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  1. Faspa in a Box is Back!!!

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    The Salem Home Ladies Auxiliary is excited to bring back our second “Faspa-in-a-Box” event just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Each Faspa-in-a-Box is for two people, and includes buns, kringle, cheese, pickles, jam,  & desserts. Order as many Faspa boxes as you wish whether its for your friend, sweetheart, mom, your pastor, or for your employees -faspa is always the right choice to show a little love.

     

    Faspa can be ordered via website: www.salemhome.ca ; by email: salemfoundation@salemhome.ca; or by phone at 204-325-4316 until February 6th. There is a limited number of boxes so get your orders in early.  Pick up will be February 11, 2022 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Salem Home (165 15th Street, Winkler) Payment can be made online by credit card, e-transfer, or in person.  The suggested Donation of a $35.00/Box minimum will go towards wheelchair accessible garden boxes for the residents at Salem.  It promotes an activity that many are familiar with, giving residents meaning and purpose, and for families to engage with them too.

     

     

    The Ladies Auxiliary seek to enhance the lives of Salem Home residents through the fund-raising activities they undertake… Recent reviews and studies found that including therapeutic gardens in care environments has positive effects on agitation, behavior, walking, stress levels, self-esteem, depression, and aggressiveness. A quantitative review by Zhao on the benefits of gardening on those experiencing dementia reported improvements in cognitive function, agitation, emotional state, and engagement.   Specific positive effects of gardening on those with Alzheimer’s disease found evidence of it promoting creativity, self-esteem, social interaction, sensory stimulation, gross and fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination.

     

    When you realize that 89% of our residents have some level of dementia, with many having some form of responsive behaviours, providing resources for our residents and staff that help engage the residents and mitigate these behaviours is important.  Your donations today, as well participating in “Faspa-in-a-Box” will help make that possible.

     

    For details contact Susan Hildebrand, Foundation Coordinator, salemfoundation@salemhome.ca, 204-325-4316

     

  2. “Building for Tomorrow” Fundraising Dinner 2022

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    On Thursday, October 6, 2022 Salem Foundation, together with Salem Ladies Auxiliary are excited to again host the “Building for Tomorrow” Fundraising Dinner at the Winkler Mennonite Church (31 Willowdale Crescent, Winkler).  Doors will open at 6:00 pm; with Dinner at 6:30pm. The cost is $100 per person (with $50 tax receipt); or a table for eight (8) can be purchased for $800 (with $400 tax receipt).

    Proceeds from the Dinner will go towards Cottonwood Residents Room Renovation – Phase II, which is 19 rooms. Cottonwood resident rooms are original to 1972.  With many residents living with dementia, it is important that the environment they live in assists them in finding their way. The cost of renovation is anticipated to be $1.5 million.  Each room will cost approx. $25,000 includes bed, lifts, draperies, comforters, wayfinding door and lights.

    The event will feature Wilma Derksen, a Certified Executive Coach, a member of the International Coaching Federation, and author of the Book “The way of Letting Go”.

    Wilma has an empathetic understanding ‘of the journey of healing and restoration’.  Mother of Candace, who was kidnapped and killed in 1984 when she was 13, and wife to the late Cliff Derksen, who founded Candace House along with his wife Wilma following their daughter’s murder.  Candace House, a safe haven for victims of crime and their families who are navigating the court system, the first of its kind offering counselling, programs and space for community support group.

    Salem Foundation raises funds for programs, equipment and projects for Salem Home, which are not funded through government sources; while Salem Ladies Auxiliary’s role is to participate in activities that enhance the well-being of the residents.  Together, the primary purpose of both are to provide funding for the betterment of the residents’ lives today and in the future!

    The common goal of both Salem Foundation and Salem Ladies Auxiliary to provide Salem Home Residents with the best possible lived experience in an environment where they can flourish, is the incentive for this annual fundraising venture.  We are excited about the October 6th Building for Tomorrow Dinner and the opportunity to have a speaker like Wilma Derksen tell of her journey and challenges us to put our faith into action as we care for the most vulnerable in our community.

