newsletterspring2020


McCormick Care Group Employee Values Award 2021

McCormick Care Group Employee Values Award 2021

Each year, the McCormick Care Group recognizes an employee for their special contribution to demonstrating our organizational values of compassion, accountability, respect, excellence, and collaboration. This year, the peer-nominated award recognized the value of accountability. We are pleased to announce that Shelley McGinnis, administrative assistant for McCormick Dementia Services, is this year’s recipient.


Rapid Antigen Testing at McCormick Care Group

Rapid Antigen Testing at McCormick Care Group

Recently, McCormick Home began administering rapid antigen test testing for its staff, essential caregivers, support workers, and anyone entering the home. This new practice marks a departure from the standard COVID-19 test that has been regularly conducted at the home..


Moving Forward Together

Moving Forward Together

After so many months of uncertainty and numerous restrictions for the sake of everyone’s health and safety, we are now beginning to see a glimmer of change on the horizon, most particularly through the measured rollout of vaccines to our residents, staff and our wider community as well as through the introduction of rapid antigen testing.


A Look Back in History

A Look Back in History

We are pleased to share an in-depth look at our founding as the Women’s Christian Association in 1874 and the compelling history that followed.  You are invited to take your time to review four presentations that outline our history from 1874 to 1999.


A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

Even though our McCormick Day Program is currently at a reduced capacity because of COVID-19, we are often asked about what a day in the program looks like for our clients. We thought we would provide a peek through our doors and describe our physical environment, our typical daily routines, and the types of person-centred activities we provide.


Update from McCormick Care Group

Update from McCormick Care Group

The impacts to long-term care of the COVID-19 pandemic are almost too numerous to count.  Many of the strict measures imposed were taken in order to protect one of society’s most vulnerable sectors. The rapid pace of change and ever-increasing regulations mandated by our government and health officials presented an ongoing challenge to those in our care, their families and our staff members.


Bridging the Distance

Bridging the Distance

The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic struck nearly every aspect of life with a quick and stunning blow.  Within the fallout, particularly for our more vulnerable senior population, lay a particularly impacted segment – those who are caring for someone with dementia at home.  No longer available were the adult day programs, where caregivers would send their loved ones for quality programming and respite for themselves, nor the standard in-person services, such as support groups, overnight respite, or on-site counselling.


Staying Safe and Connected

Staying Safe and Connected

Keeping families connected with their loved ones throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been a priority at McCormick Home.  The extreme, but necessary measures enacted by the Ontario government to keep residents safe presented a number of challenges for staff, but they were quickly met head-on with the swift enactment of alternative methods to help people feel close, despite the distance.


Meeting the Challenge

Meeting the Challenge

The impacts to long-term care of the COVID-19 pandemic are almost too numerous to count.  Many of the strict measures imposed were taken in order to protect one of society’s most vulnerable sectors. The rapid pace of change and ever-increasing regulations mandated by our government and health officials presented an ongoing challenge to those in our care, their families and our staff members.


Providing Extraordinary Virtual Care

Providing Extraordinary Virtual Care

Since the closure of the McCormick Day Program back in March, we have been forced to re-think how we offer our caregiver education and support services, and how we deliver meaningful recreation programming to our clients and their caregivers.



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