Tremendous response to mental health survey will help improve care for nursing home residents

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 1:52pm

Thanks to the participation and support of those who work in long term care across the district, more than 1,000 people responded to a survey about the mental health services provided in nursing homes. The survey is an initiative by the Care by Design Mental Health Committee.

This tremendous response included nurses, physicians, administrators, social workers, housekeeping and nutritional staff and more. The data collected will help improve the mental health services provided to nursing home residents in Capital Health. The survey responses will inform a plan to improve care for residents requiring mental health supports, as well reduce the stress on care providers.

Barbara Hall, Capital Health’s VP Person-Centered Health and Dr. Steven Soroka, VP Medicine, joined Dr. Barry Clarke, Dr. David Pilon and Joan Boniface from Senior’s Mental Health to recognize the long term care sector’s collaboration on this initiative, and to draw names for the survey prizes. Everyone who responded to the survey had a chance to win.

Congratulations to the following ten winners, who will each receive a $50 Lawton’s Drug gift certificate:

  • Jean Dempsey, The Admiral
  • Carol Farmer, Arborstone Enhanced Care
  • Brandon Inde, Parkstone Enhanced Care
  • Lori MacDougall, Ivany Place        
  • Justine Antonio, Parkstone Enhanced Care
  • Medalla Mendoza, Glasgow Hall
  • Amanda Whitman, St. Vincent’s Nursing Home
  • Karen Snook, Northwood at the Harbour
  • Helen Kelley, Parkstone Enhanced Care
  • Stacey Ward, Northwood at the Harbour

The winners were drawn Tuesday, Sept. 17. Left to right in the photo are: Dr. Barry Clarke, District Medical Director, Integrated Continuing Care, Capital Health; Dr. David Pilon, Program Leader, Specialty Mental Health Services, Capital Health; Christel Mueller, Project Manager, Integrated Continuing Care; Barbara Hall, Capital Health’s VP Person-Centered Health, Dr. Steven Soroka, VP Medicine, and Joan Boniface from Senior’s Mental Health.