Village Voice

The Aspirations that Drive a Culture Change Quest

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 11:02am

Each village enhances life for residents in different ways

By Kristian Partington

As Schlegel Villages continues its journey to reshape the way care and support is offered for the residents who make their home in the villages, team members are constantly drawn back to eight “aspirations statements” to guide them. 

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Discovering the Caregivers of Tomorrow

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 2:35pm

Schlegel Villages pushing for more high school education in health and wellness

By Kristian Partington

The most dedicated team members and caregivers in a long-term care or retirement setting can sometimes step into the role having never officially worked with seniors before. They may never have known what skills and gifts they have to offer had someone not given them a chance and opened the door to opportunity.   

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Never Too Old to be Young @ Art

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 12:40pm

Erin Meadows residents discover talent they never knew existed

By Kristian Partington

When a fellow resident at the Village of Erin Meadows in Mississauga suggested she join the Young @ Art group, Donna Lee Traetto was skeptical. Art wasn’t in her blood, Donna thought, she wouldn’t be any good.   

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Expanding the Network of Champions at Annual Innovation Summit

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 2:38pm

Organizers to put out call for submissions to present at June event

By Kristian Partingon

An important strategic priority for Schlegel Villages is to "drive measurably better quality outcomes through programs, research and education.” The annual Innovation Summit, presented in partnership with The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA), “is a perfect example of our commitment to this as we drive decision making to the neighbourhood levels,” says Jaimie Killingbeck, Schlegel Villages Director of Quality and Innovation.  

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Investing in the Growth of Extraordinary Teams

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 1:52pm

A strong team is a ‘really well-oiled engine of excellence.’

By Kristian Partington

“There is very little that can go wrong if you have a strong team,” says Veronique Boscart, the lead researcher from the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging who has been analyzing the effectiveness of the Schlegel Villages Neighbourhood Team Development (NTD) Program since its introduction in early 2014.  

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Schlegel Villages competes at the Healthy Hearts CHEF Challenge

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 2:34pm

Five top SV chefs showcase their skills at gala event for heart health

By Kristian Partington

During a gala evening on Feb. 2 at Toronto’s Bank of Montreal Institute for Learning, guests were treated to a world-class culinary experience led by some of the region’s top chefs. Their collective resumes include such kitchens as Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel or the Mumbai Taj Mahal Hotel and today, they all share one thing in common: their culinary talents are now offered to the residents of retirement communities.

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Thoughts turn to Spring with the Erin Meadows Horticulture Group

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 12:51pm

Heirloom tomatoes and memories of gardens past sprout to life in the village

By Kristian Partington

Decades ago on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh (East Pakistan as it was then known) Mohammed Kashani would often be found tending his quarter-acre garden. Teaming with fruit trees and vegetables, the small plot of land kept his young family comfortably satisfied throughout the year and he looks back on the peace he found working the soil there with fond reminiscence.   

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Walking and Laughing in Support of Alzheimer's Awareness

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 11:06am

Throughout the villages, people gather for final events of a month of awareness

By Kristian Partington

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Inspiring a Little Movement at the Village of Wentworth Heights

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 12:51pm

Creativity and expertise with the kinesiologists and the Program for Active Living

By Kristian Partington

When she decided to move home to Canada after a period of time working with the Australian Institute of Sport, Laura Domenicucci decided she wanted a different kind of job working closely with people.

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'Everything begins with Knowing and Honouring each Resident’s Story'

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 11:25am

“Everything begins with our residents’ stories,” says Heather Luth as she considers the future of support for people in long-term care and retirement settings, especially those living with dementia.

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