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Provincial Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie (left) connects with Sunridge resident Lorna Taylor (right) and Director of Care Debbie Easson (standing) during a visit to Sunridge Place in Duncan on Friday, July 11. Appointed in March, Mackenzie visited Sunridge as part of her initial “listening tour” of the province.


A quest to learn what seniors around the province want for their future brought provincial Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie to Duncan on July 11 to visit one of Park Place’s care homes.

Appointed on March 19 as Canada’s first Seniors Advocate, Mackenzie’s responsibility is to serve as the voice for seniors in B.C. Her mandate includes the monitoring and review of system-wide issues affecting the well-being of seniors and helping raise awareness province-wide about services for seniors.

In Duncan, Mackenzie visited Sunridge Place, a seniors’ residence owned by Park Place Seniors Living. Mackenzie said she chose Sunridge Place because the residence offers both assisted living and complex (nursing) care. “It’s a good physical environment: single rooms with ensuite baths and bright, airy spaces,” Mackenzie said. She also noted some good practices being followed by staff and said she had spoken with very engaged residents.

Mackenzie has already visited many communities throughout B.C., touring residences and speaking to providers of seniors’ services in addition to holding Town Hall meetings.
She had also visited Park Place's Spring Valley Care Home in Kelowna.

One of her goals is to find out what seniors want for their futures and how available services in different parts of the province meet those needs.
“The strongest theme is that seniors want to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible,” Mackenzie said. Affordable housing and support services help seniors remain independent but Mackenzie found the availability of both varies depending on the individual community.

She has also found that while seniors strive for independence, families and friends who love them may be less willing to accept the risk of seniors living independently despite failing health.

“We want to give people freedom of choice until they make a choice we don’t agree with. We may say we’re going to listen to seniors but we’re not good with allowing seniors to accept risk,” Mackenzie said. “It’s about the journey. Are we going to let seniors choose their journey?”


Spring Valley Administrator and Park Place Accreditation Coordinator Louise Johnson, RN, (centre) with the HEABC Award of Merit for Innovation,
received at a province-wide awards ceremony June 23. Johnson received the award for her development of an Ethical Decision Making framework.

Park Place’s Louise Johnson, RN, was honoured with an Award of Merit June 23 at the prestigious province-wide Excellence in B.C. Health Care Awards, which recognized outstanding health care leaders from throughout the province.

The award was given in the Health Care Innovation category and recognized Johnson’s development of an Ethical Decision-Making Framework for complex care.
The project was selected as one of the top three innovations in health care from many submissions from throughout B.C.

The Ethical Framework is a practical seven-step decision-making process that staff in complex care homes can use to help make the best choices for residents. Complexities include recognizing the rights of the individual, including those who may not be able to speak for themselves, the wishes of the family, and any contributing medical factors.
Often there are situations for which there is no automatic “right” answer, so care givers must strive to make the best decision in the interests of the resident and with the involvement of family and/or friends. The framework gives care professionals training and guidance in that process.

Established in 2007 by the Health Employers’ Association of B.C., the award program seeks to recognize health care visionaries who make a huge difference in the lives of British Columbians. The award program also encourages the sharing of best practices throughout the health care system. B.C. Minister of Health Terry Lake called the achievements of the winners “inspiring. I commend each winner for their passion and commitment to health care. These individuals are not only outstanding health employees, they are outstanding British Columbians.” 

Earlier this year, Johnson’s Ethical Framework Development project was also chosen as the Innovation of the Year for 2014 by B.C. Care Providers Association.

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Shannon Falls in Squamish joins Park Place

Shannon Falls Retirement Residence in Squamish, B.C. is a recently constructed residence in the heart of Squamish that offers both independent living and subsidized assisted living. Residents enjoy served meals, on-site activities and entertainment, suites with dramatic mountain views, and are walking distance to downtown and the local seniors centre.

Shannon Falls has both private pay independent living suites and subsidized assisted living suites. Subsidized suites are accessed through Vancouver Coastal Health.

Private Pay suites are currently available. Discover affordable, full-service retirement living in one of Canada's best small towns - only 40 minutes from the North Shore of Vancouver. Call 604-848-2000 ext. 5001.

For more information, click here to visit the Shannon Falls website.


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FEBRUARY 19, DUNCAN: Park Place Seniors Living is pleased to confirm that the company is in the process of acquiring Sunridge Place in Duncan.

Park Place is a family-owned, Vancouver-based company which owns and operates 17 seniors’ residences in B.C. and Alberta, including care homes, assisted living complexes and retirement residences. In order to uphold the company mission to “enrich the lives of seniors”, Park Place Seniors Living ensures all its care homes are nationally accredited by Accreditation Canada.

This not-for-profit agency surveys care homes across Canada to measure the standards of care and service. National Accreditation validates the quality and excellence of care being provided to residents and gives families peace of mind.

Both the current owner and Park Place Seniors Living confirm that Sunridge will continue to operate and provide excellent care for residents. Over the coming weeks Park Place will be meeting and communicating with residents, families, staff and their union to introduce the company and ensure a smooth transition.
The sale is expected to be completed in June this year.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Sunridge Place to the Park Place family,” said Ian West, Vice President of Operations. “Sunridge will also be joining a sister site, Cerwydden Care Home, which is also in Duncan and owned by Park Place Seniors Living.”



 New Horizons Community of Care joins the Park Place family

Date: September 27, 2013 From Park Place Seniors Living
The newest member of the Park Place family is New Horizons Community of Care, a 94-bed complex care home in Campbell River. Park Place owners Al and Jenny Jina are proud to add this beautiful, newer care home to Park Place.

Opened in 2008 and operated under contract with the Vancouver Island Health Authority, New Horizons has an excellent reputation in the community for high quality seniors care. The home also has eight private pay beds.

For more information on New Horizons, please click here to visit the New Horizons website.


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