Dimensions Newsletter Summer 2022

McCormick Home Welcomes New Administrator

We are extremely pleased to announce that Ms. Lynn Mellows is the new administrator at McCormick Home. Lynn’s first day with us was on June 1, 2022.

As an experienced long-term care professional, Lynn brings more than 25 years of experience in long-term care to our organization.  Lynn most recently served for 15 years as executive director at McGarrell Place in London, Ontario.  Prior to that, Lynn served as executive director at Hillside Manor in Stratford.

Funding Received for Joint Research Project

We are pleased to announce that a collaboration involving Western University’s Sam Katz Community Health and Aging Research Unit and McCormick Dementia Services has received funding to support further research into a specialized dementia training program for personal support workers.

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The Importance of a Caregiver Support Network

How is your support network holding up these days? Do you have one? Do you rely on the help of others to help propel yourself upward in times of need?

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The Emotional Impacts of Caregiving

How have you been coping with the emotional impacts of caregiving?  A recent article in The New York Times was titled: “There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing.” It would not be surprising to know that many people have felt “blah” at times, especially in light of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It’s Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy

Ah, the joys of summer -- the longer days, the warmth of the sun, fun activities of working in the garden, wading by the pool or packing a fine picnic lunch. With the short summer we have, there is often a panic to “fit it all in” before the looming thought of winter is upon us again. But wait! Did you pack enough to drink?

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Understanding Shadowing Behaviour

One of the most common issues that we are hearing about from caregivers is, “I don’t get a minute to myself. My spouse is following me everywhere.” Or, “I can’t even go to the bathroom by myself.” It is a common behaviour for a person with dementia and is often referred to as shadowing.  Shadowing is often an indication of anxiety. 

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Keeping Up Your Energy in Warmer Weather

Now that the heat of summer is upon us, it is important to stay active and healthy in ways that stave off the effects of higher temperatures. So with this new season upon us, how do you plan to keep your energy levels up? 

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Please note that most of the photos in this issue were taken pre-COVID. All staff and visitors are still required to wear masks and perform proper hand hygiene when connecting with our residents and clients.



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