Honour comes as a surprise to the team
Monday, May 5, 2014 — Deron Hamel
When Kentwood Park life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Lisa Mills received a phone call from Community Living Prince Edward recently, inviting her and six residents to a breakfast, she thought it would be a great opportunity for an outing.
What she didn’t realize is that she and the residents at the Picton long-term care home were invited to the breakfast to receive a community-service award from Community Living Prince Edward, an organization advocating for the rights of people with developmental disabilities.
Mills, life enrichment aide Shannon McKinley and the residents accepted the invitation. They showed up for the breakfast, enjoyed their meal, and were “surprised” when they were called to the podium to accept an award, says Mills.
“We were sitting there thinking, ‘why are we here,’ and then boom, they call us up for an award,” the LEC tells the OMNIway, adding Kentwood Park was the only long-term care home to receive an honour that day.
“Receiving the award was an honour for our home and residents. Residents were very happy and surprised to receive this award.”
For several years, Kentwood Park has collaborated with Community Living. Through this collaboration, people accessing supports from Community Living Prince Edward visit the home one day each week to spend time socializing with residents, participating in activities with them and helping staff members with small jobs, like folding laundry.
Mills says this collaboration brings value to residents and the people accessing Community Living Prince Edward’s services, because they benefit from the socialization and friendships made.
Kentwood Park also invites people from Community Living Prince Edward to many of the home’s events, such as barbecues.
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