Craft helps residents express what they love most about themselves

An activity on Self-Awareness Saturday also helped Pleasant Meadow staff learn more about residents

Pleasant Meadow Manor residents recently enjoyed an activity where they had an opportunity to do some soul searching and discover the things they love most about themselves.

As part of the activity on Self-Awareness Saturday (Sept. 4), residents made paper cutouts of hearts with two arms on both sides. On the hearts, they wrote the things they love most about themselves.

The program was hosted by the Norwood, Ont. long-term care home’s life enrichment team members. Life enrichment staff visited residents in their rooms to make the hearts and help residents tap into their self-love, explains life enrichment co-ordinator Kim Williams.

Kim says aside from being an excellent way for residents to think about their favourite qualities, it was also an opportunity for team members to learn more about residents.

The newest life enrichment team member, Natalie McDade, especially found the program rewarding, Kim says.

“It really helped my newest staff member to make new connections and get to know our residents,” she tells The OMNIway.

“The residents enjoyed it as well; they have taken a real shine to Natalie. It was nice for the residents to focus on the positive aspects in their life.”

Residents wrote many different aspects of self-love on their hearts. Some wrote about how they love their children and grandchildren. One resident had worked as an engineer and he wrote that he loved his job as an engineer.

Kim says there is one resident craft that stands out for her.

“One gentleman wrote that he loved the fact that he is handsome,” she says.

Kim says the beauty of this program was how well it allowed residents to explore their lives and honour themselves with healthy self-promotion.

“It was a really great one-on-one activity because (life enrichment staff members) went around to their rooms, sat with the residents and got to know the residents better as well,” she says.

“It gave residents a chance to think about what it is they love about themselves because that’s not an easy question to answer. I think this was a great opportunity for them to look at themselves.”

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