Riverview Manor residents share all they are thankful for during Thanksgiving services

The global COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many changes affecting long-term-care home residents in 2020, but there are still many things for which Riverview Manor residents are thankful.

During the Thanksgiving holiday, the Peterborough long-term care home’s residents attended a “gratefulness service” led by life enrichment aide Adam Wicklum.

Adam led one service for residents of the home’s south side Oct. 9 and another service for north-side residents Oct. 12.

During the services, residents volunteered to read gratitude topics that included a question-and-answer session. This was followed by a prayer read by Adam, who also shared a reflection story about residents being thankful.

Residents also took the time to share with others the things they are most thankful for.

Resident Rev. Marvin McDermott played piano as staff gathered residents into the dining room to set the mood of the non-denominational south-side service. Residents also sang a hymn of thankfulness.

Adam says Rev. McDermott’s piano playing has become a fixture at Riverview Manor.

“He plays piano almost every day, and residents come in on their own to listen,” Adam tells The OMNIway.

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