A ‘true love story’ at Woodland Villa

Collaboration reunites husband and wife

October 7, 2013 — Deron Hamel

A husband and wife have been reunited at Woodland Villa, thanks to collaboration between the Cornwall-area long-term care home, a hospital and the regional Community Care Access Centre (CCAC).

Life enrichment co-ordinator Lisa Doran says residents Gaston and Molly Duchesneau have been living happily together since Sept. 9 when Gaston moved into Woodland Villa.

Gaston-Molly Duchesneau

Reunited: Gaston and Molly Duchesneau are happy together at Woodland Villa.

After Molly moved into the home in early August, the couple didn’t know if they would ever be able to live together again, but the efforts of resident services co-ordinator Denise Partridge, The Ottawa Hospital and Champlain CCAC resulted in the couple reuniting.

The three parties put “a lot of work” into making sure the Duchesneaus would be reunited, says Doran.

Prior to the couple moving into Woodland Villa, Gaston was Molly’s primary caregiver, until he required surgery in Ottawa. During this time Molly moved into Woodland Villa but was concerned the change would mean she and her husband would not be able to live together again.

Doran describes the couple as a “true love story.”

“Molly was anxious all morning, pacing the halls, asking staff if he was actually coming or if something changed and he wasn’t able to come,” Doran tells the OMNIway.

“But let me tell you at 11:35 a.m., when the Ottawa civic transportation van pulled up, you could see Molly and staff jumping out of their skin, waiting in anticipation for him to come through the doors.

Doran says the entire Woodland Villa team is touched by the Duchesneaus’ story.

“It was pretty special to see them reunite again,” she says. “They’re taking care of each other again and life is grand for them. . . . It’s as though they were never apart.”

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Life enrichment worker Tiffany Martell was recently at a car show and fundraiser in Warsaw, Ont., when she got an idea — why not do the same thing at Pleasant Meadow Manor?

She brought the idea to her manager, life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Chris Garden, who supported it, and on Sept. 18 the Norwood Cruisers brought 23 classic and antique cars and three motorcycles to the home for residents, their families, staff members and people from the community to enjoy.

The event, which Martell organized, was also used as a fundraiser for residents’ council. A barbecue, 50-50 draw and a silent auction raised a whopping $1,662 in just a few hours.

Garden attributes much of the event’s success to planning — and advertising. Her husband, who works as a mechanic in Norwood, spread the word to customers, and Martell created posters advertising the event. Even the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion helped advertise the event, as did staff members, volunteers and families.

“The night was great; it was a huge success . . . and there was a great teamwork approach to make it happen,” Garden tells the OMNIway.

Garden also commends Martell for coming up with the idea and making it work.

“Tiffany did an awesome job,” says the LEC, adding it was Martell’s first time organizing a large event at the home.

Garden notes the event was successful in two ways. First, the money it raised for residents’ council will go towards meaningful programming. Secondly, there’s an important engagement aspect — the event brought Norwood residents to the home and proved itself once again to be a central spot in the community.

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