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General · 10th November 2013
Maureen McDowell
Island 'Boomers' envision the perfect Quadra Radical Resthome

Housing Committee: A third seniors residence model which Quadra Circle's Housing Committee visited last month was a private licensed personal-care home. Evelyn Carruthers, RN, has owned and operated Cummings Home at 1926 Cummings Rd. in Courtenay (off McDonald at Sheraton) for 15 years. She lives on the upper floor, provides 24-hour nursing care and administers medications to the six residents. (VIHA requires different standards for care homes with more than 6 residents.) Cummings Home provides assisted, complex and palliative care. The location is residential but not easy for walking, with no stores or activities nearby. Some residents drive. The cost is $3000 per month for full care. The Applicant must be able to sleep through the night and call for help. Cummings Home can't assist dementia patients, but can accommodate residents who need increasing care.

The ground-floor entrance of this large, compact home opens into a livingroom with comfy furniture, piano and a galley kitchen. The Main hall connects this area with all the bedrooms, Bath Room, then Dining Room which opens onto a deck and landscaped yard. Adjacent to the Dining Room is another livingroom where events such as birthdays are celebrated with residents and their families. The simple lay-out is efficient and easy for residents to navigate. The 6 bed-sitting rooms (approx.300 sq.ft.) have hospital beds and wheelchair-accessible half-bathrooms; residents furnish their own rooms. They have assistance to use a jacuzzi bath with a hoist and a walk-in shower in the central Bath Room twice weekly or as needed. Laundry is done weekly, but residents clean their own rooms. Each resident has a storage closet in the Main hall. Small pets are negotiable.

Staffing: Jane, the daytime manager/Care Aide cooks the 3 meals per day, helps residents dress, etc. She works Monday to Thursday and overnights, while another staff person does the same on weekends. Jenny, the housekeeper/janitor, assists residents in afternoon and can take individuals on outings. The staff have worked there for several years, know the residents well and provide consistent caring. Residents feel like a small family and help each other.

A Care Home of this type could be workable on Quadra, particularly if operated by a not-for-profit society with input from the residents and with a subsidy for low-income folks. The Quadra Circle Housing Committee is meeting twice a month to plan for more seniors housing and care options on Quadra. For more information or to get involved call Mary at 285-3084.

Quadra Home MealsThe Quadra Home Meals program provides weekly meal orders for a nominal cost of $5 per meal to Island seniors or care-givers unable to cook regularly and to anyone dealing with illness or recovering from surgery. These tasty, nutritious meals are prepared specially for the program by the Gowlland Harbour Resort Chef. (“A 10 out of 10!” is one satisfied customer's rating for our meals.) Choices range from soup/stew with bun, to a small entree to a full meal with fish or meat, vegetables and a starch. Food preferences, allergies and special diets are accommodated. Meals can be reheated or frozen for later use. You can pick them up at the Community Centre on Wednesdays between 11:30am and 12 noon. If needed, the meals can be delivered by our volunteers. To order by Sunday noon call Marie:285-3950, Lynda:285-3205 or Karen: 285-3064.

Friday Lunch: On Nov.15 June Grain talks about dealing with chronic illnesses. Join us at 1281 West Road (in the Lower Level of Quadra Bible Church). Arrive for 11am armchair exercises with Ann Lawrence or at noon for lunch (by donation) and the presentation. You'll receive a warm welcome! For more information contact Karen at 285-3064 or Mary at 285-3084.