Terrace East and West Community Meeting Minutes – Sept 26 2022

Speakers: Trish, Elke, Claire, Leonard, Timi, and Kevin
Date: September 26, 2022
Residents in Attendance: 54

Welcome and opening remarks by Trish

  1. APEX Pharmacy (Elke – Pharmacist, Manager, Co-Owner)
    • Apex Pharmacy specializes in services for Menno Place Campus and is located on the first floor of the Pavilion. Medication services include vials, blister packs and pouches.
    • Pharmacy staff deliver medication to residents on campus. Residents are also welcome to visit the pharmacy.
    • Pharmacy has free boxes of rapid tests available for residents.
    • Pharmacy provides flu vaccine clinics and COVID vaccine clinics with Menno Place.
  1. Good First Contact (Claire)
    • Claire is the receptionist for the Terraces and Primrose Gardens.
    • She is in Primrose Gardens in the morning and in Terrace East in the afternoon.
    • The phone number follows her. Residents are welcome to call.
    • Claire is a good first contact about bus trips, light bulbs, parking, etc.
  1. Room Rentals (Leonard)
    • Room rentals are not available in the Terraces at this time.
    • The large activity rooms in Pavilion and Primrose Gardens are now available for private rentals. The rooms fit approximately 15 – 20 people. Book through reception, Claire.
    • Guest suites are not available for rent, nor is the chapel.
  1. Air Conditioners (Leonard)
    • Residents are encouraged to wait until after Thanksgiving to request the removal of their air conditioner.
    • When residents are ready to have their air conditioner taken out, residents may contact Claire.
    • Residents are welcome to leave their air conditioner in all year.
  1. Electric Scooter Parking (Leonard)
    • There is a small scooter parked in scooter parking stall #16. It has a layer of dust on it.  If anyone knows who this scooter belongs to, please let Claire know.
  1. Recreation (Timi)
    • Come to the “Thankful Party” on Thursday, October 6 at 2:30 in the dining room for pumpkin pie and coffee as well as accordion entertainment.
    • October bus trips include:
      • Oct 6 – free shuttle to advance voting pole
      • Saturday, Oct 8 – Cranberry Festival in Ft. Langley;
      • BC Ferry Trip – those on September waitlist get first pick
      • Willowview Farms
      • Wal-Mart
    • Residents, please read the monthly activity calendars. In person activities are highlighted in yellow. Non-highlighted activities are on Channel 10.
    • Ceramics class with Emily every Tuesday.
    • Recreation is always open to suggestions and feedback.
    • Jackie will be hosting dinner club once per month on Wednesdays.
    • Jackie is here on Saturdays – look for in person activities.
  1. Nursing Staff (Trish)
    • Geeta (who was introduced) is the Nursing Care Supervisor in charge of Assisted Living. LPNs and care staff report to Geeta. Geeta works directly under Trish.
    • Terrace West – there is a new program: Independent Plus. Darlene is in charge of providing services to assist people to stay in Terrace West with support services.
  1. Puzzle Room (Trish)
    • Terrace West 2nd floor room has been used for puzzles. A notice went up stating the room would be repurposed.
    • Staff have received concerns and have taken it into consideration. Staff recognize the value the room holds as Terrace West have limited communal space.
    • The puzzle room will remain the puzzle room. The sign has been taken down.
  1. Terrace West Water Upgrade (Trish)
    • The water upgrade in TW caused some issues. Maintenance has tended to the specific concerns. Staff believe these matters have been resolved.
    • If residents have unresolved water issues, please let Claire know.
  1. Terrace East COVID update (Trish)
    1. There were two new COVID + cases yesterday.
    2. Staff will notify Fraser Health and wait on instructions. Staff will not close down dining or activities unless required to do so.
    3. Recommend: residents wear masks in small spaces i.e. elevators, group activities.
  1. Chaplain (Kevin)
    • Kevin hosts prayer group at 9:00 am on Wednesdays
    • He also hosts Fellowship group at 2:30 in the TE 4th floor lounge on Wednesdays.
    • There have been some challenges with sound on Channel 10 – they are working on it.
  1. Away Signs (Trish)
    • Residents, hang the away sign on your door when leaving the building.
    • It is a great communication tool when we need to account for people.
    • More signs are available in the wellness centre.
    • The new signs are purple. The older signs are white with blue on the other side.
  1. Green Sleeves (Trish)
    • Terrace East residents, staff assist with this information. Fraser Health requires Assisted Living residents get a new MOST every year.
    • Terrace West residents, please ensure the information is complete and easily accessible on your fridge. Important information includes medications, doctor contact info, primary contact info and allergies.
    • The MOST is to be completed with your doctor.
    • Judith is going to help facilitate getting green sleeves in Terrace West as well as to the three IL residents in Terrace East.
  1. Discussion Open to Floor (Trish)
    • Resident asked why the pendant system in Terrace East only works in suites when other pendants have a larger range.
      • Staff are working on a business proposal to get a new pendant system.
      • Staff are looking into an upgrade for pendants that work beyond the suites.
      • This is complicated by the fact that the current system is hard wired into the building and goes directly to care staff phones.
    • Terrace West residents are encouraged to consider getting their own pendant i.e. Life Line.
    • Resident expressed concern that the ambulance came for her husband but took her medication. Resident states the writing on the bottle is too small.
  1. Power Outage (Leonard)
    • There was a recent power outage due to emergency work on nearby lines.
    • Leonard commends the residents who called the afterhours building emergency line.
    • When the power goes out, the generator comes on which provides limited power in the suites. Only some power outlets and lights will work.
    • Please do not flip the breakers. This will not help during a power outage.
    • Once per month maintenance run a generator test.
  1. Automatic door opener (Trish)
    • Menno Apartments has trialed an automatic door opener in one of the suites.
    • Staff are looking at grant money to see if we can purchase more.
    • We can revisit when we get more info.
  1. Next meeting to be held in November. Date TBA.

