Residents and team members at Parkstone Enhanced Care are celebrating a milestone anniversary today. It’s been 20 years since the licensed nursing home in Halifax, Nova Scotia opened its doors. In this day and age, it can be a rare feat to work with an organization for most of your career. At Parkstone, there are 27 team members who have proudly spent most of their careers bettering the lives of seniors in the community.
When a new team member joins the Parkstone Enhanced Care family, the first person they are greeted by is Quality and Education Advisor Lori Wilton. Her warm personality shines through as she begins showing them the ropes through the orientation process. This is a special time for Lori as she has walked more than a mile in their shoes; Lori has been working at Parkstone since it opened in April 2002.
When she looks back over her time working in the licensed long term care community the word family comes to mind.
“In 2003, when Hurricane Juan hit the Halifax area, I remember all of the Home Office people coming up to help out,” says Lori. “They were making toast, feeding residents, making beds, anything they could do to support us.
Recreation and Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Kirby has also been working at Parkstone since the community began welcoming residents. She says the team atmosphere has made Parkstone a wonderful place to grow her career and an excellent place for residents to live.
“There’s big spacious private rooms, private washrooms, and it’s a bright and inviting building,” says Jennifer. “It’s pleasant, and the team members are pleasant.”
Licensed Practical Nurse Heather Casey has been working at Parkstone from the beginning as well. When she thinks about the special moments she has shared with residents, she can’t help but smile.
“Singing for the residents always brings me joy,” says Heather. “I fondly remember singing at one of the resident’s 102 birthday in the parlour and another time for another resident’s 50th wedding anniversary.”
Many memories have been shared in this special community over the years and new chapters are continuing to be written. Thanks to all our Great People for your dedication and commitment to providing quality care and service to the seniors entrusted in your care.