Riverview breakfast program is getting people talking

Anita Kossmann is seen here enjoying pancakes during Riverview Manor's recent ladies' breakfast club.

Anita Kossmann is seen here enjoying pancakes during Riverview Manor’s recent ladies’ breakfast club.


Great food and conversations mark ladies’ club

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 — Deron Hamel

Anita Kossmann was in a chatty mood, meeting new people over pancakes, blueberries and peameal bacon last Friday during Riverview Manor’s ladies’ breakfast club.

Anita is usually the strong silent type, says life enrichment co-ordinator Sherry Baldwin, but the atmosphere created by the Peterborough long-term care home’s staff members was the perfect environment for lots of conversations and socialization.

Anita, who lives in the south end of the home was sitting with other residents she didn’t know before who live in the north end. Almost immediately conversations began to flow as new friendships were made.

And, of course, there was the delicious food prepared by the dietary staff which provides a spark for excellent conversation, says Baldwin. Anita and the other residents, she notes, ate well.

“Anita blew us away by eating as much as she did and chatting as much as she did and really enjoying herself,” Baldwin says. “These were ladies who hadn’t been to (the breakfast program) in awhile.”

Baldwin says she and other staff members try to get as many residents out to the monthly program as possible. There’s a breakfast club for women and another for men.

Working together, the life enrichment and dietary departments make the program as inclusive as possible. All residents are encouraged to attend and special dietary needs will be met.

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