10 "guardian angels" that make a difference

10 “guardian angels” that make a difference

Over the last few weeks, dozens and dozens of readers have responded to the call of the Trunk to find the “best” guardian angels in Quebec.

Heartwarming testimonials, heartwarming stories and dedicated employees were reported throughout the province.

Today we present you the portrait of 10 health network professionals who stand out for making a difference in their environment every day:

  • An assistant recipient who built a garden in the yard of a CHSLD
  • A maintenance worker who sows good humor with her colorful cart and her costumes
  • A CHSLD manager who still has her team tattooed on her heart, even in retirement
  • A man, who became an assistant at the age of 60, who treats people with loss of autonomy whom he visits at home with patience and dignity
  • An assistant who treats her patients, especially veterans, like family members.
  • A special educator who created a hair salon to pamper the elderly
  • An art therapist who helps patients blossom before they die.
  • A recreation worker who started a monthly journal about life in the shelter.
  • A nurse who helps families live with dignity the last moments of their loved one
  • A nursing assistant who makes sure her patients feel at home.

The people we have chosen to present to you are, without a doubt, among the best.

However, there is nothing scientific about this exercise and many other craftsmen could have been part of this series of articles.

Our choice was guided by a desire to tell impressive stories and highlight the hard work of various trades, such as specialized educator, beneficiary assistant, maintenance or recreation.

The objective of Trunk? Highlighting the work of individuals working in the shadows who have been dubbed “guardian angels” during the pandemic

Their actions have helped put a more human face on health care.

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Gardens that attract families

A recipient’s helper became a gardener and dug up the dirt with the sweat of his brow to beautify a CHSLD’s yard by building vegetable gardens and flower gardens. A unifying project that attracts families to visit their loved ones.

“I don’t want to brag, but I’m proud of what I’ve done,” says Olivier Talleux.

“And we have not been idle. I never stopped for a second!” he swears.

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“I don’t work, I have fun”

A maintenance worker sows good humor in a private residence for the elderly.

Residents and employees of an RPA in Quebec have the opportunity to share their daily lives with a cleaning assistant who transmits happiness with originality.

Small chocolates, birthday cards, special attention for the elderly and colorful costumes on special days are some of the “other related tasks” that Doris Deschamps has taken on since her arrival a year ago at the Residence Saint-Philippe, in the Neufchâtel sector , in Québec. .

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Respite at home becomes your life mission at 60

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A graphic designer looking for extra income discovered a new life mission by becoming an assistant payee at the age of 60.

It was to make up for periods when he was making fewer contracts that Yvan Ouellet, now 66, had the idea to train to become an assistant beneficiary.

“It’s never too late to take on new challenges,” he says.

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A mother to her CHSLD employees

Several months after retiring, a manager at a CHSLD hit hard by the pandemic continues to inspire her colleagues, who nickname her the “octopus” for her ability to manage a thousand files at once.

“She is still inside the walls! There is an after-Chantal”, says Isabelle Lepage, a nurse at the Sainte-Dorothée long-term care accommodation center (CHSLD), in Laval.

“It’s a heart on two legs,” adds her colleague Nathalie Alix. She gave herself to make everyone happy. »

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caring for the elderly

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Residents of the Weedon Accommodation Center in the Eastern Townships are the happy recipients of good care from a specialist educator bent on making them look young again.

With a non-pharmacological approach, focused on sensory stimulation, Mélina Veilleux promotes humanistic support for the elderly. She compares herself to a “doctor of the heart”.

During the pandemic, the 35-year-old created a mobile beauty salon where she could, among other things, do residents’ hair and give them manicures.

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treated like family

Leaving her native Romania a decade ago to follow her dreams with her husband, Livia Paun has carved out a special place for herself in the hearts of the residents of Maison Paul-Triquet, in Quebec City, whom she now considers like a second family.

“Livia is the very definition of the word Guardian angel. It goes far beyond his role as beneficiary assistant, he is part of the family”, says an emotional Diane Patry.

His father, Maurice, a 90-year-old veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces with Parkinson’s disease, has lived at Maison Paul-Triquet for four years.

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A breath of fresh air for residents

After 25 years in the field of fashion, Michèle Lemay made the leap to health in order to be closer to people, a successful move that benefits both this new leisure assistant and the residents of her establishment, whom she delights with their innovative and creative activities.

“The soul of the PPL, the Philippe-Lapointe Pavilion, is Michèle, she is highly appreciated by residents, employees and families,” says Gilles Doyon, manager of the long-term care facility (CHSLD) located in Sainte-Agathe-des. -Monts, in the Laurentians.

Before leading the reenactment, Michèle Lemay first rubbed elbows with the 120 residents as an assistant beneficiary.

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To make your patients feel at home

A licensed practical nurse at a residential senior center has made it her mission to make residents feel like they’re at home and not in the hospital.

“I know everyone, I give personalized attention to each person. I know that a lady like that, if she does her nails, she doesn’t like red, she prefers pink”, illustrates passionately Sabrina Dorais, nursing assistant at the Center d’hébergement de Tracy.

The 33-year-old has been in this profession for ten years, but discovered a whole new world when she arrived at this small accommodation center with 19 residents two years ago.

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An outstretched hand to celebrate the last moments of life

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Chantal Lapointe accompanies families to live with dignity the last breath of their loved one, tiptoeing into their greatest privacy.

After working in the emergency room, she had promised herself to finish her nursing career with patients at the end of her life.

“In palliative care, there is a specific goal. Let’s take care of the patient and not the disease”, clarifies the 58-year-old woman.

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The art of helping to forget the evils

Arriving by chance at a hospice center, Marcia Lorenzato had no idea that one day she would become one of the pillars of the establishment. Fifteen years later, she has allowed hundreds of patients to thrive before they die.

“Marcia works a bit in the shadows, without realizing the impact that her work generates in people, while carrying on her shoulders one of the strong cores of the center. And she doesn’t count her time,” says Danielle Leblanc, clinical nurse practitioner at the Bonenfant-Dionne Center.

With the simple desire to “take a break” after completing her Ph.

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