Patti Wright, Sienna Senior Living 

I am excited to join Change Day Ontario alongside my team in the Sienna Care Communities. I think it is an excellent way for us in health care to make a difference and I am proud to be a part of it. Change Day has given us the opportunity to not only make positive changes in long term care, big and small, but also to highlight and share these in a positive, supportive manner. The hardships associated with long term care for patients and families are very challenging, making it even more important to celebrate how our team members go above and beyond to provide the right care.

For Change Day Ontario, I’ve pledged to shadow a RPN from one of our Sienna Care Communities. Although I did work as a frontline worker in my younger years, I am not a nurse. I have great respect for the nurses who dedicate themselves to long term care and our seniors. I look forward to seeing firsthand how they manage multiple tasks and issues while still supporting and meeting all the residents’ needs. This insight will give me a deeper understanding of their role, and in turn allow me to better advocate for them.

My boss, Joanne Dykeman, has made a similar pledge to shadow a PSW. She shared the following quote with our team which highlights the importance of empathy:

Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.” – Daniel H. Pink.

Inspired by Joanne’s pledge, I look forward to shadowing a RPN from Rockcliffe Care Community on November 13th.

Our regional team pledge, facilitated by Lorraine Gibson, is to spread “positive gossip”. We hope to shed a positive light on the great acts of kindness that occur in our care communities each and every day. I believe that by highlighting these acts, we can encourage more kindness, increasing the pride and satisfaction amongst our team members, residents, families, and visitors. Little by little, the positive gossip will spread and will inspire positivity and appreciation amongst the long term care community.

Read more about the pledge here and here.