Fourth Award for Wales Home

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Re­cently rec­og­nized as the Res­i­dence of the Year, the Wales Home wins its fourth Award in 2013! The Rési­dence Wales Home is de­lighted to an­nounce that they were se­lected as the hon­or­able men­tion of the MSSS Prix d’Ex­cel­lence award for “Ini­tia­tive of safety and ser­vices cat­e­gory” (Guardian An­gel Pro­gram). The pro­gram was de­signed to sur­pass ba­sic stan­dards for safety, qual­ity of care and the op­ti­miza­tion of au­ton­omy for se­niors through three (3) am­bi­tious projects; the cre­ation of a ther­a­peu­tic gar­den, the com­plete mod­ern­iza­tion of its CHSLD in­clud­ing two (2) units for Alzheimer’s/cog­ni­tive de­men­tias as well as the de­ploy­ment of an ad­vanced emer­gency call sys­tem, the first of its kind in Canada.

This pres­ti­gious award was pre­sented at the an­nual MSSS Prix d’Ex­cel­lence on Fri­day, Novem­ber 15th, 2013 in Que­bec City. This na­tional award was awarded to the Wales Home by the Min­is­ter of Health, Dr. Ré­jean Hébert. The Wales Home was proud to be in the same cat­e­gory as the fol­low­ing fi­nal­ists: Cen­tre hos­pi­tal­ier uni­ver­si­taire Sainte-Jus­tine, CSSS de Laval, CHU de Québec, and the Cen­tre ré­gional de réadap­ta­tion La Res­sourSe. Re­ceiv­ing the hon­or­able men­tion award is quite an ac­com­plish­ment for the Wales Home!

The Wales Home was awarded four (4) hon­orary prizes this year alone. In ad­di­tion to the two awards re­ceived this week, the Wales was named over­all win­ner at the Gala Re­con­nais­sance Estrie 2013 and also re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate of merit from the McKnight’s Ex­cel­lence in Tech­nol­ogy Award in the cat­e­gory ‘’ Tran­si­tion’’.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor wishes to per­son­ally thank the Wales Home em­ploy­ees for en­sur­ing that the Wales Home mis­sion is more than just “words on pa­per” and thank the Board of Di­rec­tors and vol­un­teers for sup­port­ing the guardian an­gel pro­gram. In clos­ing Pi­iro­nen would like to give a spe­cial thanks to the pri­vate Foun­da­tions, the Wales Home Foun­da­tion and the com­mu­nity sup­port; with­out them, the guardian an­gel project would not be made pos­si­ble.

In a phone in­ter­view, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Wales Home, Bren­dalee Pi­iro­nen, spoke about the fa­cil­ity’s emer­gency call sys­tem. “We call it a Real Time Lo­ca­tion Sys­tem and we are ac­tu­ally the first health care fa­cil­ity to use this sys­tem on the grounds out­side,” she ex­plained. The sys­tem con­sists of two wifi net­works, one in­doors and another out­doors. All the res­i­dents wear a bracelet that they can use to call for help, send­ing a text mes­sage to the fa­cil­ity’s care­givers and nurses who all have Ipods. The work­ers can then go on ‘mo­bile view’ to see the lo­ca­tion of the res­i­dent. “I use the sys­tem my­self when I need to find a res­i­dent, like a GPS track­ing de­vice,” said Ms. Pi­iro­nen. With the award from the gov­ern­ment comes a $5000 cheque. “We’d like to rein­vest that money into risk man­age­ment,” said the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor who is plan­ning to try an ad­di­tion to the lo­ca­tion sys­tem. The ad­di­tion in­volves the use of spe­cial pads on beds and on wheel­chairs that would alert work­ers if some­one is try­ing to get up on their own. It also in­cludes ‘ex­citers’ that would alert per­son­nel when res­i­dents wan­der into ar­eas of the fa­cil­ity that are off lim­its or wan­der off the grounds.

Wales Home Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Bren­dalee Pi­iro­nen with Health Min­is­ter Dr. Re­jean He­bert at the MSSS Prix d’Ex­cel­lence held in Que­bec City on Novem­ber 15th.

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