Inside Silvera, issue 17

Watch for new fire safety boxes in our communities

You may have noticed new white steel boxes being installed at our community buildings. These boxes house our Fire Safety Plan, a requirement of the Alberta Fire Code. A Fire Safety Plan helps us respond quickly and effectively in the event of a fire.

The boxes include a floor plan, marked with appropriate fire related equipment, an information sheet about the community, a copy of your monthly Fire Drill Reports, and a copy of all Calgary Fire Department (CFD) certificates of compliance. A key has been placed with your community lock box, with maintenance, and with the lock box on the outside wall.

All employees are encouraged to review the Fire Safety Plan with their supervisor. There is valuable information in the plan that will help you respond in the event of an actual fire.

If you feel there should be an update or correction, bring that up to your supervisor. Once we have the last box hung with the Fire Safety Plan inside, the fire department will inspect them to ensure everything is in order and we are prepared in the event of a fire.

Silvera employees are committed to our organizational purpose and values

Michael Stuart, our Chief Human Resources Officer, recently sat down to talk about how employees support residents to live their best lives at Silvera. Watch the video below.

We couldn't do it without you!

“Thank you to our Silvera team for spreading the word about our Stockings for Seniors campaign to your family and friends and for donating stockings! A special thank you to our community teams who delivered stockings to our residents. Every small part makes a big difference. My sincere gratitude for your support.” ~ Nadine Maillot, Senior Manager Donor and Community Engagement

A new line of dinnerware is helping Silvera residents with dementia, sight loss and dexterity issues

Studies show that people living with memory or sight loss can have difficulty distinguishing contrast. Starting with residents in Silvera’s early stage memory care program at Beaverdam, we’re introducing dinnerware with these specific challenges in mind.

A well-known study from Boston University found Alzheimer’s patients using red plates consumed 24 percent more food and 84 percent more liquid than those using white plates. High-contrast colours help users distinguish food from tableware and stimulate appetite. Our new plates have a blue rim for colour and contrast and deeper rims to assist with picking up food from the plate. Coffee mugs offer a wider finger grip and water glasses have an added rim for grip and ease of use.

This type of dinnerware helps residents to continue to eat independently and helps make for a more dignified and enjoyable dining experience.

Shown here is a beautiful New Year’s Day lobster lunch served on the new plates.

We look forward to introducing the new dinnerware in Aspen and some of our other Enhanced Services communities in the next few months.

Employees and residents had a bit of fun with 2.2.22

February 2 is generally known as Groundhog Day. And while Balzac Billy may have predicted six more weeks of winter, Feb. 2 was also a significant date this year because of the sequence of numbers: 2.2.22. It only happens once each century!

Check out a few of our employees and residents having fun with Tu-Tu Day.  

Happy Tutu Day!