Maplewood candy-grams generating sweet response

Brighton home gears up for Valentine’s Day

Special deliveries are underway at Maplewood and they require being handled with care.

A chocolate treat with a note attached is making its way daily to residents and staff at the Brighton long-term care.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Maplewood is selling 25-cent candy-grams for people to give to their loved ones — or secret crushes.

Since Feb. 1, residents have been manning the candy-gram booth, which features a basket of chocolates and a basket of cards, at the home’s entrance.

“Right from start to finish it’s a resident activity,” says Rachel Corkery, administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) at Maplewood.

The candy-gram activity is getting a sweet response from residents, family members and staff at the 49-bed home.

Residents, staff and family members purchase candy-grams for each other, with the proceeds benefitting the residents’ council fund.

“It’s great. To see residents’ reactions when they get one is (heart-warming),” Corkery says.

“It goes over very well and from a staff perspective it touches us too because  there’s a sense of appreciation” when one receives a candy-gram.

Personally, Corkery still has the candy-grams she has received in years past hanging on her office wall.

Some candy-grams are from a resident, others come from a secret admirer so the sender remains anonymous.

The administrator/LEC says family members also love the idea. They’ll often purchase a new one for their relative each day they visit the home during the course of the initiative.

Maplewood also has other activities planned to mark Valentine’s Day.

Stay tuned to The OMNIway for additional stories about the celebration of love in OMNI Health Care homes.

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