Wales Home honoured by Health Ministry
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.