Care providers thanked at Mont St. Joseph Home

Tyler Clarke
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Although the small luncheon was in their honour, Mont St. Joseph Home’s many care providers remained at work helping the facility’s residents enjoy the get-together.


Mont St. Joseph Home special care aid Barb Hansen speaks with a resident during a luncheon on Friday in recognition of National Nurses Week. 

The event, intended to cap off National Nurses Week, saw care providers do what care providers do best -- provide care.

When the families of Mont St. Joseph Home residents come to visit, the No. 1 thing they want to see is “the staff engaged with their loved ones as they would, because this is their home,” care manager Allison Nagy said.

“I think they want to feel that their loved ones are loved and being respected and treated with dignity.”

A social worker by trade, Nagy said that the Mont St. Joseph Home’s caring atmosphere has kept her motivated to make sure residents feel at home.

“As a social worker it’s a feel-good occupation where you’re always looking at ways to support people to help them do what they can’t do for themselves without taking away their dignity,” she said.

Director of care Lesley Larrea said that while it’s been nice to have felt extra appreciation throughout National Nurses Week, she feels appreciated every time she comes to work. 

“For me, it’s compassion and caring,” she said.

“What I’m able to offer to Mont St. Joseph’s is a small portion of what I get back from residents and their families.”

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