Pavilion Community Meeting – Sept 12 2022

Pavilion Community Meeting Minutes

Date:   September 12, 2022
Speakers: Trish, Leonard, Timi, Kevin, Elke
Residents in Attendance: 22

Welcome and opening remarks by Leonard.

  1. Room Rentals (Leonard) – The large activity room on the third floor is now available for private rentals. Book through reception.
  2. Scooter Parking (Leonard) – Temporary scooter parking is located in the second floor lobby. Staff continue to look for a long term solution.
  3. APEX Pharmacy (Elke – Pharmacist, Manager, Co-Owner)
    1. Apex Pharmacy specializes in services for Menno Place Campus and is located on the first floor of the Pavilion. Medication services include vials, blister packs and pouches.  Pharmacy staff are able to deliver medication to residents on campus.
    2. Pharmacy has free rapid tests available for residents.
    3. Pharmacy will coordinate flu vaccine clinic with Menno Place.
  4. COVID Update (Trish) – There are currently no positive COVID cases in the Menno Apartments. Of the 45 cases in the Terraces, 44 people have their four COVID vaccines.  Most residents had mild cold symptoms, primarily a sore throat/tickle in their throat.
    1. Recommendation: residents think about wearing masks again.
    2. Residents, if you feel unwell, please stay in your suite. You may call Tamara or Apex Pharmacy for a rapid test.
  5. Recreation (Timi) – Please read the monthly activity calendars. In-person activities are highlighted in yellow which include: coffee social on Tuesdays, ceramics on Wednesdays; bus trips on Thursdays and bowling on Fridays.
    1. Youth choir will be here at 7:30 pm on the fourth Wednesday of every month.
    2. Jackie will be hosting dinner club once per month on Wednesdays.
    3. Jackie is here on Saturdays – look for in-person activities.
  6. Chaplain (Kevin) – Kevin is in the Pavilion on Thursdays. He hosts prayer group at 9:00 and fellowship group at 2:30 in the large third floor lounge. He is planning to have communion in the Pavilion dining hall in October or November. See the activity calendar for the specific date.
  7. Green Sleeves (Trish) – Please ensure the information in your green sleeve is up to date. Residents may ask their doctors to assist them in completing a MOST which outlines resident wishes (i.e. do not resuscitate). Green sleeves and/or Health Emergency Cards may be obtained from Tamara.
  8. Resident Comment/Suggestion Box (Trish) – Comment box is located on Tamara’s office door. Please feel free to share your feedback.  Please note while you are welcome to submit anonymously it is easier for staff to follow up if residents provide their name.

