Category: News

Decorating our Christmas tree

Thank you to all who made the decorating of our Christmas tree

such a special occasion for everyone involved

  

 



We are hiring Staff/Nurse Supervisor LPN

Are you a caring professional who is looking for a rewarding yet challenging career?

Do you want to help people be the best they can be?

If so the we may be the place you are looking for

We are currently hiring for the following position:

Staff / Nurse Supervisors (LPN)

  • Must have current registration to practice nursing in Nova Scotia.
  • Possess analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Experience in mental health care is desirable.

This position is a permanent/full time position.

Please fill in our online application here

or send your résumé to:

Jill Peterson

PO Box 130

140 Sunset Lane,

Pugwash, NS, B0K 1L0

Or email it to Jill Peterson



We Are Hiring (Full/Part Time Residential Counsellors)

 

complete an online application here

Send Résumés to churley@sunsetcommunity.ca

or send by mail to:

Catherine Hurley

P.O Box 130

140 Sunset Lane

Pugwash

Nova Scotia, B0K 1L0



November Lifestyles Calendar

Take a look at the Lifestyles activities for the month of

 November

 



Patchwork Gardens (A Poem)

 

It started Spring of 2017…  Shawn Crouse, Elaine Baptiste, Lynda Reeves and others made the scene.

They brought in a good crop that year

all because they truly so care for the Residents and their continuing care.

Many teams make up this DREAM….from Maintenance, Support Services, Lifestyles, Julie….our own CEO!  Shawn Crouse and his staff work and all these different individuals give their time, talent and back…to see that this DREAM stays on track.

All these people do their part cause all these people truly have a good heart. 

You can see them all in the wee hours of the a.m.

You can see individuals from the committee out in the garden doing plenty from watering flowers, herbs and veggies. 

These living items all grow and bloom. 

Now a paved pathway, with lots of room.

To all the many volunteers, Debbie etc. who came out and overseen it all.

Family members of the residents and staff came out…

so let’s give a shout.

Hip hip hooray…Bet you see them out there today!

By,  Theresa Ryan

 



Mental Illness Awareness Week 1-7 Oct 2018

 

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.

Follow the link to their page here



Continuing Care Month

Sunset Community Celebrates

Continuing Care Month “Your Home, Our Passion”

On September 24th, Sunset Community gathered in our newly accessible Patchwork Garden to celebrate Continuing Care Month. During the event we enjoyed the beauty of our garden and the creativity of our people; which was highlighted in our first Scarecrow building competition.

“Our Patchwork Garden would not be possible without the dedication of employees and residents who volunteer their time and efforts in the garden,” says Julie Matheson, executive director.  Yesterday’s special event was part of the celebrations being held across the province to recognize the continuing care sector and the contributions of its employees and what that means for the Nova Scotians who require their support. Continuing Care programs and services help people to maximize their independence, promote their health and well-being, sustain or enhance their quality of life, and support families to meet the ongoing care needs of their loved ones.

Continuing Care Month is celebrated each year in September. The goal of the annual campaign is to recognize the contributions of the thousands of Nova Scotians who work in continuing care in a variety of practice settings across the province, such as nursing homes, home care organizations, residential care facilities and adult residential centres/regional rehabilitation centres.

The theme, Continuing Care: Your Home, Our Passion, reflects the aim of continuing care services to help people to live well in the place they can call home.  It also reinforces the commitment and compassion of the many people who have chosen this caring field of employment. 

The campaign is also about profiling the advances being made in Nova Scotia’s continuing care sector to improve quality of life and quality of care for the Nova Scotians who rely on these important services.

Please visit www.continuingcaremonth.ca to read a variety of stories highlighting this year’s campaign theme, as well as other helpful and interesting information regarding Nova Scotia’s continuing care sector.

