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Program for May 23, 2006, reported by Neil Madsen
Vocational Visit to Hillside Senior Health Centre hosted by Lori McLeod
Thirty members and guests signed in.  President-Elect Tav Mac asked Mark Bedford to say Grace, and then we had lunch. Special mention was made of the 59th Wedding Anniversary of Les & Mary Canty.   Lori McLeod gave us a brief history of the Eldercare Foundation, similar to her talk to the Club last year.  Since 1983 the Foundation has raised $3.5 M to provide support to the 547 residents of the Aberdeen, Mt. Tolmie, Glengarry and Priory/Heritage Woods long-term care facilities.  This is in the form of electric beds and lifts, wheel chairs and also 12 therapeutic gardens.  In addition, $2.5 M was raised for the new Hillside Seniors Health Centre.



We then split up into four groups for tours of the facilities.  The ground floor of the new Health Centre contains a Respite Hotel, where seniors being cared for at home can spend one to 10 days to give their families some respite, a health care clinic which provides medical care for seniors who have no family physician, the Yakimovich Wellness Centre, which provides programs and advice for healthy seniors, and finally a small spa with special equipment for disabled people.  The top three floors contains 45 self-contained one-bedroom assisted living units for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities.  It is operated by the Victoria Cool Aid Society.

A second tour was of the Aberdeen hospital.  Ours was led by Annette Laurin, manager of resident services.  These are, usually, quite elderly patients, most of whom fall into one of two categories; cognitive disability with good physical health, or vice versa.  Most, at one in the afternoon, were lying in their beds, a rather sobering sight.  We were able to see the very specialized (and expensive) equipment provided by the Foundation.  One was a special lifting stretcher to raise and lower patients into a bath tub.  Your editor doesn’t need it yet to get into the tub, but it would be appreciated for getting out!


When we left we were given folders containing complete details of all the facilities we had seen and of which this Bulletin contains only a brief summary.  I believe I speak for all members who attended that this was a most informative vocational visit and one which should inspire us to work all the harder to support the Eldercare Foundation.  Our sincere thanks to Lori McLeod and all her colleagues who were such gracious hosts.

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Programs for May & June
 
May 30 Fifth Tuesday Social Meeting, Fish & Chips at the Snug
June 6

Beth Page of Dream Catcher Consulting

June 13 Dr. Ivo Olivotto, Director of Island Breast Cancer Clinic
June 20 Interact Students and Kate Dearden - Adventures in Citizenship
June 27 Installation at Uplands, Tuesday evening.

Roster May 30 - June 30, 2006
DATE
Greet/Grace
Greet/Intro Bulletin Intro Speaker Thank Speaker
MAY Cashier: L Murray; 50-50: R Faryon
30

Croft

Hromic
Lamb
Lidkea
MacPherson
JUNE
6

Marsh

McDougall
McLean
McLeod
Minto
13

Munro

Rawnsley
O'Coffey
Mutter
Ockermueller
20

Petrie

Philip
Pitt
Picken
Pritchard
27

Rogers-Warnock

Murray
Sim
Snively
Sills
JUNE Cashier: J Edgell; 50-50: M Canty


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