Pleasant Meadow Manor thanks volunteers with a luncheon

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LEC underscores value of those who donate their time to the home

Pleasant Meadow Manor thanked its volunteers by hosting a luncheon at the Norwood long-term care home on April 14.

Seventeen of the home’s 22 volunteers, which include Pleasant Meadow Manor’s pastoral team, were on hand for the annual event. In addition to being treated to a lunch served by staff members, the volunteers each received a gift.

Life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Chris Garden says volunteers are an integral part of the Pleasant Meadow Manor team, so each year the home hosts a luncheon or tea during National Volunteer Week to say thanks.

Volunteers perform many tasks in long-term care homes. They provide support to staff members during activities, outings and mealtimes. They also spend time with residents who are receiving palliative care and give one-to-one time to those residents who need it.

“Volunteers provide a lot of time to the residents,” Garden says, adding volunteers get to know residents well and can pass along important information to staff members. “Volunteers are another set of eyes in the home. Sometimes they will see things with residents that (staff members) might not notice.”

April 10-16 was National Volunteer Week in Canada. The week is marked by events nationwide that celebrate volunteers and all they do to enrich the lives of others. This year marked the 75th National Volunteer Week.

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