Riverview residents enjoy pasta lunch they created with Fleming students

Riverview Manor residents are pictured here enjoying homemade spaghetti and meatballs they prepared at a Feb. 14 luncheon.

Being able to eat a meal they made was a mark of independence for residents, says NCM

Riverview Manor residents got to reap the fruits of their labour at a Feb. 14 luncheon where meatballs and tomato sauce they previously made in cooking classes with Fleming College students were served up with pasta.

For residents involved with the class, this was a big event because it was a chance to eat a full meal they had created, something many may not have done since moving into the Peterborough long-term care home, says nutritional care manager (NCM) Neil MacDonald.

In the weeks leading up to the luncheon, a group of 12 to 15 residents worked with the four students from Fleming College’s occupational therapy assistant/physiotherapy assistant program to prep the food.

Meatballs were made during one session, the pasta sauce at another, and everything was then frozen until the event. Banana cake was served for dessert.

“It was good to see because the residents really enjoyed (the meal) and they were talking about what it was like making the food,” Neil tells The OMNIway.

“It was really nice to see because it was the first meal they had cooked for themselves in a little while, and that made some of the residents really excited.”

The luncheon was the “grand finale” of the resident-student cooking classes.

The Fleming students – Peterann Gray, Holland Jans, Mina Tran and Rosie Do – started their seven-week placement at Riverview Manor on Jan. 8 and finished Feb. 21. The students were at the home every Tuesday and Thursday as part of the occupational therapy component of their studies.

As part of their placement, the students worked with residents who have varying combinations of physical, social and cognitive needs.

For more than 10 years, students from Fleming’s occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist assistant program have been working with residents and physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants to build their skill sets.

Another group of students will be starting a placement at Riverview Manor on March 5.

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