The party is a gift from Bill McMaster’s family to the staff on Cornish 5, where Bill stayed - and thrived - in Interim Care for 10 weeks.
“The staff took care of my dad the way you would care for your own family member,” said Barb Gudziunas, Bill’s daughter. “Everyone, from aids to nurses to the guy who cleaned the floor - they were all amazing to us and to my dad.”
Included in the McMaster’s gift was the refurbishment of the Family Room, a quiet place to sit and visit.
The gift has been well-received by staff and residents.
“It caused such excitement,” said Eileen Coates, resident care manager. “Minutes after the furniture arrived, our residents were there testing it out.”
Patty Johnson, director of long-term care at MHC, noted the gift supports the care model Bill and his family appreciated.
“Relationship-based care is about staff relationships with residents and their families - this quiet space can be a place for these connections to happen,” said Johnson.
For Bill’s family, including wife Jean and daughter Barb and son Bill Jr., the staff party and the refurbishment is a way to celebrate Bill and also to show appreciation.
“After he died, all the staff lined up and gave us a hug,” recalled Barb. “The care and compassion was exceptional … we wanted to show our appreciation for the care our entire family received at Misericordia.”