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  • Professional Advisory Committee

    The Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) serves to review and assess the activities that encompass the care, service and administration at the Foyer Richelieu and determines areas of improvement within a framework of open communications. The co-chairs and chairs of the Medication Management, Fall Prevention, Skin and Wound, Nutrition and Hydration, Ethics and Palliative Care, Montessori and Infection Prevention and Control Committees make up the committee members of the Professional Advisory Committee. PAC meets at minimum quarterly and is co-chaired by the Chief Administrative Officer and the Director of Care.

  • Families Committee

    The families committee is a group of parents, sponsors and friends of residents who agree to meet on a regular basis to protect the interests of residents and maximize their quality of care and services.

    Purpose

    Be a voice for residents, sponsors and / or families in all situations or discussions that affect them and their families during their stay at the Foyer.

    Mandate

    • To work in partnership with the management team, the residents
      committee and all employees to ensure the best possible care to
      residents in a more enjoyable living environment.
    • Protect the interests of residents and act as a guardian of the quality
      of services and care.
    • Ensure compliance with the zero tolerance policy of the Board in
      relation to abuse and mistreatment.
    • Initiate the complaints process in the case of a situation where the
      resident and/or sponsor wish to know and defend their rights.
    • Provide moral and technical support in all crisis situations.

    Functions of the families committee

    • Collaborate with the welcoming committee in order to properly welcome new
      residents and to assure them and their families that they will receive the support
      they need.
    • Be an advisor to the various committees of the Foyer.
    • Be a source of new and innovative ideas.
    • Be a source of inspiration for various projects.
    • Be a source of education and information for both employees and families.
    • Collaborate in collecting data on the quality of services offered at the Foyer.
    • Encourage family involvement in important social activities or in order to raise
      funds.

    Frequency of meetings

    The families committee shall meet every 3 months, or at the request of a board member or a particular situation reported by a resident, sponsor and/or family.

    The Minutes of all meetings must be public. That is why a copy of each report must remain for a full year in the “public information book” located at the main entrance in the Atrium.

    In consideration of our French designation, Minutes are written in French, in the case of a specific request, it will be necessary that the minutes be explained and/or translated into English on a needs basis.

  • Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC)

    Our joint health and safety committee (JHSC) is composed of 3 worker and 2 employer representatives. Together, they are mutually committed to improving health and safety conditions in the workplace. They are called upon to identify potential health and safety issues and bring them to the employer’s attention and are kept informed of health and safety developments in the workplace by the employer. As well, a designated worker member of the committee and an employer member inspect the workplace every month.

    The committee is an advisory body that helps to stimulate or raise awareness of health and safety issues in the workplace, recognizes and identifies workplace risks and develop
    recommendations for the employer to address these risks. To achieve its goal, the committee holds regular meetings and conducts regular workplace inspections and makes written recommendations to the employer for the improvement of the health and safety of workers.
    The joint health and safety committee assists in providing greater protection against workplace injury and illness and deaths by ensuring that everything possible is done to identify and eliminate or mitigate workplace health and safety hazards.

  • Ethics and Palliative Care

    The Committee shall lead in the development of an ethical culture and maintain best practice and effective palliative care program to support quality of life for stakeholders of the Foyer Richelieu. This will include the ongoing development of educational programs and ethical practices for the FR. In implementing this role, the Committee will work closely with other FR committees to ensure the practices of FR reflect current ethical standards. The committee shall meet at least quarterly and the Chief Administrative Officer is the chair.

  • Medication Management

    The Medication Management Committee promotes best practice in the area of medication in order to increase medication safety and improve the quality of care and quality of life for the residents at the Foyer Richelieu. They meet at least quarterly and the committee is co-chaired by the Director of Care and the Pharmacist.

  • Fall Prevention

    The Fall Prevention Clinical Team maintains an effective, evidence-based fall prevention program within Foyer Richelieu. The committee meets minimum quarterly and is co-chaired by the RAI Coordinator and the Physiotherapist.

  • Skin and Would

    The purpose of the Skin and Wound Clinical Team is to maintain consistent, research-based skin and wound care practices in order to improve the quality of life of residents at FR. The committee meets quarterly and is chaired by the RAI Coordinator.

  • Nutrition and Hydration

    The Nutrition and Hydration committee promotes and enhances the resident’s quality of life as it relates to issues involving swallowing, feeding, eating and nutrition (Oral and Enteral). The clinical team meets at least quarterly and is co-chaired by the Nutrition Manager and the Registered Dietician.

  • Infection Prevention and Control

    The Infection Prevention and Control c(IP and C) Committee promotes best practice with regards to infection, prevention, and control ultimately leading to a decrease in incidents of infections and increased quality of care and quality of life for residents at Foyer Richelieu. The committee meets at minimum quarterly and is chaired by the Director of Care. A representative from Public Health is invited to all IP and C committee meetings.

  • Montessori and Mental Health

    The Montessori and Mental Health Committee shares ideas and skills with members of the multidisciplinary team in responding to responsive behaviours. The committee initiates Montessori initiatives to enhance the quality of life of residents with or without cognitive impairment. They meet quarterly and the Volunteer Coordinator and the Recreationist are the committee’s co-chair.