Open Discussion to Floor (Trish)

Fire safety

  • Resident requests residents be notified of fire drills.
  • Current process: Notices are posted in the lobby and elevators.
  • Fire safety steps are posted on the back of the suite doors.
  • When the alarm stops ringing the matter is being dealt with and it is safe to leave your suit
  • Residents, hang the away sign on your door when you leave the building. This is important in case of evacuation.

Staffing Concerns – Resident commented that staffing seems slim.

  • August and September see a high volume of vacation requests. In addition some staff have been sick. Casual staff fill in as able. Menno Place actively hires new staff.

Volunteering

  • Resident asked if residents are able to help.
  • Residents are always welcome to help and volunteer but are not required to do so.
  • Help where you like i.e. recreation, visiting, dining.
  • Please do not help another resident with their care (i.e. something that requires care staff such as showering, or transferring).

Food Missing

  • Residents state their requested trays have not been in the fridge when they go to retrieve them. Residents are only to take food that has their name on it. Action: A camera will be mounted to observe the fridge.

Weekend Maintenance Requests

  • There is no regular maintenance available on weekends. Please leave a message for reception or Tamara who will submit the maintenance request after the weekend. If there is a maintenance emergency (i.e. flooding) on the weekend, please call afterhours building emergency line.

Garden on West end of building

  • A new garden was created earlier this year but only residents have watered it. Work request submitted for watering.
  • Resident commented his requests for grass outside his window and for the suite doors to be painted have yet to be completed.

Next meeting to be held in November. Date TBA.

MEMO: Terrace East Designated Visitors Only

We are noticing a significant spread of COVID in Terrace East and Terrace West. As of today, August 25th, the Public Health Office has put new safety measures in place to help limit the spread of COVID in our community. This affects how visiting will happen in Terrace East for the next while.

Each Terrace East resident will be able to choose two (2) designated visitors.

  • Only the designated visitors will be allowed to enter the building.
  • Call reception 604-851-4004 to let us know who your visitors will be.
  • Visits will take place in your apartment or outside. Visitors cannot meet in public areas of the building – ie lounges, the main lobby, etc.

When the designated visitor arrives at the door they will need to show proof of vaccination to the visitation host.

  • The host will confirm that the visitor is on the designated visitor list.
  • The visitor will take a COVID rapid test.
  • We will NOT require the green visitor badges that we used last year.

There will be extra recreation programming on Channel 10 to help keep everyone connected while in-person activities are on hold. You can find further details about daily COVID numbers on our website: mennoplacelife.com .

Please limit your movement going between Terrace West and Terrace East and do not visit in other buildings on campus. If you have a loved one in Menno Home or Menno Hospital contact care staff to find out about options for visiting.

If you feel unwell or have any COVID symptoms please use your pendant to call care staff so we can assist you.

MEMO: Terrace West Visitation Guidelines

We are noticing a significant spread of COVID in Terrace West and Terrace East. As of today, August 25th, we are putting a couple of safety measures in place to help limit the spread of COVID in our community.

Visitors are welcome in Terrace West provided they follow these guidelines:

  1. All visitors must sign in at the door and self-screen. If a visitor feels sick they should not enter the building.
  2. All visitors are required to wear a mask.
  3. Visits must take place in your apartment or outside. No visitors are allowed in public areas of the building – ie lounges, the bistro space, etc.
  4. We recommend visitors take a rapid test. Tests will be available at the door.

Meals will be delivered outside your door and placed on the black crates. Dietary staff will knock to let you know the meal has arrived.

There will be extra recreation programming on Channel 10 to help keep everyone connected while in-person activities are on hold. You can find further details about daily COVID numbers on our website: mennoplacelife.com

Please limit your movement going between Terrace West and Terrace East. You can access the wellness center if needed, but please do not visit in other buildings on campus.

If you feel unwell or have any COVID symptoms please call reception to request a rapid test: 604-851-4004. If you test yourself and it comes back positive, please let us know.

Memo: Terrace Dining Room Closed

We are sorry to report that as of today there are 11 COVID positive residents in the Terraces – 8 in Terrace East and 3 in Terrace West. The affected residents are isolating in their apartments. Because of this increase in cases the Public Health office has put some extra measures in place to keep everyone safe.