    Tickets for the event are available at the Salem Home Foundation office (165 15th Street, Winkler) Monday to Friday from 9-4pm or by calling 204-325-4316; by e-transfer (directions can be found by clicking HERE )

    For additional information about the October 6th Building for Tomorrow Dinner please call Susan at 204-325-4316 or check ‘what’s happening’ on our website (www.salemhome.ca)

     

  3. It’s Finally Moving Week

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    It’s Finally Moving Week

    We have waited over a year to tell you some good news, and today is the day!  The construction project that was started has finally seen the end for our Phase 1 of Renovations!  The ERV (air exchange unit) has been completed and the air has been balanced so we can now begin the process of moving residents back into this area.  We appreciate your patience as this took much longer than anticipated.

    The hallway and rooms are completely transformed and look amazing!  We hope they will especially benefit those who need the assistance of a ceiling lift as they can reach anywhere in the room.  They also have features that are beneficial for those with Dementia.

    The first set of moves will begin this week and involve those who are currently in the south hallway on Cottonwood, as Phase 2 will begin with renovating those rooms.  Please keep in mind that not everyone will move into these new rooms, some may move to a different room.  We will be evaluating everyone’s care needs and who would be best suited for these rooms based on individual needs.

  4. Fundraising BBQ featuring the Quonset Brothers

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    Join us for a Fundraising BBQ on May 25, 2022 featuring the Quonset Brothers.

    All funds raised will go towards the ongoing Cottonwood Renovations.  To donate click here

    To read more about the ongoing Cottonwood Renovations, please click here

     

  5. Caregiver Recognition Day

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    Tuesday, April 5th is Caregiver Recognition Day in Manitoba

    There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” – Rosalynn Carter

    God Bless you for all that you do!

  6. Ladies Auxiliary’s Faspa in a Box

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    The Salem Home Ladies Auxiliary is excited to announce their first ever “Faspa-in-a-Box” event just in time for Valentine’s Day.  The event is on Saturday, February 12, 2022.   Each Faspa-in-a-Box includes buns, kringle, cheese, pickles, jam, cookies, & desserts, enough for two. Orders as many Faspa boxes as you wish whether its for your friend, sweetheart, employees, or your pastor, faspa is always the right choice.

     

    Faspa can be ordered via website: salemhome.ca; email: salemfoundation@salemhome.ca; or by phone until February 7th.   Pick up of the Faspa-to-go is on February 12, 2022 from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Salem Home (165 15th Street, Winkler) Payment can be made online by credit card, e-transfer, or in person.  Please mention your method of payment at time of your order for receipting.  The suggested Donation of a $35.00/Box minimum will go towards the Cottonwood residents purchase of an “Abby” for the DementiAbility Program at Salem.

     

    The Ladies Auxiliary seeks to enhance the lives of Salem Home residents through the fund-raising activities they undertake…

     

    ABBY is new ambient technology (which means it is always available) that is changing the lives of people with dementia in long-term care. It is a wall-mounted electronic display board designed to engage residents through touchscreen activities, familiar tactile experiences – such as turning a wheel or flipping a switch – and a mix of personalized images and media. Turning the steering wheel brings up images on a screen that looks like you are driving down a street. It is possible to upload local images as well, which helps to trigger memories.

     

    Research shows that using an ABBY reduces agitation, anxiety and aggression. It also helps families engage in conversation with their loved one. Children can do these activities with their grandparent.

     

    When you realize that 89% of our residents have some level of dementia, with many having some form of responsive behaviours, it is to provide resources for our residents and staff that help engage the residents and mitigate these behaviours.  Any assistance we can provide for our frontline workers is a benefit to our residents.

     

    One “ABBY” costs $8,000 and it would be very beneficial purchase one for the Cottonwood Care Area.

    Your donations today, as well participating in “Faspa-in-a-Box” will help make that possible.

     

    For details contact Susan Hildebrand, Foundation Coordinator, shildebrand@salemhome.ca, 204-325-4316

  7. Celebrate 65 with us with a BBQ Supper

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    Please follow the map for the best way to get to the delicious food.  Travel East on Pembina Ave. and turn onto the Salem Home parking lot along Pembina Ave.

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