Family member donates fish tank to home
When the daughter of a Frost Manor resident saw colourful fish swimming in an aquarium at Victoria Manor, another Lindsay long-term care home, she was inspired.
At the time, Michele Bouchier was looking for a home for her mother, Marilyn. After Marilyn moved into Frost Manor last September, Bouchier became active in the home’s family council. It was at a family council meeting attended by two representatives from Victoria Manor’s council who attested to residents’ “highly positive responses” to the fish tank at that home, that she was convinced Frost Manor should get an aquarium.
So Bouchier put the idea into action and donated a fish tank to the home recently. She is even paying the monthly fee for Kawartha Aquariums in Peterborough to visit the home to maintain the tank.
Life enrichment co-ordinator Vi O’Leary says residents are already enjoying looking at the five baby cichlids in the tank and there are more to come.
“The response from residents is very noticeable already; people who normally don’t participate in activities are sitting there looking at the tank,” she says. “This is a big bonus for us, all the way around.”
Bouchier says this is the response she saw from Victoria Manor residents. She also learned that Frost Manor had contemplated getting an aquarium in the past, but was never able to because of the cost associated with buying and maintaining a fish tank. Bouchier didn’t want to see cost become an issue, so she offered to buy and donate the aquarium.
In fact, Bouchier is so convinced of the recreational value of the 74-gallon tank she’s even setting up her will so there will always be money sent to the home to maintain it.
“(Frost Manor) was worried it would be too much money, but I (wanted to) because it would be something that everyone at the home could use,” Bouchier says.
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