News from St. Jude's; Winter 2017 - Volume 7 Issue 3
Volunteering at St. Jude's
What a surprise to discover I have been volunteering at St Jude's for 12 years!  Mum was a resident of St Jude's main floor for about six years and she found it a very good place.  She used to have strong opinions about what activities and entertainments she would attend.  She abhorred “Banjo Jim” and “cutty-pasty crafts” but favored current events discussions and what she called “real music” in the shape of choirs and string quartets.  A great feature of St Jude's was making our family welcome at meals, so on Sundays the four of us would join Mum at a special table in the L of the dining room. 
After Mum died of course I missed her, but also felt the loss of my friends in the St Jude's care team. It was suggested I give myself a break of 6 months from St Jude's and then see if I'd like to return as a volunteer.   When I returned I was teamed me up with another volunteer who gave me a good grounding in how to interact with folks who have memory loss, how to encourage walking or wheelchair sightseeing, when to refer a situation to the care staff and so on.  My shift overlapped the noon meal and I developed great mealtime friendships with many of the residents.
There has been a noticeable change in residents needs over the years that I have volunteered.  The residents now are admitted further along in their care needs.  Due to this change, any help provided by volunteers is appreciated by both residents and the staff.  If a volunteer is with a resident then the staff can attend to the others – it lightens the load somewhat.  The staff are truly dedicated to serving their residents in every way, but who can give undivided attention to two people at once?  That is what volunteers can do.  It's mostly about just being there.

Written by Pam Clancy, St Jude's Retiring Volunteer

 We here at St. Jude's would like to thank Pam and all of our volunteers. We truly appreciate you all!

Jingle Bell Café

Our annual Jingle Bell Café was held Nov 27th and for the sixth year in a row, it was a big success.  Besides the delectable home baking and flavoured coffees, staff and volunteers donated handmade candles, scarves, slippers, Christmas cards, ornaments and more. The elders worked very hard these last few weeks creating many of the beautiful crafts that were available for sale. This year we also introduced some gently used handbags and jewelry.

Residents, families, staff, neighbors and friends wandered through the displays and helped to raise over $1400 to go towards the updates to our bathing rooms. Thank you to all those who took the time to bake, knit, and sew such beautiful offerings for this year's event.

Lynn, our Director of Finance, handmade a beautiful blue and silver quilt  and the free standing lace sled and reindeer that we are raffling off at the residents holiday party. Tickets are still available for $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00, see Kyla at the reception desk or at the display table manned by  residents throughout the day.

Written By Sandey Berry, Board of Directors - Fundraising Committee


“Be Well – Be Safe”

Medical Pharmacies Resident and Family December Newsletter's topic of the month is Hypoglycemia Awareness. Information about the symptoms and causes of glucose imbalances.

Residents Holiday Party

Saturday December 16th
From 2:30pm until 4:00 pm - Open House

Please join us for a festive celebration of the holidays. Music, light refreshments and good company in abundance to commemorate the past year and welcome the new one. 
RSVP by Friday December 8th at noon to Reception or at
Happy Holidays to All!

St. Jude’s Annual Metro Theatre Event Presents...

St. Jude's invites you to an evening of fun and fundraising at the Metro Theatre on Wednesday February 7 , 2018. Silent auction and light refreshments at 7:00pm, performance starts at 8:00pm. The Metro Theatre is located at 1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver. Contact or Kyla at 604 874-3200 ext. 0 for tickets

Murder by the Book is a crisp, witty and exchanges of dialogue fill this inventive British thriller.  A writer’s wife wants to divorce him, but he has no intention of doing so.  Full of exciting twists and turns as each character, writer, wife, publisher, secretary and neighbour turn the tables on each other.  Who are the victims and who are the killers?  This is a plot that will keep you guessing until the very end.

We hope to see you all there. Thank you for your support!


Fundraising Campaign

2017/2018 Campaign

What’s happening at St. Jude’s
This has been a busy period for us as we have welcomed two groups of medical professionals to visit us and learn more about caring for our elders. On Wednesday Sept 27th St. Jude’s hosted a group of delegates from the Japanese Ministry of Health. The purpose for the visit was to learn more about elder care in Canada so to improve what their current practice is in Japan.  The group of 12 were made up of Doctors, nurses, care aides, a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist. We learned so much from each other and the group was very impressed by what they saw and heard.

Last Wednesday St. Jude’s participated in the UBC Community Geriatrics 2017 Nursing Home Experience for 1st year medical students. 12 medical students came, along with Dr. Robinson came to learn about caring for elders in residential care. Throughout the afternoon, the students were toured around the building, interviewed residents and debriefed with Dr. Robinson and Michele. It was great to see such an eager group of people so interested in caring for the older adult in residential care.

Just a reminder to all family, friends and visitors that flu season officially starts on Dec 1st until March 31st. Anyone not vaccinated with this year’s flu vaccine must wear a mask while in the building
Thank you in advance for keeping our elder’s healthy!

Susan Harvey, Director of Care     

Elder Health


Since September 2017 our elders enjoy our Ex N’ Flex – specialized exercise equipment specifically designed to help people who are affected with mobility issues. This motorized machine provides passive exercise therapy in a way that is highly beneficial to a person without being too strenuous.  In addition to strengthening certain parts if the body, this passive exercise machine can also relieve pain and increase a person’s joint mobility, even alleviate edema and spasm. This machine provides so many more benefits that it would be really great to have a small “bicycle” club.     

Lucia Tothova, Recreational Therapist


News from the Recreation Department
The Holiday Season is a time of reflection, a time to give thanks to all the people that have touched our hearts in so many ways. At St. Jude’s we have so many people to be thankful for, our wonderful, family, friends, volunteers, staff and especially our Elders. This year our Elders focus has been developing friendships, helping each other and “giving back”, we had our first Remembrance Day Poppy fund raiser, and worked hard towards our annual Jingle Bell Café, both a huge success. Now it’s time for our “Elders Elves:” to deck the halls, and we will in style! Our Family and Friends open house will be Saturday December 16th. We encourage everyone to join us, for this event or any other, family and friends always welcome. Ask your loved ones to show you the unique, one of a kind Christmas crafts that our Elders made and are so proud of.

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones
St. Jude’s Recreation Department

Saying Good-Bye

This year we are saying good-bye to two of our long term staff. Robert and Lilian are retiring from St. Jude's and moving on to new and exciting experiences.

Lilian is a truly dedicated nurse, who has touched the lives of everyone here at St. Jude's. Her professionalism and hard work set the standard of care and her compassionate and loving nature were the backbone of our home. She will be missed.

Robert graced us everyday with his charming smile and positive attitude. His dedication to the elders at St Jude's was evident to his very last day and we will feel the hole that his leaving will create.

These are truly two of the finest individuals to work at St Jude's.  We want to wish them all the best in all their future endeavors and ask that they drop by to visit with us once in a while, as staff, residents and their families will all miss them very much.

Good Luck Lilian and Robert! We Love You!

Welcome Chaplain Clare!

Hi! My name is Clare and I’ve just joined St. Jude’s as Chaplain. I am an Anglican priest, born and raised on the west coast, and love to share music, conversation, and God’s love in care home and clinical settings with people of all ages, abilities, and spiritual inclinations. I can’t wait to get to know the St. Jude’s family! 

Chaplain Clare Morgan
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