Vi Larose reflects on past year at Almonte Country Haven

Almonte Country Haven resident Vi Larose is seen here spending time with niece Sharon Pottle.

Almonte Country Haven resident Vi Larose is seen here spending time with niece Sharon Pottle.

Entertainment, food and social life are among home’s strengths, says 90-Plus Club member

Monday, July 21, 2014 — Deron Hamel

Meet Vi Larose, a member of Almonte Country Haven’s 90-Plus Club.

Vi, who will turn 100 on Nov. 5, has been a resident at the Lanark County long-term care home about a year. She and her niece, Sharon Pottle, say they are happy with all aspects of life at Almonte Country Haven from the food, to the entertainment to the kind, caring staff who always have time for residents.

A lifelong resident of Almonte, Ont., Vi says her favourite aspect of life at the OMNI Health Care home has been the people she lives with as well as the staff.

“The people are all so friendly,” she says.

Sharon adds that Vi’s had a much more active social life since moving into Almonte Country Haven. When entertainers come in, Vi is “always sitting up in the front row,” she says.

“And Vi really loves the staff,” Sharon says.

Vi and Sharon also compliment Almonte Country Haven’s kitchen staff for the food served. Vi says the meals are enjoyable and she likes the fact that there’s always choice provided at mealtimes. There’s always snacks provided throughout the day, too, she adds.

Asked what she wants to do for her milestone birthday, Vi’s answer is straightforward: “Be happy.”

Almonte Country Haven launched the 90-Plus Club in June. The club is designed to honour residents who are nonagenarians and centenarians — people in their 90s and 100s.

The 90-Plus Club has 26 residents, with some nearing the 100-year mark. The purpose of the club is to “recognize, demonstrate our respect and acknowledge those residents who have reached 90 years or more,” explains administrator Marilyn Colton.

As part of the 90-Plus Club, members have the opportunity to choose activities and contribute to the home’s newsletter, Small Home, Big Hearts, and, if they choose, be profiled in the bimonthly OMNIway print piece.

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