Keith Clement, senior administrator for Extendicare Health Services (the company that manages the Manor), reported that Accreditation Canada would not be able to make its web presentation, but that they had rescheduled for January.
The Manor board has been in ongoing discussions about undertaking the process of accreditation and was hoping for a presentation to learn more of what would be involved in the choice to have the Manor accredited.
Manor Administrator Michelle Bond reviewed her November report with the board. She said that they are continuing to advertise for a full-time registered nurse, but that they had hired a part-time nurse.
“The ministry (Ministry of Health and Long-term Care) was here from the last week of October until the first week of November,” noted Ms. Bond. “They lifted our three compliance orders and we held a staff pizza party to celebrate their hard work.”
Ms. Bond invited the board to attend and assist with the Christmas meals on December 12 at 5 pm or December 13 at noon. She added that there would be a resident Christmas party on December 19 at 2 pm.
Ms. Bond reported that the home went $2,400 over budget in food this month, but that it was anticipated because of the fall meal implementation.
The Manor in continuing to replace the carpet with flooring in residents’ rooms, and Ms. Bond told the board that they plan on doing a double room later this month and two single rooms in December.
The Manor board is continuing to develop its strategic plan. They discussed their last strategic plan meeting and board member Wendy Gauthier handed out changes that the board had discussed. The document development is still ongoing and a final draft has not yet been approved.
Mr. Clement told the board that Ms. Bond and management staff have been busy working on the 2016 budget.
He explained that there had been some clawbacks from the nursing graduate program from the summer of 2013 and 2014 that would result in a $12,000 hit.
Dave Ross of Extendicare Health Services called in to the meeting via teleconference to review the 2016 Manor draft budget with the board.
He discussed the home’s current financial statement, noting the $138,000 over budget figure the home is currently seeing to the nursing graduate clawbacks and $111,000 in retroactive pay.
He commended the board on the home being at 99 percent occupancy.
He told the board that the budget reflected a $31,140 surplus to act as a cushion.
He also reviewed a few “small cuts” that would be reflected in the 2016 budget, but that Extendicare was confident the cuts wouldn’t affect patient care.
The board will review the draft budget again at its January meeting.
Ms. Gauthier told the board that the Calling on You campaign for a new call bell system for the Manor was going well with $35,148 in the bank and another $5,000 donation to be formally made next week.
“We hope to have $50,000 raised by January, half our $100,000 goal,” said Ms. Gauthier.
She noted the Tree of Light campaign launched November 19 and that 130 lights had already been sold. The goal is for 1,000 lights to be sold at 10 each equaling $10,000. The tree was erected in front of the Manor last week with the lights to be lit one string at a time as they are sold throughout the month of December.
Lights can be purchased in memory of an individual, to recognize someone or a group or can be given as a gift. Order forms are available at the various municipal offices across the Island, and at The Expositor.