Here’s what changes starting Tuesday:

  1. The Terrace dining room is closed. Staff will bring your meals and snacks to you in your apartment starting with morning snack Tuesday morning.
  2. All in person recreation activities, including bus trips, are cancelled. Channel 10 programming will continue.
  3. We recommend that all residents wear a mask whenever you are outside of your apartment.
  4. Menno Home and Menno Hospital MIGHT make changes to their visitation rules. Please call ahead before going to visit a loved one.

We are NOT in lockdown. You are still free to leave your apartment, move around the building, visit other residents, go outside, run errands and receive visitors. Please be careful. Please do not visit with residents who have an isolation cart outside their apartment.

If you start to feel unwell press your call button and let the care staff know. If you have any questions please call reception 604-851-4004.

Menno Place Video: Welcome Home

Watch and enjoy this joyful Menno Place video filmed last summer on our campus of care! Be sure to share the video from our Facebook page!

Primrose Gardens Community Meeting – June 29 2022

Facilitators: Trish, Leonard, Timea, David, John, Judith
Residents in Attendance: 28                                                                                    Date:   June 29, 2022

Welcome and opening comments by Trish. This will be the last Community Meeting until September.

  1. Recreation (Timea):
  • Ashley has resigned, Timea is solo for now. We hope to have new Recreation Aide join the team soon, and more program offerings to come.
  • Canada Day Party – June 30th: This will be held at the Menno Home Courtyard. Lots of fun with car show, ice cream, and more. Brian will help transport residents between Primrose and Courtyard – meet at PG front entrance. Wear your red + white to celebrate Canada Day!
  • Bus trips in July: We have full-day trips planned for Burnaby Village, Steveston Village, and Birchwood Dairy. Sign up through Reception. Come join the fun!
  • Recent bus trip to White Rock was fantastic! Glowing reviews!
  • More activities planned for July – morning and afternoon activities. Coffee Socials (Wed), group activities, etc. Come and get to know each other!
  • Hearing Clinic: Held 1st Thursday of each month at 3:30pm in Activities Room.
  • Suggestions, ideas for new activities? Let us know – we are here for you!
  1. Introduction of David JanzenBuilding Systems & Emergency Response Coordinator:

David Janzen looks after building systems for the entire Menno campus. David has been with Menno Place for 30 years. David answered questions related to fire and emergency responses and demonstrated how to use a fire extinguisher. David will revisit the emergency plans in the fall.

