Park Place People: Big Support for Team Tee-Shirt Initiative

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented challenge for our teams in long term care, assisted living, supportive living, and independent living. With teams in BC, Alberta, and Ontario, in both urban and more rural communities, we have learned so much together about pandemic safety and teamwork.

It’s been seven months since the pandemic was declared. Ever since, our Park Place leaders and frontline teams have been meeting strict protocols and high expectations. They have learned how to decipher and implement orders from Provincial Medical Health Officers; educate and keep calm their teams, residents and family members; and navigate a new reality on a daily basis.

A spotlight has been shone on seniors care over the past few months and Park Place teams have tirelessly worked to provide pandemic safety and the best care possible in these new circumstances. While more people in the general public are learning about what it takes to support and care for the seniors in our communities, what our family members and friends have always known is that Park Place People have ALWAYS been essential.

Early this summer, the idea of a team tee shirt recognizing Park Place People was floated. This would be a large undertaking with approximately 3500 employees on the frontline. Since the declaration of the pandemic, family members have been very supportive and appreciative. They have shown this through organized expressions of gratitude including drive-by parades, gift cards for staff meals, window painting, messages in the snow, and more. We decided to open up the opportunity for family members and friends of Park Place to sponsor this tee shirt initiative for our frontlines.

And did they respond? By the end of the summer, we had sponsorship dollars totalling over $13,000! This amount covered approximately half the cost of the tee shirt design, production, and shipping. The remaining cost is being sponsored by Park Place and owners, the Jina family.

This project is truly “From Our Family to Yours” in honour of the steadfast care from Park Place frontline Site Leaders and their teams from many backgrounds, in every department including food service, care, maintenance, housekeeping, and administration. It also recognizes our head office support staff, along with executive leadership.

During this pandemic, before and after, Park Place People are Always Essential. We hope this small token for our large team helps to connect everyone across the Park Place portfolio.

Park Place Seniors Living Supports Free Health Care Aid Training Program in BC

BC’s current climate has highlighted the important need for increased education and training opportunities in seniors’ care. Recently, the BC Care Provider Association (BCCPA), secured a new Community Workforce Response grant of over $800,000 to train 48 students interested in pursuing careers as health care assistants. The funding will cover the entire cost of tuition for participants in addition to providing financial supports for travel, childcare, and other allowances.

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Message from Park Place Seniors Living President, Al Jina

Keeping our residents safe and well cared during this Pandemic requires our front line staff to come to work and be safe while providing care and service. In order for them to do so means for them to have the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, gowns, and gloves.

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Healthy Aging and Independent Living – 4 ways retirement communities can benefit your health

It finally happened. Your kids or grandkids said the word you’ve been dreading for the past 10 years “seniors home” (gasp!). You’re thinking I’m fully capable of taking care of myself, I don’t need to be in a home, I’m not old. And you’re right. You don’t need to be in a home. This is where independent living options come in. We can feel your eyes rolling but, hear us out! Independent living differs greatly from the traditional nursing care homes you likely grew up associating all seniors homes with. Independent living residents are retired, fully capable 65+ Seniors who are simply looking for more freedom. Freedom from household chores. Freedom from cooking every meal. Freedom to socialize and enjoy this time.

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Thank You to Our Local Heroes

A sincere thank you was extended to firefighters who battled the summer’s Mt. Hicks wildfire at a dinner on Friday, October 12th.

Members from Kent Harrison Search and Rescue, Agassiz, Popkum, Harrison, Seabird and BC Wildfire were invited to the buffet-style dinner at the Agassiz Seniors Community (formerly Cheam Village) where community members got a chance to thank the crews for their hard work fighting the hill-side blaze.

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Benevolence Care Centre – Now Open in Edmonton

Park Place Seniors Living welcomed its newest home of 99 Long Term Care beds, Benevolence Care Centre, on April 12th, 2018. Located in Edmonton, Alberta construction of the residence began in June of 2016 and employs over 100 professional staff. The brand new 82,000 square foot care centre features private rooms. On-site special amenities include: a spa room on each level, TVs located throughout the building, fireplaces in all lounges, an open-air patio, 2nd level patio, a dining room on each level and is surrounded by a beautiful park-like setting.

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