Please join us on Friday, July 26th
to Meet & Greet
RK MacDonald Nursing Home Artists
Celebrating their Art Show 2019
People’s Place Library – Main Street
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We are looking for people who:
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.
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.
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.
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.
We would like to thank The Casket for covering our 60th Anniversary Celebration held on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018.
“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.
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!). “
You can read the full magazine click here.
We are very pleased to reproduce the below excerpt of an article by Sam Macdonald of The Casket published on August 14th.
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.”
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.
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.
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
Accreditation provides a solid foundation to build new quality improvement initiatives upon, long-term care CEO says. Accreditation provides a solid foundation to build new quality improvement initiatives upon, long-term care CEO says.
Michelle Thompson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the RK MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish, N.S., says that Accreditation Canada (AC)’s long-term care standards are helping to shape initiatives the organization will be putting into place in the near future.
“I wouldn’t put any new initiatives in place without first consulting the standards,” Thompson says. “A new program should be based on the standards, so that it can be measured and we can ensure that it’s improving quality services and safe care.”
Thompson notes that the RK MacDonald Nursing Home underwent AC’s Primer accreditation survey from Dec. 4-6, 2017.
“It’s knowing that we’re aligned with best practices and that we have a guideline to go back to whenever we are implementing a new program,” she says.
Thompson adds that oftentimes, long-term care facilities work to adapt acute care resources to their specific sector.
“But once you go through Accreditation Canada’s program, you have access to long-term care standards,” she says. “You’re able to access resources that are pertinent to your sector.”
Thompson said AC’s Primer program was a positive experience as surveyors highlighted not only areas where the nursing home could improve, but also areas where it is excelling. She noted that surveyors highlighted efforts the nursing home was making in Person-Centred Care.
From Accreditation Canada, Accreditation Helps RK MacDonald Home Establish Clear Path Forward, published on Jan 04, 2018. The full article can be found on Accreditation Canada’s website here.