  • What to do during a fire alarm? Stay where you are unless the fire is in your apartment.
  • Do NOT use the elevator unless deemed safe to use by Fire Department, and only by supervised escort.
  • If fire alarm sounds, 911 will be contacted automatically.
  • Prevent smoke from entering your suite by placing a towel at the base of your door.
  • In-suite smoke alarms don’t trigger fire alarms, but if you open your apartment door into the hallway, the smoke can trigger the building smoke sensor.
  • Fire alarm pull stations are located throughout the building and at designated EXITs.
  • Fire extinguishers are located on every floor and by EXIT signs.
  • In the event of mass evacuation, staff will assist residents needing extra help. Fire crew will also assist with evacuation although priority is to fight fires.
  • If you are told to evacuate follow exit diagram on the back of your apartment door. Get to know alternate exit stairwells
  • Living Waters Garden is the Safe Assembly Point/Muster Station to meet in event of evacuation. Alternate location is the Menno Home Courtyard.
  • Don’t lock your doors in emergency evacuation so fire department can access easier.
  • Hang your ‘I’M AWAY’ sign during an evacuation to help us know you are safe. If you need replacements, see Reception. We have lots!
  • Household items such as neck warmers can overheat and catch fire if placed on the bed.
  1. Pastoral Care (John):
  • We have a new Chaplain for the Apartments! John will train new Chaplain during this transitional period.
  • Fellowship of Friends: Fridays at 2:30pm starting in July, as well as other in-person activities. The old TV programs will end as we welcome more in-person connections.
  • Weekly Friday Morning Prayers at 9am.
  1. Updates + Reminders (Leonard):
  • A card for John’s retirement will be distributed for everyone to sign.
  • Air conditioning and cooling areas: Remember to hydrate, watch out for heat exhaustion. We encourage you to get an air conditioner if you don’t already have one installed. Be prepared for the summer heat.
  • Scooters: Remember speed is S-L-O-W. Don’t drive faster than Leonard can walk. J
  • Rent Increase reminder – the 1.5% increase will start in July for residents that have lived here more than 12 months.
  • Building Emergency Line – the building emergency number on your fridge magnet should be used for building-related emergencies such as drain backup or heating issues in evenings and weekends when office staff not around. Please do not call this emergency number if you are not feeling well or have questions about food.
  • Menno Forums – the weekly forum will now be broadcast on Tuesdays at 9:30am
  • Recycling area: We are in process of updating the recycling area and will put up signs to help indicate what goes into each bin.
  • Glass jars are not accepted by the city in any of the bins – these must be dropped off in designated recycling depots. If you are not sure which bin to put it, it is safer to put it in the garbage bin than the recycling or organics/compost bin.
  • Battery recycling: There is a box inside the Fitness Room to recycle your small household batteries.
  1. Primrose-specific Updates (Trish):
  • Masks are no longer required for visitors. Staff will continue to wear masks.
  • Dining Room Seating: Assigned seating has been removed. We welcome you to sit with your friends and neighbours to re-connect, and make some new friends. Please remember to be courteous to each other as we transition back to freestyle seating.
  • Return of Guests in Dining Room: We are working on a plan with Angela (Manager of Dining Experience) to accommodate guests join meals in the dining room again.
  • Morning Break (start date to be announced): We are excited to introduce ‘Morning Break’ in mid-July! This service will be available 7 days a week between 8:15am – 10am in the dining room, sit with your friends! We will be serving ‘continental breakfast’ so you will no longer receive the brown bags in the mornings outside your suite. No more bran muffins…unless you really want one. J
  • Recreation and Pastoral staff are welcome to join you for Morning Break. Visitors will also be welcome to join you (price TBD). Please stay tuned for official start date.
  • Guest Suites: Not available at this time.
  • Lynn’s replacement for Reception: Claire (Terrace Receptionist) will work part-time at PG and help gather information on how we can improve life at PG. We may reconfigure the Reception position and update when a replacement has been hired. We thank Lynn for her dedication and service at Primrose Gardens.
  • Vacation coverage: Trish and Leonard will stagger vacations over the summer months to ensure office coverage and presence.

Meeting adjourned. The Community Meetings will resume in September.  Thank you!  

Pavilion Community Meeting – June 24 2022

Pavilion Community Meeting Minutes

Facilitators: Trish, Leonard, Timea, David, Judith
Residents in Attendance: 22
Date:   June 24, 2022

Welcome and opening comments by Trish.

  1. Heat Plan (Trish): We are conducting an A/C audit, and have plans for Cooling Stations.
  • Ways to stay cool: stay hydrated, drink water or beverages with electrolytes, wrap a cold towel around your neck or feet; keep windows and doors closed and blinds shaded during the day/afternoon when it’s warmest. You can open your windows at night when it’s cooler. You can also visit a neighbor with A/C if you don’t have one.
  • Misconception: Fans will not cool down core temperature – it just moves the warm air around.
  • Cooling Areas (Leonard): End of the halls near Suites 227 and 327 are the coolest areas in the building if you need a quick reprieve from the heat. The 3rd Floor Lounge can also help cool you down.
  • Air Conditioning (Leonard): This is a priority for our Maintenance team. If you need an air conditioner installed, please let us know and we will set up a request for installation. You will need to supply your own A/C unit, ready to be installed in your living room with an extension cord at least 6 feet long.

If you have questions or concerns about heat exhaustion, heat stroke symptoms, please let your care provider or family know. You can also call the 811 HealthLink BC line for information.

