Jubilee Residences (Porteous Lodge and Stensrud Lodge) held amazing Christmas contests that brought about tons of joy and laughter for residents and staff. SEIU-West member and Porteous staff Carmene Doucette wrote a wonderful and heartwarming piece about the story of ‘Door Wars’:
I am always saddened when I watch the news and see another report about Elder abuse. I don’t disagree that this unfortunately happens. It truly makes me ill. However, I also believe that there are more “Good Stories” that are to be told as well. Unfortunately, more time and energy is spent on the “negativity” than the “positive”.
Our story begins with our Healthy Workplace Committee (HWPC). We are always trying to get fresh ideas about how to make the workplace fun. We have held many different theme days, potlucks, fun with our residents, etc.
I will try to keep this short as I could go on forever about the life of our Porteous Family. During one of our HWPC meetings a suggestion was made to have a Door Decorating Contest for Christmas. We presented it to the staff, the result and experience of this event has been a very heartwarming experience for all Residents and Staff…our Family.
Many do not realize that we spend more time with our Residents and Co-workers than we do our own families. Christmas is a time of year when everyone is so very busy, however, the time, effort, creativity, teamwork, imagination and love that has gone in to our “DOOR WARS” as it has been named is truly a sign of how much we care for our Residents and each other. We are a Family.
Christmas is also a time of year when many of our residents feel lonely. More so than any other time of year it seems. They often reminisce about Christmas with their families. They also talk about moving into long term care (LTC) because of various reasons and how they now have a family once again to enjoy and make memories.
Imagine how it must be for them. Many come from living alone for many years and because of health or other reasons need the help of LTC. You are now living with 100 other people, being dependent on someone else for basic everyday needs, washing your face, brushing your teeth, going to the bathroom, taking a bath etc etc etc. Your family now consists of living in a home of 100 family members 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year. Not many of us could live this way, could we?
That’s why, we, as care providers do our utmost best to make HOME the best place to be. It is truly apparent when you see the efforts of all when you walk into our home and see, feel and experience the love we all share, especially at Christmas. It has been a remarkable experience of love, sharing and giving. Especially for our residents we call FAMILY, (and for many, we are the only family they have).
There is so much to be said about daily living in LTC, it is difficult to stop. We do our best with what we have and will continue to do so.
Thank you so much for your meaningful words, Carmene.
Be sure to check out the awesome doors: