Individuals and organizations showed strong support for homes during the holiday season
The support OMNI Health Care long-term care homes received from their local communities this past holiday season was nothing short of amazing.
While the people and organizations that comprise the communities surrounding OMNI homes have always played a large part in the lives of residents and staff, the kindness and generosity homes were shown in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas was exceptional.
Just before current pandemic restrictions were put in place, longtime West Lake Terrace volunteer Lesley Campbell and her dad, Clark, visited the Prince Edward County long-term care home to bring holiday cheer to residents.
Lesley brought her therapy dogs, Huxley and Fergus, to the home to spend time with residents, while her dad played Santa Claus for everyone.
The visit from Lesley, her dad and the dogs was engaging for residents and brought out some who normally don’t attend programming, says life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Janie Denard.
“The residents loved having (the dogs) back, and we are hopeful that, yet again, things will open up and we can have Fergus and Huxley back again for some more visits,” she says.
When Streamway Villa residents awoke on Christmas morning they found stockings stuffed with gifts, thanks to the Stuff a Stocking for a Senior initiative, which has been showing sending holiday gifts to the Cobourg long-term care home’s residents since 2017.
Through the campaign, which is spearheaded by local resident Vicky Davis, donations are collected from the community, and then Christmas stockings and presents are bought for long-term-care home residents in the region.
“The residents loved their presents,” LEC Laurie Kracht says, adding Streamway Villa residents and team members are grateful for the Stuff a Stocking for a Senior initiative as well as for the other community members and organizations that showed support for the home over the holidays.
“It’s always a special treat for them on Christmas Day.”
Residents of Pleasant Meadow Manor in Norwood were also on the receiving end of community kindness in December.
In the days leading up to Christmas, there was a plethora of gifts dropped off at the home from a wide variety of local organizations and people, including St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Home Instead, Be a Santa to a Senior (BASTA) and Christmas for Seniors.
There were so many presents sent to Pleasant Meadow Manor that life enrichment aide Sheila Fleury, who was in charge of handing the gifts out to residents, spent Christmas Day and Boxing Day making deliveries.
“The residents were deeply touched by the generosity of the community,” says LEC Kim Williams.