Pleasant Meadow values, honours volunteers

Norwood long-term care home hosts appreciation tea

Whether they’re helping residents enjoy a game of bingo or sitting down for a one-to-one conversation, volunteers are an integral part of the fabric of Pleasant Meadow Manor.

Chris Garden, life enrichment co-ordinator, tells The OMNIway that volunteers have a huge impact on the culture at the 61-bed Norwood long-term care home.

With their contributions in mind, Pleasant Meadow Manor hosted a volunteer appreciation tea April 18 for the men and women who offer their time and efforts to ultimately enrich quality of life for the home’s residents.

Thirteen of the home’s approximately 20 volunteers attended the tea and enjoyed refreshments, fruit and sweets. Residents gifted volunteers hand soap and handprint cut-outs thanking them for lending a hand.

“It’s nice to show our appreciation,” Chris says. “Appreciation goes a long way.”

Some of Pleasant Meadow Manor’s volunteers have been contributing to the home for two decades. That’s pretty special and a benefit of being located in a small, tight-knit community like Norwood.

Chris says there are relationships and connections that extend beyond the home and into the community with community members becoming volunteers to support a friend and sometimes volunteers later becoming residents.

“All of these relationships are (important) especially in a small community everyone knows each other.”

In addition to the bingo and one-on-one time with residents, volunteers help with outings and special events, tend to the gardens and contribute to Bible study sessions.

“It’s huge,” says Chris about the mark the men and women make on the home.

April 15-21 was National Volunteer Week 2018. The week is marked by events nationwide that celebrate volunteers and all they do to enrich the lives of others. This year marked the 77th National Volunteer Week.

Anyone interested in volunteering at an OMNI Health Care long-term care home can call 1-705-748-6631 for more information.

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