleased to reproduce the below excerpt of an article by Sam Macdonald of The Casket published on August 14th.

‘A little sanctuary’: Antigonish Community Comes Together to Create Buddy Bench at RK MacDonald Nursing Home

Kim Cameron-MacDonald (upper left), Francis Grenier, Emma MacDonald, Mary Grace, Mary Partridge, Diane Delorey (bottom left), Donna MacLean, Mary Margaret Grace and Sadie Boyd – all enjoying the fine weather with the Buddy Bench – the newest addition to the garden area of the RK MacDonald Nursing Home. – Sam Macdonald

A new, colourful addition adorns the garden area of the RK MacDonald nursing home.

The bench is hard to miss. The bright yellow bench is decorated in the rainbow-coloured handprints of several generations of people and is the product of a partnership between members of Antigonight: Art After Dark Festival, staff and residents of RK MacDonald and youth from the local Montessori School.

“It took a lot of priming and painting to get that beautiful yellow that is there now,” Emma MacDonald, festival director for Antigonight, said, describing how the handprints belong to several generations of Antigonishers.

“We also wanted to use a lot of bright, primary colours for the handprints. We wanted to incorporate an inter-generational piece to this community art project.”

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


Transforming Attitudes

In a recent post on Safety Matters, the blog for the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, talked about the simple yet surprising math behind the daily routines of staff at the RK MacDonald.

240 staff, 136 residents, several cats, quite a few birds, and a visiting dog program come together to make up the rich and vibrant community of R. K. MacDonald Nursing Home, fondly known as the RK.

So what’s the biggest safety challenge in this large home that recognizes and appreciates the uniqueness of every person who lives and works there? Essentially, it’s a math challenge!

1. How many residents are in your facility?
2. How many residents in your facility use a mechanical lift (ceiling/hoyer)?
3. Multiply the answer from question #2 by 4 (assumes 4 lifts per day).
4. Multiply the answer from question #3 by 7 (days per week).
5. Multiply the answer from question #4 by 52 (weeks per year).

The answer from question #5 is how many estimated lifts are happening with your staff every year.

At a recent Keeping PACE symposium, Terry MacIntyre, the RK’s Director of Clinical Services, challenged the audience to try the math at their respective homes, because what the math told the RK was that over 150,000 lifts are happening annually.

 

You can read the entire article on Safety First, the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia’s website.


A Commitment to Safety

The RK MacDonald Nursing Home was recognized for a commitment to safety by the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia CEO Stuart MacLean this past May.

Picture courtesy of the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia

Picture courtesy of the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia

In one year, RK MacDonald Nursing Home was able to combat high costs and commit to safety. WCB Nova Scotia recognized the Antigonish facility for its achievement  on May 30. WCB Nova Scotia CEO Stuart MacLean congratulated the organization for their achievements in engaging staff and creating a culture of safety.

“RK MacDonald is putting safety first for everyone,” said MacLean, “residents, employees and visitors alike.”

MacLean also recognized the work of tireless safety champions like Terry MacIntyre, whose career as a physiotherapist solidified the importance of safety for him.

“I’ve seen too many workplace injuries that have had significant physical and emotional consequences and a lot of these could have been prevented,” said MacIntyre.

When RK MacDonald began working with WCB in 2014, they had high claims and high costs.  Though claims for 2014-2015 remained at a steady number, they were able to reduce their costs by more than $250,000.  So far in 2016,  they have only one registered claim and no time-loss claims.

 

You can read the entire article at Safety Matters, the blog on workplace safety over at www.worksafeforlife.ca