  1. Recreation (Timea):
  • Ashley has resigned, Timea is solo for now, but we hope to have new Recreation Aide join the team soon, and more program offerings.
  • Bus trip to White Rock was great! We will have more bus trips in July.
  • Canada Day Celebration – June 30th in the Courtyard. Please wear your name tags and get to know your neighbours. Brian (bus driver) can help transfer residents to the courtyard in the GEM car.
  • Group Activities reminder – highlighted in yellow. Come and get to know each other!
  1. Updates + Reminders (Leonard):
  • Building Emergency Line – the building emergency number on your fridge magnet with Leonard’s face on it should be used for building-related emergencies such as drain backup or heating issues in evenings and weekends when office staff not around. Please do not call this emergency number if you are not feeling well or have questions about food.
  • Scooter speeds – shared spaces pose challenges, but we will work together to make it work. No racing – remember the speed is: S-L-O-W. Don’t drive faster than Leonard’s walking pace. J
  • Menno Forums – the weekly forum will now be broadcast on Tuesdays at 9:30am
  • Rent Increase reminder – the 1.5% increase will start in July for residents that have lived here more than 12 months.
  1. Introduction of David JanzenBuilding Systems & Emergency Response Coordinator:

David Janzen looks after building systems for the entire Menno campus. David has been with Menno Place for 30 years. David answered questions related to fire and emergency responses and demonstrated how to use a fire extinguisher. David will revisit the emergency plans in the fall.

  • What to do during a fire alarm? Stay in your room unless you are able to take the stairs.
  • If fire alarm sounds, 911 will be contacted automatically.
  • Prevent smoke from entering your suite by placing a towel at the base of your door.
  • Emergency lights in stairwells will turn on in event of power failure. The emergency generator will keep common area lights on.
  • In-suite smoke alarms don’t trigger fire alarms, but if you open your apartment door into the hallway, the smoke can trigger the building smoke sensor.
  • Fire alarm pull stations are located throughout the building and at designated EXITs.
  • Fire extinguishers are located on every floor and by EXIT signs.
  • In the event of mass evacuation, staff will assist residents needing extra help. Fire crew will also assist with evacuation although priority is to fight fires.
  • Living Waters Garden is the safe place to meet in event of evacuation. Alternate location is the Menno Home Courtyard.
  • Don’t lock your doors in emergency evacuation so fire department can access easier.
  • Hang your I’M AWAY sign during an evacuation to help us know you are safe.
  • Household items such as neck warmers can overheat and catch fire if placed on the bed.
  1. Open Discussion to Floor (Trish, Leonard, David, Timea):
  • The A/C in the Lounge/ping-pong room – anyone can turn it on, but please turn it off when you leave the room.
  • Ideal temperature for the A/C setting is 23-24 C.
  • Channel 10 Church Service – background music overlaps the service. We are working on a solution. Technology sometimes creates some unforeseen challenges. Thank you for your patience.
  • Bistro to re-open? Trish will meet with Angela (Manager of Food & Nutrition) next week to discuss options to safely re-open the Bistro. The small space is a challenge, but our goal is to re-open the Bistro. This may look different from before COVID.
  • Scooters parking area – Leonard is still working on this.
  • What can we use for Bible study, etc.? The 3rd Floor Lounge is the best room to meet for Bible study and other group activities for large space, privacy, and air conditioning. The Bistro space is also available.
  • The 2nd Floor Activities Room can now be used again for painting, student classes, etc. now that COVID numbers are down and restrictions are easing.
  • Update on grass to be planted outside certain suites on 2nd floor –Grounds crew will follow-up.
  • All 3 Chaplains are retiring this summer. We thank them for extending their respective retirement plans to serve the residents through COVID.

We will provide a large card for residents to sign for John Dyck (surprise).

Meeting adjourned. The Community Meetings will resume in September.

 

 