  



Diverse Abilities NS (Media Release)

 

MEDIA RELEASE

Association Announces Launch of New Name and Brand Identity

HALIFAX, September 20, 2018 – The Association of Adult Residential and Regional Rehabilitation
Centres, who collectively provide a wide array of services and residential supports for over 600
persons with disabilities in Nova Scotia, announced today the launch of a new name and brand
identity. The association will now be known as Diverse Abilities NS. Among the other changes will be
its logo, domain name (diverseabilitiesns.ca) and the introduction of the tagline, Communities.
Empowerment. Choice.

“The Association felt it was important to have a more modern name that more accurately reflects
the range of people supported by our organizations and the breadth of expertise and services that
we offer in addition to residential supports,” says Millie Colbourne, Chair of Diverse Abilities NS and
CEO of Breton Ability Centre. “Likewise, our new tagline reflects our goal to support individuals to
learn and develop the skills they need to enable their transition to other community living options.”

The Association of ARC/RRCs (now known as Diverse Abilities NS) supports a broad range of
individuals with moderate to severe intellectual and/or physical disabilities, chronic mental illness,
addictions, and acquired brain injuries. They provide a continuum of progressive services and
supports that are designed to empower people with diverse abilities to make their own choices,
participate in decision-making, and to be contributors to and participate in their local community.
While services may vary across organizations, collectively the sector currently provides community
based and facility based independent living services; outreach programs; vocational programs; adult
service centres; day programs; recreation programs; positive behaviour support programs; Low
Arousal behaviour management services; and respite care.

“The individuals that we support have complex challenges associated with their diagnosis. These
range of services are designed to respond to those challenges and help ensure our residents achieve
their full potential, enable their inclusion in community, and to live as independently as possible,
says Colbourne.”

Joyce d’Entremont, CEO of the Meadows Community in Bridgetown, says the Association members
are very excited about this change and that it marks a pivotal point in their future direction as
providers of services to persons with disabilities. “We are advocates for our residents and want to
help the overall sector move forward in a positive way to enrich the lives of persons with disabilities.
We share a common commitment to inclusive community living and as such, all have a responsibility
to promote understanding and acceptance of our residents in the community and to ensure they
develop the skills they need to live independently.”

The Association chose to launch its new brand identity in conjunction with Continuing Care Month, a
month-long recognition of the importance of the Continuing Care and Disability Support Program
Sectors and the differences their many dedicated employees are making in the lives of Nova Scotians
who access these services. The annual awareness campaign held each September also aims to
encourage people to learn more about the continuing care programs and services available to Nova
Scotians across the lifespan.

Diverse Abilities NS is a voluntary, non-profit, member-based association of organizations who work
together to support people with varying abilities to reach their greatest potential and to live as
independently as possible. This includes seeking ways to improve the quality of life for persons with
disabilities by collaborating with individuals, groups, organizations and government; seeking
opportunities to promote a positive image of their members; utilizing collective skills and knowledge
in planning for the future; providing opportunities and encouragement for employees to gain
education and knowledge which will assist in the provision of services; and promote the
understanding and acceptance of individuals with disabilities. The membership of Diverse Abilities
NS is made up of all the ARC/RRCs across the province.

Media Contact:
Mary Donovan, Director
Member and Partner Engagement
Health Association Nova Scotia
902-832-8513
902-292-2761



A Poem – Continuing Care Sector

 

The month of September is here

The month Stephen McNeil did declare

Continuing Care Sector Month.

 

Let’s shout it from the roof top

And hope these people never stop

For where would we be without them?

 

Without all their help, support, and care

We wouldn’t have a prayer!

 

After the hospital comes Continuing Care

Whether it’s in a nursing home, in your own home, or in A.R.C

 

Being with them is the place to be

They help us all be the best we can be!

 

It’s September, so let’s celebrate and sing WHOOPIE,

For helping us be the best we can be!

 

Thank you

Theresa Ryan



A few pictures from our grand opening

20th July 2018

Thank you to all who made our grand opening a wonderful occasion and for all the support we have received since we opened our social enterprise. The opportunities this store provides to those we support truly makes a difference in peoples lives.



Location

140 Sunset Lane,
Pugwash, Nova Scotia,
B0K 1L0

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Phone: 902.243.2571
Fax: 902.243.3222

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