September News 2018
Our Annual Terry Fox Walk and Roll will be held Thursday Sept. 6th, starting at 9:30 am.
A pledge board has been set up in the home’s front lobby. All residents who have had a minimum $2.00 pledge donated will be escorted on the 1/3 of a mile walk around the outside of our home. Residents may be sponsored more than once and our goal is to have all 103 residents participate in the walk for cancer research. Please bring donations over $20.00 to the Activation Office so you may have a tax receipt sent to you.
We are also looking for volunteers to assist with escorting residents that morning. There will be refreshments for all participants. This is a great opportunity for our residents to remain active in their community, support a great cause and get some fresh air. Should the weather not cooperate, we will complete the walk indoors. All money raised from this event will go to the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research.
A big Thank You goes out to our local Knights of Columbus for sponsoring a BBQ that was held at Mitchell’s Bay on Aug. 2nd. We had 22 residents from Fairfield Park and 15 residents from Wallaceburg Retirement Residence attend. A great time was had by all!
We also appreciate and enjoyed the Dream Cruise from WAMBO. The residents were thrilled to see the old cars, as well as the fire trucks the next afternoon.
Residents will also enjoy a Shut-in-Mass and Luncheon at Holy Family Church on September 21st
Geri Fashions will be here on Friday October 19th. Their mobile units travel all over Southwestern Ontario, setting up day boutiques for residents and families to shop.
Besides stylish up-to-date regular clothing, Geri Fashions is famous for “open back” and “special needs clothing” for those who are not ambulatory. All are easy care and convenient for the resident and staff alike.
The Activity Department will also have a Harvest Soup and Sandwich Buffet that day, so you can enjoy lunch and shopping with your family member. The cost is only $7.00 and profits from this luncheon will go to our Volunteers. Lunch includes your choice of soup, sandwich, dessert and a beverage.
Did You Know? In long term care residents, 15 – 30 % of men and 25 – 50 % of women have bacteria in their urine that does not cause them any symptoms or problems. This is called asymptomatic bacteriuria. There are some related factors and medical conditions associated with asymptomatic bacteriuria. This may include diabetes, immunosuppression, pelvic prolapse, benign prostatic hypertrophy, bowel incontinence and dehydration to name a few.
Even though, there is no need to treat asymptomatic bacteriuria, 1/3 of the antibiotics ordered for urinary tract infections are ordered for this. This means that many residents are treated unnecessarily with antibiotics which can lead to other more serious conditions such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff). Completing routine urinalysis and treatment for asymptomatic bacteriuria is not recommended for nursing home residents.
Residents experiencing symptoms such as a fever, urinary urgency or frequency, pain when passing their urine and increased incontinence should have a urinalysis completed. The nursing staff will assess and monitor the residents closely and if any symptoms are noted and continue after fluids are pushed for 24 to 48 hours, they will have a urinalysis completed according to the recommendation of Public Health Ontario.
In the best interest of our residents’ it is important that we be aware of and follow best practice guidelines set out by Public Health Ontario.
The 2018 Flu Vaccine consent forms are being mailed with the September billing. Please review, sign and return to Fairfield Park as soon as possible. We will be administering the flu shots as soon as the vaccine is available in October/November. Thank you in advance for your continued support and cooperation.