Terrace East & West Community Meeting – June 15 2022

Terrace East and West Community Meeting Minutes

Facilitators: Trish, Leonard, Dave, Linda, Timea, John
Date:   June 15, 2022

Terrace Tenants in Attendance: 36

  1. Staff Intro – Dave Janzen – Building Systems and Emergency Response Coordinator
    • There will be a fire drill next week (June 20 – 24).
    • If there is a fire in your suite, get out of the suite and pull the fire alarm.
    • If the fire alarm rings, stay in your suite until the fire alarm turns off. Block smoke from coming in the bottom of suite door. Do not use the elevator.
    • The lounges and dining room are safe places to stay when fire alarm sounds.
    • If you see smoke or flames from your suite, call 911.
  1. Staff Intro – Linda Weatherly – Manager of Therapeutic Recreation & Volunteer Services
    • Next event is Canada Day celebration on June 30th which will include car show, bbq and musical entertainment.
    • Volunteer opportunities are opening for apartment residents to volunteer in Menno Home or Hospital i.e. one-on-one visits, read, play musical instrument. Apply online at mennoplace.ca/volunteers
    • Joyce Wiebe, Volunteer Coordinator, is the person to contact. 604-851-1366; volunteer@mennoplace.ca
    • Resident activity suggestions: table shuffle board; ceramics. Emily is in process of taking ceramics classes.
  1. Recreation (Timea)
    • Thank you to all who volunteer in the apartments. Thank you to all who visit people in long term care (LTC).
    • Hearing clinics: first Thursday of each month at 2:00pm in 3rd floor lounge.
    • Bus trips – June 16th & 23rd are full; Timea is open to suggestions of places to visit.
    • Ice cream social with entertainment in July.
    • Coffee socials will begin again once more recreation staff are available.
    • Armchair travel and bingo will be in person in July instead of on Channel 10.
  1. Chaplain Services (John)
    • John retires at the end of July. New chaplain has yet to be hired.
    • Tuesday hymn sing and Thursday Bible study will continue on Channel 10.
    • Watch for in person groups on the July calendar.
  1. Miscellaneous – Safety, Etc. (Leonard)
    • Motorized wheelchairs and scooters have a speed limit of slow, especially inside the buildings. Setting to be on ‘slow’.
    • Air conditioners belong to individual residents. Menno Place cannot fix them. Menno Place is only responsible for install and removal.  Menno Place is still able to install air conditioners.
    • Building emergency line 604-217-4418 is for building emergencies only. It is not for medical emergencies. In case of medical emergency, TE residents push your pendants and TW residents use your own pendant or call 911.
    • Rent increases take effect July 1; notices were given in March.
    • Menno Forum is moving to Tuesdays at 9:35. Live on Channel 10.
    • New Resident Orientation is on Tuesday, June 21 in Terrace Dining Room for all apartment residents that have moved in since March 2022. Please RSVP to Claire.
  2. Care Services for Terrace West (Trish) – Plans are being developed for care services, such as baths, dressing, escorts to dining room, medication administration, to help residents age in place. Please see Claire if interested.
  3. Heat Plan (Trish)
    • Fraser Health requires Menno Place have a plan in place for a heat crisis.
    • Menno Place encourages residents to get air conditioners. Menno Place is creating plans for cooling areas.
    • What is your plan if we have another heat dome? If you are vulnerable to extreme heat, please let Claire know.
  1. Open Discussion to Floor (Trish)
    • Bench at TW Entrance is too far away. Request to move closer submitted.
    • Residents are interested in spa bath but cannot afford it. Trish states 60 minutes for $60 includes care staff wage and benefits. Family are welcome to purchase spa bath on resident’s behalf.
    • Resident would like bistro to reopen. Management to discuss options in the coming weeks.

Next meeting to be held in September. Date TBA.

Air Conditioners at Menno Place Apartments

Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to think about air conditioners.  The common areas of each of the apartment buildings are air conditioned but the apartments are not.  Air conditioners are in stores now. If you want to buy one, don’t wait. They tend to sell out quickly.

What kind of air conditioner should you choose?

  1. Choose a portable air conditioner – one that sits on the floor and vents out the window. We are not able to install units that hang outside the window.
  2. Select a unit that is 8000 BTUs or less. Anything higher than that will trip the breakers.
  3. Menno Place’s maintenance team must do the installation to ensure it’s done correctly and safely. There is a $36.00 charge for installation which includes removal at the end of the season.
  4. If your apartment does not have a balcony/patio please check with Leonard to ensure a unit can be installed before purchasing.

How to request installation:

  1. Make sure the unit is on site, in the resident’s suite and unboxed.
  2. Provide a 3-pronged extension cord approximately 6 feet in length.
  3. Contact the receptionist in your building to request an install. The receptionist will fill out a work request and the maintenance team will attend. Air conditioner installs can usually be completed in 2-3 days.

If you order an air conditioner online please be sure to give the resident’s full address including their suite number. The unit needs to be delivered to their apartment. We have had issues in the past where delivery companies have tried to drop the units off at our warehouse which causes confusion, lost units and delays.

If you have any questions about air conditioners please contact your receptionist – Lynn for Primrose Gardens and Pavilion (604 851-4000) or Claire for Terrace East and Terrace West (604-851-4004).