‘It’s a chance to bring everybody together’
Rosebridge Manor is honouring thy mothers.
Presenting each woman with a flower and helping her look their best, the Jasper long-term care home will mark Mother’s Day Sunday, May 8.
Rosebridge expects to host about 40 mothers and their visiting sons and daughters for refreshments, desserts and entertainment.
Mother’s Day is an important occasion and social event for residents and family members alike, says Kathy Barr, life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC), at Rosebridge Manor.
“Each year I always make sure Mother’s Day is a big deal,” Barr tells The OMNIway.
“It’s a chance to bring everybody together and give people the opportunity to spend Mother’s Day with their moms.”
Residents anticipate Mother’s Day. “They’re always happy to see their kids,” she says of the home’s mothers.
While residents have the chance to spend quality time with their loved ones, family members also get the opportunity to connect with the Rosebridge Manor community.
“It helps families get together, meet other families and get to know each other,” Barr explains.
The personal support workers take extra time on the morning of Mother’s Day to work each resident to choose a favourite outfit. Often, family members will bring in something new for their loved one to wear for the social function.
Life enrichment staff members ensure each mother receives a carnation, adorn the tables with additional fresh flowers and decorate with foil balloons. The LEC hopes to provide live entertainment courtesy of performers coming into the home.
The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official holiday in the United States in 1914.
“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there” is a famous quote by Robert Browning.
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