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Victoria Village Manor Family Council

Initiatives


The VVM Family council works hard to provide programs and services to both residents and family members throughout the year. A few of those are:


Bradford Greenhouses Partner program

2017 is the fourth year of partnership between Victoria Village Manor and the Bradford Greenhouse Gallery's points program. From April 15 to October 15, points earned from all purchases made at either location can be donated to VVM to be redeemed for products and services ranging from holiday decorations, annuals, perennials and more.

It's simple. When you arrive at the check-out counter, advise the cashier that you want to donate your points to Victoria Village Manor. You MUST do this BEFORE they begin to enter your items or it will be too late. Over the course of the six months of the program, points will accumulate and we will receive our gift card in December.

In 2016, thanks to the generous participation of friends and family, Victoria Village Manor earned a gift card in the amount of $228.32 which will be used throughout the year to beautify VVM surroundings. Thank you for your contribution to the success of the program!

We are now into the 2017 program so please consider making all your gardening, gift-giving and décor purchases at Bradford Greenhouse Gallery.

If you have questions the partnership program, please contact Victoria Village Manor.

 


Dare to Dream


The Dare to Dream program provides residents with the opportunity to experience an outing otherwise unavailable to them, most often because they have no family members to assist and/or due to their own physical or mental limitations. Click on resident names to read about their fulfilled Dreams at Victoria Village" and list each resident's name as a link to their individual dream.

Linda Ottaway - May 2015
Sylvia Thompson - November 2014
Nellie and Zonko Bak - June 2013
Joseph MacNeil - July 2013

The ‘Dreams’ are generally very modest by most standards and the outings are fully funded by the Family Council fund raising initiatives. Up until October 2013, fund raising was primarily achieved through the Zehrs tapes program which was very successful and has resulted in a solid cash position for Dare to Dream. Unfortunately however, Zehrs has since terminated the program and as such we are currently looking for a new fund-raising initiative to replace that program.

If you have questions about the Dare to Dream program, please contact Victoria Village Manor.


Education

 

Watch for details on our 2017 Education session.

Dementia. What is it and what should we expect from it?  On November 2, 2016, Dr. Michael McConvey, Medical Director, again joined us to lead this discussion on dementia-related issues. He generously requested that his honorarium be given to the Alzheimer’s Society of Simcoe County.


Beating the Bugs. It’s not always an antibiotic solution. On November 2, 2015, Dr. Michael McConvey, Medical Director was joined by Sheri Kidson from Medical Pharmacies to lead a discussion on the overuse of antibiotics and the risks attached, how the medical and pharmaceutical staff at Victoria Village work together to safely limit the use of antibiotics, and what this means for you and your loved ones. He generously requested that his honorarium be given to the Alzheimer’s Society of Simcoe County.

Coping with Loss and Grief - In October 2014, Family council offered a presentation to address recognizing grief in ourselves and others, with discussion around how to cope with the many losses we face; including peer support, physical health and self-awareness. On-hand were speakers from the North Simcoe Muskoka Palliative Care Network.

The Long Goodbye: Coping with Grief and Loss - How can I tell Dad that Mom has died? In February 2014, speakers from the North Simcoe Muskoka Palliative Care Network and the Alzheimer Society of Greater Simcoe County presented this session for caregivers and families caring for spouses, elderly parents, siblings and individuals who have dementia or other cognitive impairments.

Palliative and End-of-Life Care: A Caregiver’s Perspective - In November 2013, Reverend Steve Boros, Coordinator of Spiritual Care at Victoria Village Manor, led this session which focussed on defining palliative care, when it is appropriate, the rights of the dying person and supporting them and their loved ones.

If you have suggestions for future education sessions, please contact Victoria Village Manor.

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