  • Memorial Committee

    The Memorial Committee or Rememberance Day Committee is a group of employees and volunteers who work to organize a Remembrance Day activity of Catholic and ecumenical Remembrance, allowing the opportunity to remind residents, of residents and family who died during the year.

    Purpose

    Allow residents and the families of the deceased and the staff to express their spiritual needs during a religious and ecumenical representation.

    Mandate

    • To understand and live the sense of loss at the death of a loved one.
    • Maintain contact with the families affected by grief, to ensure their participation in the
      Remembrance Ceremony.
    • Assure a presence, either from the Remembrance Committee or administrative services,
      at the Funeral Home, depending on the wishes of the deceased person or their family.

    Functions of the committee

    • In the following days of the completion of the Remembrance Ceremony, go back over
      the course of the activity, in order to assess the positive and negative impact.
    • Plan the next ceremony, choose the date, theme, musical entertainment and the flow of
      the activity.
    • In the weeks before the event, make phone calls to the loved ones of residents who
      passed away during the year to inform them of the event and solicit their participation.
    • Solicit sponsors interested in supporting the event.
    • Pay a visit to the funeral home to sympathize with the bereaved family members.

    Frequency of meetings

    A first meeting should take place in the weeks following the event, to evaluate progress.
    Starting from September meetings should be more regular according to the wishes and needs of the committee, in order to organize and plan the event.

  • Residents Committee

    The residents’ committee is a group of residents who agree to meet on a regular basis to promote the rights and obligations of the residents according to the mission of the Foyer and government requirements.

    Purpose

    Encourage improvements in the quality of lives of residents.

    Mandate

    • Ensure the well-being of all residents of the Foyer Richelieu and inform them about their rights and obligations.
    • Defend the collective interests of residents, to assist and accompany, when they want to lodge a complaint.

    Functions of the committee

    • Inform users of their rights and obligations.
    • Encourage improvements in the quality of lives of users.
    • Assess the degree of user satisfaction in relation to services received at the Foyer.
    • Encourage residents to participate in the residents satisfaction survey on the quality of services offered at Foyer Richelieu Welland.
    • Work with the food service manager to evaluate the grid menu that is put into operation at the beginning of each season.
    • Defend the rights and collective interests of residents at the Foyer or any competent authority.
    • Accompany and assist a resident on request in any action undertaken, including when he wishes to file a complaint.

    Frequency of meetings

    The residents committee shall meet every 3 months, or at the request of a committee member or a particular situation reported by a resident, sponsor and/or family.

    The Minutes of all meetings must be public. That is why a copy of each report must remain for a full year in the “public information book” located at the front entrance in the Atrium.

    In consideration of our French designation, Minutes are written in French, in the case of a specific request, it will be necessary that the minutes be explained and/or translated into English on a needs basis.

  • Welcoming Committee

    The welcoming committee is a group of a few volunteers who voluntarily agree upon admission of a future resident to welcome them and facilitate their integration into their new environment.

    Mandate

    On behalf of the Board of Directors and management team, welcome new residents upon admission and facilitate their integration into the Foyer Richelieu Welland.

    Functions of the committee

    • Welcomes new residents and work with their family and help them get set up and facilitate their integration.
    • Help set up personal effects, if no one is there to accompany the new resident.
    • Help with the inventory of furniture and clothes that the new resident brings with them.
    • Answer all questions that may arise during the admission.
    • A tour of the new environment if it was not done during the pre-admission visit.
    • Introduced to other residents and employees.
    • Brings the new resident in the nurse’s office so that it can conclude the admission.

    In addition, the welcoming committee is responsible to communicate and/or remind the new resident and their family of the following information:

    • Information on installing the phone and cable
    • Dress Code
    • Labeling of clothes
    • Operation of the call bell
    • Mealtime hours
    • Visiting Hours
    • Closing time, panic door
    • Location of the photo album at the reception
    • Schedule of religious services
    • Information on electric lihs
    • Filing a complaint
    • Evacuation plan
    • Evacuation drill
    • Security system
    • Procedures during epidemic periods
    • Information on the residents’ committee and the families committee
    • Office hours

Volunteers

Being a volunteer means giving from the heart, by giving one’s time and energy in order to help others. This is a precious, priceless way of providing humanitarian service to others, simply by sharing one’s time and talents with people who are in need.

Here at Foyer Richelieu Welland, our volunteers help and assist our residents with their daily routine in many ways. Whether it’s helping with recreational or pastoral activities or assisting specific committees, or assisting our different departments, every chosen way of helping is greatly appreciated. Without our volunteers’ precious help, we wouldn’t have been able to offer so many great things to our residents. The extra element of kindness and love brought to the Foyer by our volunteers has really added to the quality of life of our residents.
We really appreciate all the help of our devoted volunteers.

In order to be able to better profit from the expertise and talents, and know the specific interests of our volunteers, we invite all our volunteers to fill out this short form. (maximum 10 minutes to complete).

We sincerely appreciate all the help and collaboration of all our volunteers.

Hoping to see you all soon,

Thank you for filling out this form and looking forward to greeting you soon.