Villa Minto - Miscellaneous Topics
Residents are entitled to purchase and have a moderate amount of alcoholic beverage on approval and under the conditions set by the Resident's personal physician.
In the event of voluntary discharge, it is requested that at least 24 hours notice be given to the Administration wherever possible.
If a Resident brings a personal appliance such as an electric razor, TV, radio, etc, the equipment must be checked by the maintenance department for safety in use, prevention of overloading of power lines and safe installation.
Exit Alarm System
There are alarms on all doors leading off the Home that may be activated. The fire doors at the west end of the building are always activated.
Fire drills will be conducted once a month on all three shifts. At the time the Residents and visitors are asked to return to the Nursing Home and if possible to their rooms. The doors will be shut and all equipment will be turned off and lights turned on. Staff will be available to reassure Residents.
We ask that during this time that visitors not enter the facility or, if in the facility, remain inside.
There are five doors that will provide fire exits. Two will be to the outside at the west end of the building and two doors entering patios and the hallway door by the atrium.
Each Resident will have the option of depositing a sum of money at the time of admission. This account will be used for minor essentials such as hair care, toothpaste, telephone, TV. cable, clothing, etc. At the end of each month, the Resident will receive a billing of monies drawn from this account during that month and will have the option of replenishing the account. A separate accounting card will be kept for each Resident and as they draw money from this account they will be required to sign or initial each entry on the card. If the Resident is unable to sign, the charge nurse will initial the entry for them. It is recommended that a maximum $20.00 be kept at the bedside.
Residents and/ or family are encouraged to handle the Resident's financial matters for the Resident, however, Trust Accounts can be arranged if necessary.
Notification of Next of Kin
Next of Kin/Resident representatives will be notified if possible at least 24 hours ahead of a planned discharge, or a transfer to hospital. If it is an emergency admission to hospital, notification will take place as soon as possible.
Relatives Change of Address
Relatives must advise the Administration office and the Nurse in Charge of any change of address or telephone numbers.
***Note*** During vacation periods, please leave the telephone numbers of two other family members in case of an emergency.
The Residents of the unit can be involved in any community interests. At times there may be a nominal charge to the Resident. Many Residents may find that they can learn crafts and skill that they have always wanted to.
Daily programs will be offered in the unit. These may include special occasion parties, card games, sing songs, fun and fitness groups and muscle strengthening classes. The physiotherapist may assess the Residents on an individual basis and recommending appropriate activities to maintain and improve the Resident's condition. There will be a monthly Activity Calendar posted in the unit to keep the Residents informed of upcoming events.
Residents and families are asked to contribute to program planning and families are encouraged to participate with the special programs and outings.
Residents appreciate the visits and assistance of volunteers. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer may contact our Activity Director.
Regular interdenominational and special religious services will be arranged and held in the Home or the Resident may attend their own church.
Resident Appointments Outside the Unit
There may be occasions when family members may be requested to accompany their family member to appointments outside the building.
Administration reserves the right to move a Resident from one room to another. We would appreciate your support and cooperation should these changes be necessary. Resident/ family will be consulted prior to any move.
Smoking is not allowed in the facility or on the grounds.
Storage and Responsibility for Resident's Valuables
There is very limited space for storage of valuables. We request that the Resident realize that he/ she is responsible for them. They will be provided a locked drawer, in their room and this too is the Resident's responsibility.
Vacation or Extended Leaves from the Unit
A Resident is required to inform the Administrator of the length and location of absence from the unit one week prior to leaving the unit, if possible. The Resident should ensure that valuables in their rooms are placed in safekeeping as the Home is not responsible for the Resident's personal items. Limited space is available at reception for this purpose.
We have no set visiting hours for relatives and friends. Visitors are welcome any time within reason providing all Residents' comfort is respected. Many of our Residents would enjoy going out for a meal, to social events, or for an overnight stay with a member of the family. Such outings are encouraged but it is required that the Registered Staff in charge be advised beforehand.