WINNIPEG — Victoria General Hospital is considering doing away with set hours families can visit loved ones and opening up visits 24/7.
A 2015 study by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) found that fewer than one in three Canadian hospitals had accommodating visiting policies, and even less offered 24/7 access to designated family members.
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A seasonal program to deliver Christmas gifts to low-income local seniors is back for another year.
The 6th annual Be a Santa to a Senior program was launched Tuesday at the Victoria General Hospital. The program delivered 1,100 gifts to seniors last year as older adults continue to face poverty and loneliness.
A new healing garden has opened at Victoria General Hospital, providing a beautiful outdoor space that promotes health and well-being.
The $1.8 million Miracle Garden was funded through donations to the Victoria General Hospital Foundation.
The Garden features a large water wall, a unique children’s area, and many tables and seating areas for patients, families, and staff to enjoy. The space can be used year-round for a variety of activities such as classes and spiritual gatherings.
A program designed to ensure local seniors have a gift to open on Christmas Day has collected nearly 1,000 items.
The annual Be a Santa to a Senior campaign was launched by Home Instead Senior Care on November 13. The campaign collected almost 300 more gifts this year than in 2011.
The program partners with local retailers, non-profit agencies and volunteers from the community to make opening a gift on the 25th possible.
“People in this city have embraced this program and have helped it grow so much over the last four years,” said Julie Donaldson of Home Instead Senior Care in Winnipeg. “It’s really moving when someone purchases a gift because a parent or grandparent they used to shop for is no longer around.”
The public picked up ornaments with the first names of seniors and their gift requests from Christmas trees at Victoria General Hospital, then dropped off their requested gifts earlier this month.
A holiday program that helps low income Winnipeg seniors to have an enjoyable Christmas has returned for another year.
Be a Santa to a Senior held its launch Tuesday morning at Victoria General Hospital. The program provides gifts to struggling seniors and helps to curb their loneliness during the holiday season.
The public can pick up ornaments with the first names of seniors and their gift requests from Christmas trees that will be up at Victoria General Hospital beginning today through November 16, or the local Home Instead Senior Care, 581 Sargent Avenue, starting November 19. Gifts can be returned along with their ornaments by November 30 to Victoria Hospital or December 7 to the Home Instead Senior Care office.
More than 700 gifts were delivered to low income seniors last year.