Wales Home hon­oured by Health Min­istry

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Last Fri­day, when the awards for ex­cel­lence in the health and so­cial ser­vices net­work were given out by Min­is­ters Re­jean He­bert (Health and So­cial Ser­vices, Se­niors) and Veronique Hivon (So­cial Ser­vices and Youth Pro­tec­tion), the Wales Home re­ceived hon­or­able men­tion for its Com­mu­nity Guardian An­gel pro­gram. This dis­tinc­tion, which comes with a $5000 prize, was given to an es­tab­lish­ment that has ini­ti­ated an in­no­va­tive project in or­der to im­prove the safety of the care and ser­vices of­fered to its clients.

Al­ways look­ing for ways to im­prove their ser­vices so they may of­fer the best qual­ity of life pos­si­ble for their res­i­dents, the Wales Home cre­ated, in 2009, the Com­mu­nity Guardian An­gel pro­gram. Three projects came out of this pro­gram: a com- plete mod­erni­sa­tion of the CHSLD; the cre­ation of a ther­a­peu­tic gar­den; and the in­stalling of a sta­teof-the-art emer­gency call sys­tem. The mod­erni­sa­tion project pro­vided more space and more pri­vacy as well as the best care for res­i­dents. Two new care units were built in or­der to re­ceive pa­tients with Alzheimer’s or other cog­ni­tive prob­lems. The ther­a­peu­tic gar­den was cre­ated to of­fer a beau­ti­ful and re­lax­ing set­ting for res­i­dents and their friends and fam­ily. More­over, to profit safely from this out­door set­ting, even when alone, res­i­dents can count on a mod­ern track­ing sys­tem that al­lows the res­i­dents to call for help wher­ever they are on the grounds of the res­i­dence by us­ing a bracelet with a call but­ton.

A video pre­sent­ing the Ange Gar­dien en mi­lieu de vie (Com­mu­nity Guardian An­gel) pro­gram and a list of the re­gional win­ners can be found at www.gouv.qc.ca/prix_ex­cel­lence.

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