Friends & Family Newsletter
December 2019 Holiday Edition
The dark nights are now illuminated by twinkling coloured lights, letting us know the holiday season is just around the corner. A time for singing songs, sharing meals, and spending precious moments with those you love.This issue features holiday celebrations at Broadmead Care.
A Message from the Board of Directors & CEO
With the Christmas season here once again, all of us at Broadmead Care would like to extend our warm wishes to you and your family. We look forward to celebrating the season together with you and your loved ones in each of our care homes.
This past year at has been a very important one for Broadmead Care. Building on a legacy of high quality person-centred care, we began a new journey to further improve the quality of care and, even more importantly, the quality of life for everyone we have the honour to serve and care for. We are calling it The Broadmead Way. While good clinical and personal care are essential for each resident, our most important work is to help people to live with meaning and purpose, to live as fully as they can, to feel like they belong, and to feel loved. That’s the driving idea behind our new Purpose… “To build communities where every person can experience well being and happiness”.
This is the time of year we begin planning for next year. You can help us determine our priorities for 2020 by letting us know what is important to you and your loved ones, how one can best experience wellbeing and happiness in our care homes. Please consider sending us your opinions, thoughts and ideas related to this question:

“If there was one thing that Broadmead Care could change, or do better to help your loved ones experience wellbeing and happiness in our care homes, what would that be?”
You can provide your input in the following ways:
By email:
In writing:        Feel free to write down your ideas and leave them at the
Reception desk.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, Executive Team and all of us at Broadmead Care, very best wishes to you and yours for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Heather Parry, Board Chair & David Cheperdak, CEO
Beckley Farm Lodge
Christmas Social
Friends and family are invited to attend the Beckley Farm Christmas Social. There will music and light refreshments. Date and time to be announced.

Check your December Activity Calendar for more fun holiday events or speak with the Activities department.
December 25 Guest Meals
Please RSVP no later that December 17 if you will be joining us for a meal on Christmas day.
Christmas Gift Reminders

If you live out of town and will be sending a gift for your loved one, include a quick note to staff to let us know if you would like us to hold onto your gift until Christmas, and if you would like a staff member to help un-box it on your behalf.

This holiday season if you are gifting your loved one an article of clothing, please bring it to the nursing station to be marked with the resident's name.
Nigel & Harriet House
Christmas Party Invitation
Friends and family are invited to attend the Nigel and Harriet House Christmas Party. The party will be on Friday December 6, 5:00pm at Garth Homer Centre, 813 Darwin Avenue.

Please join us for dinner and merriment!

R.S.V.P to Rob Richter no later than November 28, 2019 at
Rest Haven Lodge
Holiday Tea
Join Rest Haven Lodge in holiday festivities this season. On December 1 residents, family members, volunteers and staff are invited to a festive tea at 2:00pm to commence the holiday season.

Mark you calendar with the following events:
December 1, 2;00pm Holiday tea (Everyone welcome)
December 3 & 4, 10:30am Bus outing to the Annual
Nativity Exhibit
December 25, 12:00pm Christmas Lunch
December 31, 6:00 - 7:00pm New Years Eve Party
Veterans Memorial Lodge
Festive Luncheons
Please join residents, family members, volunteers and staff in celebration of the festive season. The following luncheons will be a chance to gather and celebrate with wonderful food, music, carols and friends.

A1 Lodge Wednesday December 4, 12:30 – 2:00pm in the Oak Room
A2 Lodge Wednesday December 18, 12:30 – 2:00pm in the Dining Room
A3 Lodge Wednesday December 11, 12:30 – 2:00pm in the Oak Room
B1 Magnolia Tuesday December 10, 12:30 – 2:00pm in the Dining Room
B1 Palm North Tuesday December 17, 12:30 – 2:00pm in the Dining Room
B1 Palm South Tuesday December 3, 12:30 – 2:00pm in the Dining Room
B2 Lodge Thursday December 5, 12:30 – 2:00pm in the Dining Room
B3 Lodge Thursday December 12, 12:30 – 2:00pm in the Dining Room
To help with food preparation and due to space limitations we require all guest R.S.V.P by November 28th.

Parking at Veterans Memorial Lodge in December
With the festive season upon us it can often be difficult to find parking. There is on-street parking available on Royal Oak Drive and Chatterton Way. If you are able to do so, please consider parking ‘off site’ to free up parking spaces for visitors with mobility challenges. 
Requests for Guest Meals
Over the festive season we receive many requests from family and friends to join their loved ones for a meal. Guest meal tickets must be purchased in advanced through Reception. For Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day we encourage you to purchase your ticket as soon as possible, as there is a maximum capacity for each meal.
Gift Wrapping
Broadmead Care Volunteers will be hosting gift wrapping by donation in the lobby of Veterans Memorial Lodge. All funds raised will benefit the residents though programs such as creative arts, music & memories, and spiritual care.

