10 “guardian angels” who make a difference

10 “guardian angels” who make a difference


Over the past few weeks, dozens upon dozens of readers have answered the call of the Journalto to find the “best” guardian angels in Quebec.  

Touching testimonials, caring stories and dedicated employees have been reported across the province. 

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

  • An attendant beneficiaries who built a garden in the courtyard of a CHSLD 
  • A maintenance worker who sows good humor with her colorful cart and her disguises 
  • < li dir="auto">A CHSLD manager who still has her team tattooed on her heart, even in retirement

  • A man, who became an attendant at the age of 60, who treats with patience and dignity the people with loss of autonomy whom he visits at home 
  • An attendant who takes care of her patients , including veterans, like family members 
  • A special education teacher who created a hair salon to pamper seniors
  • An art therapist who helps patients flourish before they pass away
  • A recreation worker who launched a monthly journal on life at the residential centre.
  • A nurse who helps families live their loved one's last moments with dignity< /li>
  • A practical nurse who makes her patients feel at home. 

The people we have chosen to present to you are unquestionably among the best. 

However, there is nothing scientific about this exercise and a whole host of other artisans could have been part of this series of articles. 

Our choice was guided by the desire to tell impressive stories and to highlight the hard work of several trades, such as special education, beneficiary attendant, maintenance or recreation. 

The objective of the Journal? Highlight the work of individuals who are dedicated in the shadows and who have been dubbed “guardian angels” during the pandemic 

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

Happy reading! 

Gardens that appeal to families< /h3>

A beneficiary attendant turned into a gardener and digged up the earth with the sweat of his brow to beautify the courtyard of a CHSLD by building gardens of vegetables and flowers. 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 haven't been idle. I never stopped for a second! he swears.

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< strong>“I'm not working, I'm having fun”

A maintenance worker spreads good humor in a private seniors' residence .

Residents and employees of an RPA in Quebec have the chance to share their daily lives with a housekeeping attendant who spreads happiness with originality.

Small chocolates, birthday cards, special attentions for seniors and colorful disguises on special days are among the “other related tasks” that Doris Deschamps has taken on since her arrival a year ago at the Résidence Saint-Philippe, in the Neufchâtel sector, in Quebec. 

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Respite at home becomes his life mission at 60

A graphic designer who was looking for an extra income discovered a new mission of life by becoming a beneficiary attendant at the age of 60.

It was to compensate for the periods when he carried out fewer contracts that Yvan Ouellet, now 66, had the idea of ​​taking training to become a beneficiary attendant.

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

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A mother for her CHSLD employees

Several months after retiring, a manager of a CHSLD hard hit by the pandemic continues to inspire her colleagues, who call her the “octopus” because of her ability to manage a thousand files at the same time. 

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

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

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Take care of the elderly

The residents of the Weedon accommodation center in the Eastern Townships are the happy recipients of the good care of a specialized educator determined to make them look young again. 

Using a non-pharmacological, focused on sensory stimulation, Mélina Veilleux promotes humanistic support for seniors. She compares herself to a “heart doctor”. 

During the pandemic, this 35-year-old woman created a mobile beauty salon where she could, among other things, do hair for residents and offer them manicures.< /p>

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Treated like family

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

“Livia is the very definition of the word guardian angel.It goes well beyond her role as a beneficiary attendant, she is part of the family,” says Diane Patry with emotion.

Her father, Maurice, a 90-year-old Canadian Armed Forces veteran and suffering from Parkinson's disease, has lived at the 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 to get closer to people, a successful bet that benefits both this new recreation attendant and the residents of her establishment whom she brightens up with her innovative and creative activities. 

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

Before leading recreation, Michèle Lemay first rubbed shoulders with the 120 residents as a beneficiary attendant.

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To make his patients feel at home

A nursing assistant at a residential center for seniors has made it her mission to make residents feel like they're at home, not in the hospital. 

< p>“I know everyone, I give personalized care to each person. I know that such and such a lady, if I do her nails, she doesn't like red, she prefers pink”, illustrates with passion Sabrina Dorais, nursing assistant at the Center d'hébergement de Tracy.

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

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An outstretched hand to celebrate the last moments of life

Chantal Lapointe accompanies families to live the last breath of their loved one with dignity, entering their greatest intimacy on tiptoe.  

< p>After working in the emergency room, she promised herself that she would finish her nursing career with end-of-life patients.

“In palliative care, there is a specific goal. We take care of the sick and not of the disease”, nuances the 58-year-old woman.  

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Art to help forget evils

Arrived in a palliative care center by chance, Marcia Lorenzato had no idea that she would one day become one of the pillars of the establishment. Fifteen years later, she has enabled hundreds of patients to flourish before they die. 

“Marcia works a little in the shadows, without realizing all the impact that her work brings to people, as she carries on her shoulders one of the strong core of the center. And she doesn't count her time,” says Danielle Leblanc, nurse clinician at Center Bonenfant-Dionne.

Just wanting to “take a break” after completing her doctorate, Marcia Lorenzato went to the establishment located in the Maison Michel-Sarrazin in Quebec City with the intention of offering works there for International Women's Day in 2007.

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