The McCall MacBain Foundation has made a donation of $35,000 to provide iPads for the use of residents in long-term care homes, hospitals, retirement homes and hospices across Huron County. The endeavour is being facilitated by the Gateway Centre for Excellence in Rural Health, and the devices are currently being distributed to residences and institutions across the County.
“Having been raised in Huron County, the health and well-being of my home community is a priority,” said Marcy McCall MacBain, who co-founded the McCall MacBain Foundation with her husband John. “We are grateful to the healthcare workers and Gateway Centre for Excellence in Rural Health, and are honoured to be working together to ensure this difficult situation of physical distancing becomes just a little bit more manageable.”
Gateway CERH, with the help of their students, is ensuring iPads are programmed properly and distributed to the homes, residences and hospitals where they will be used. Popular and user-friendly apps such as Skype, FaceTime and Zoom will be available on all of the devices and will make it easy for staff to support residents, and for patients and residents to stay connected with family members and other essential supports.
“Currently, we are all feeling the effects of isolation while following government directions to stay at home as much as possible. There is nothing more heart breaking than to think of seniors in long-term care homes and patients in hospitals, isolated because of COVID-19 and unable to connect with their loved ones,” said Gwen Devereux, President of the Board of Directors of Gateway CERH.
“This is a wonderful example of giving back to your community and we thank the McCall MacBain Foundation for helping our community when it is needed,” continued Gwen. “It is so important for patients and residents to have the ability to see and speak directly, even if virtually, with their children, grandchildren, friends and family during this pandemic. Gateway CERH is honoured to have the opportunity to partner with the McCall MacBain Foundation and make this a reality.” Early recipients of the iPads are thrilled to put them to good use.
Jennifer Bennett, General Manager at Maplewood Manor had the following to say: “Maplewood Manor staff and residents would like to thank the McCall MacBain Foundation for the donation of iPads. This generous gift will go a long way to keeping our residents connected during these difficult times. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.”
Brittany Hamilton, General Manager of Goderich Place added to this by saying: “Goderich Place would like to extend our extreme gratitude and appreciation for the very generous donation of iPads; we feel so fortunately and are very grateful! These iPads will allow for residents to have more FaceTime calls with family and friends in order to stay connected during these difficult times.”
The hope is that the arrival of these iPads will free up staff time and enable patients and residents the opportunity to connect with loved ones and the world. Gateway CERH also believes that these iPads will support people's well-being long beyond the end of COVID-19.
“Anything we can do at this time to help our health care workers is important, and please know we appreciate all you are doing to help us get through this,” said Gwen.
A special thank you goes out to our Lonely No More Team!
Due to work conducted by our volunteers and leadership team we were able to make a huge impact on the lives of our rural and isolated seniors over the last 3 months.
Thank you for the effort and time you guys have put in!
On March 17, 2020, Ontario entered a "State of Emergency". Due to the rapidly spreading COVID-19, social isolation is currently being encouraged by governmental bodies. This does not mean we should forget our fellow farmers and seniors!
Results from the National Survey of Farmer Mental Health, conducted by Dr. Andrea Jones-Bitton at the University of Guelph, suggest that 35% of Canadian producers meet the criteria for depression, 45% are under high stress, 58% meet the criteria for an anxiety classification. Despite these staggering statistics, 40% of Canadian producers feel uneasy about seeking professional help due to what others may think. So take the time to call, text or email fellow farmers to encourage them in this difficult time. As many seniors find texting and emailing difficult, carve out some time to chat with them over the phone.
Lets protect against loneliness call a farmer and senior today!
On March 8, 2020, Gateway hosted it's first speaker series event at the Huron County Museum in Goderich. At this event, period pieces by the Dames Rocket played as community members bid on silent auction items and visited local Women's Not-for-Profit booths. Once everyone had a chance to bid Bonnie Sitter took center stage and regaled a number of Ontario Farmerette stories. The event was a successful start to our speaker series fundraiser.
We would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their help in making the event possible:
Mary Lapaine was nominated for this years "Inspiring Women of Huron County". Mary is a fantastic role model to so many of us. Her dedication to her family, devotion to many friends, her successful career and her extensive volunteer work makes her an outstanding nominee. We are so delighted to have her on our Board of Directors. She has provided invaluable insights into the healthcare field and has a passion for improving rural health. Congratulations Mary!
On January 24, 2020 Gateway welcomed a new board member, Mohamed Gazarin! Mohamed is the current Chief Research Officer at Winchester District Memorial Hospital. In this position he provides research vision for the institution and builds collaborative relationships with external and internal partners. In addition to this position, Muhamed is a Lecturer at the University of Ottawa in the Family Medicine Department. We are excited to have him on board with us and look forward to working with him.
A huge thank you goes out to Rotary Club of Goderich for supporting our Lonely No More program. We greatly appreciate the interest and support we have received from local organizations such as yourselves in partnering with us to combat loneliness among our senior citizens. If you know of someone who might be interested in participating or volunteering in the program please give us a call at 519 612 1053.
The Remarkable Citizens Awards were held this past Wednesday and was hosted by Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. Gateway's President, Gwen Devereaux was among the nominees. We would like to congratulate all the individuals who were nominated for this honor.