Serenity House Hospice

January NewsLetter Part 1

Welcome into the Year 2013! Hope everyone enjoyed their time with family and friends!

Needed: someone to come into the office and clean. Our cleaning lady has resigned and we are looking for someone to come in once a week (ideally) to dust vacuum


Heather Mudford will be calling all the volunteers to set up a time to meet and redo some important paperwork for your file.




Training Opportunities


FUNDAMENTALS OF HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE


COST $20.00


Monday January 21st, 2013-Monday Matrch 18th 2013

4:30 p.m- 7:30 p.m


Fellowship Church, Elm Street

St. Thomas, Ontario


GPA

(Gentle Persuasive Approaches)

Responding to Persons with Challenging Behaviours GPA is an innovative education curriculum that is currently being offered to all staff in care organizations.

THIS TRAINING I WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND FOR OUR FRONT DESK VOLUNTEERS, AS WELL AS THE REST.

12 PEOPLE CAN ATTEND EACH SESSION. LET US KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET ENOUGH VOLUNTEERS TO FILL ONE SESSION. DATES TO CHOOSE FROM:

January 17; January 25; February 1; February 8

TIME: 8:45 am– 3:45 pm

PLEASE RSVP TO HEATHER MUDFORD AT 519 637 3034



The P.I.E.C.E.S.

16 hour program focusses on the development of 6 core competencies:



+ Detect or flag cognitive/mental health needs and associated behavioural issues.
+ Use the template to guide a systematic, comprehensive, and team approach to complex issues.
+ Use the recommended tools to collect data.
+ Plan care with others (internal and external to the organization).
+ Evaluate based on the goals developed through care planning.
+ Coach other staff to develop the above five competencies in others

Time & Location

Day 1 | February 1, 2013
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Day 2 | February 19, 2013
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Location
Regional Mental Health Care Centre
467 Sunset Drive
St. Thomas, ON N5R 5X7

Deadline: January 18, 2013
Cost: $180.00 CAD*
* funded through BSO Program for eligible participants



“No Indians or Dogs Allowed”

A Historical Overview of the Relationship between Canada and it’s First Nations

January 29th, 2013 6:30pm

Carnegie Room, St. Thomas Library

153 Curtis Street St. Thomas



UPCOMING EVENTS



Kids Grief Group

Starting January 8th ending April 23rd 2013

For children ages 5-13

Activities include: Sharing groups, arts and crafts, games a commemoration ceremony, and much more!

To be held in the Elgin Mall Community Room the 2nd and 4th Tuesday 4 to 5:30pm

Contact Serenity House for more information 519 637 3034


VON Open House

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

St. Thomas Senior Centre- 225 Chestnut Street

Drop in- 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m


PAMPER DAY

FOR CAREGIVERS ONLY

March 6th, 2013


PEOPLE NEEDED FOR THE FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE UP COMING EVENTS INCLUDE HIKE FOR HOSPICE AND DANCING WITH THE DOC'S


WORDS FROM LYNN DAVIS

Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Will Schwalbe, the author of “The End of Your Life Book Club”

Will and his mother Mary Anne loved to read and discuss what they were reading—a love that grew even more important after Mary Anne was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.

The “End of Your Life Book Club” is a very wise book which meditates on death, dying and parent-child relationships. Interspersed between this motif, are countless smaller grains of wisdom, sometimes from Will and sometimes from his mother. In each chapter, the author uses a book or several books as a conduit for his message.

There is a possibility that Mr. Schwalbe may visit us in the Spring. In the Meantime, I am trying to determine if there is any interest in forming a small book club, based upon his book and the books they read. Some of the books on their book list deal with cancer or death, but other books, on their list are “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “Olive Kitteridge. Our club could meet at serenity House Hospice and take any form we want…. Anybody interested in pursuing this? Call or e mail Lynn lynn.serenityhh@gmail.com



Next Board Meeting January 15th at 5:00pm

When I book volunteer meetings, I hear a lot of people being unable to come due to the time. I have changed the time of the meetings to hopefully suit the volunteers better.