‘If you need help after your surgery, go to Trillium Villa’ says convalescent program graduate

Joyce Banninga moves back home after having hip-replacement surgery in January

Joyce Banninga is pictured here with convalescent care program PSW Roxanne English.

After two months of hard work in Trillium Villa’s convalescent care program, Joyce Banninga moved back home this week.

Banninga moved into the Sarnia long-term care community Jan. 4 after undergoing hip-replacement surgery at Bluewater Health on Jan. 2.

The convalescent program offered at Trillium Villa provides care from an interdisciplinary team of nurses, personal support workers (PSWs) and the physiotherapy team that helps patients recover from surgery and improve their well-being before moving back home.

Banninga spent 30 minutes each morning in an exercise group, which she says was “very, very good.” She adds that her favourite activity with the group was the chair exercises.

During her nine weeks at Trillium Villa, Banninga says she was taken by the kindness, support and professionalism displayed by staff members, the physiotherapy team and volunteers. And she noticed this professionalism not only in the convalescent care program but also with other residents.

“The (nursing) staff and physio staff have been very understanding; the dining room services have been great and there are so many volunteers who are willing to help,” she says. “This is the most loving place. …

“I will encourage anyone I know who needed the same (treatment) to go to this program. I will tell them, ‘if you need help after your surgery, go to Trillium Villa.’ ”

Trillium Villa convalescent care co-ordinator Shannon Waller says Banninga’s success was largely due to her strong work ethic and the support she received from team members.

“Joyce always participated in her therapy program; she was motivated and determined,” Waller says. “She is fantastic and caring and has been very attentive to other residents.”

Asked what the first thing she will do when she gets home will be, Joyce does not skip a beat in her reply.

“The first thing I will do is rest,” she says.

Trillium Villa’s convalescent program was launched in August 2012 through funding by the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). The program can accommodate up to 10 people at a time.

This story was provided to the Steeves & Rozema Group by Axiom News and originally appeared on the S&R Today website. Republished with permission.

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