Forest Hill LEA comes up with a ‘picture-perfect’ surprise for residents’ families

Forest Hill resident Barbara McWeeny poses for a Christmas photo that was taken by LEA Rita Gurova.

Rita Gurova photographs 144 residents and sends the pictures to families as gifts

Just before Christmas, Forest Hill life enrichment aide (LEA) Rita Gurova decided to marry her passion for photography with her passion for working with the Ottawa-area long-term care home’s residents.

The result was “picture-perfect,” you might say.

Rita photographed 144 of Forest Hill’s 160 residents. The photos featured residents in front of Christmassy backdrops, with some residents wearing Santa hats or holding holiday-themed props.

The photos then had a red-and-green border added to them and they were sent in cards to residents’ family members as gifts.

Rita’s innovative idea struck a chord with family members, many wrote Forest Hill to thank Rita and the life enrichment team for their effort.

“We really got a lot of great feedback from the families about this; the families were so pleased because they were surprised to get a picture of their loved ones,” life enrichment co-ordinator Craig Forrest tells The OMNIway.

One of those family members is Linda Murphy, who e-mailed Craig to thank Rita and the team for the photo of her father she received before Christmas.

“In a way, it is indicative of the happiness and energy you and your team generate in your activities with residents – helping to inject some fun into their lives,” Linda writes.

“I deeply appreciate this work and everything else done for the residents and (of course, especially) my Dad.”

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