Gift wrapping will start Wednesday December 4 at 10:00am. Look for posters, or click here for the full schedule.
Christmas Gift Clothing Labelling
This holiday season if you are giving your loved one clothing, please remember to bring it to the care station for labelling. You are welcomed to bring the item in before December 25th to be labelled prior to wrapping. If you have any questions speak to a staff member on the lodge.
5th Annual Holiday Door Decorating
Veterans Memorial Lodge
Staff, residents, families, and volunteers are invited to decorate doors and windows for our ‘Holiday Walking Tour’ around Veterans Memorial Lodge. Decorating will start Saturday November 30th.

  • Room numbers and resident names must be visible
  • No fire/emergency doors or main doors of lodges 
  • Only battery operated lights to avoid cords and tripping hazards
  • Only masking tape or green painter’s tape to protect paint and finishes
  • Vote for your favorite display from December 4 to January 1, 2020.
  • A map and voting ballots will be available at reception.
  • Residents, family, volunteers, and staff are encouraged to walk around and vote on their favorite displays.

Look forward to seeing all the wonderful displays! Any questions please forward to Cathy Rosenberg, Social Worker B Level. Please remove decorations for the New Year, thanks!
Veterans Memorial Lodge Holiday Light Up
A Special Thank you to the Saanich Lions Club

The Saanich Lions (formally the Royal Oak Lions) have been installing outdoor Christmas lights at Veteran Memorial Lodge for over 20 years. The Lions are recruiting new members to expand their impact with the Broadmead Care Christmas light up and other community projects.
Contact Brian Morin for more information
On Tuesday, December 3rd, bring together your family, friends, and neighbours to celebrate #GivingTuesday . This is a wonderful opportunity to unite loved ones and our community while supporting our veterans, seniors, and adults with disabilities – right at the start of the giving season!

Seasonal Wellness
Flu Season Update
Provincial Influenza Prevention

If you have not already received your annual influenza immunization, we encourage you to get one as soon as possible. The Provincial Medical Health Officer has continued the policy that requires staff, volunteers, contractors, family and visitors to be immunized against influenza or wear a mask for the duration of flu season, effective December 1, 2019.

If you are sick, we request that you stay home and rest until you are feeling better. Depending on the type of illness, you may still spread the virus one or two days after you are feeling well.

Thank you for helping us promote a healthy environment for all the residents and staff. If you would like more information or have questions, please speak to one of the Nurses. And remember, washing your hands is the best defense in preventing the spread of infections and illness.
Tips for Walking in Winter

On the ‘wet coast’ we experience mostly mild and often rainy weather throughout the winter months. When snow does arrive, it is heavy, wet and turns to ice quickly.  Hazards related to driving in snow and icy conditions are typically noted, but rarely is walking on snow and ice addressed. Slipping and falling while walking accounts for a large number of winter-related injuries and can have an impact on the quality of life for the injured person particularly as we age. Listed below are some tips to remember when Mother Nature serves us a dish of winter weather.
  • Wear proper footwear. Wear shoes with heavy treading and a flat bottom that place the entire foot on the surface of the ground.
  • Wear things that help you see and be seen. Wear sunglasses during the day to cut the glare so you can see. Wearing bright and reflective clothing helps you be seen by drivers.
  • Plan ahead. Walk consciously on icy sidewalks and parking lots. Look up to see where the next icy spots are and be aware of any vehicles near you.
  • Listen. Avoid listening to music or talking on the phone while walking in icy or snowy conditions.  Pedestrians need to be able to hear approaching traffic or other noises.
  • Anticipate ice. Approach wet pavement with caution as it may be black ice.  Ice will often appear in the mornings and form again in the evenings as the sun sets.
  • Take steps slowly. When walking down steps, take them slowly and deliberately. Plant your feet securely on each step and be sure to have a firm grip on the handrail.
  • Enter buildings slowly. Wipe your feet on the entry matting – not only will it help prevent you from slipping and falling, it will help keep others safe as well.
  • Avoid shortcuts. A shortcut path may be dangerous because it is less likely that snow and ice removal occurred.
  • Look up. Be aware of what you’re walking under. Falling snow and ice can cause injuries.
Broadmead Care Society
4579 Chatterton Way
Victoria BC, V8X 4Y7

Donations Office: (250)658-3274

General Inquires: (250) 658-0311

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