Home holds appreciation luncheon
From the person who faithfully visits a resident to the other who performs in a musical group, Rosebridge Manor extends its gratitude.
With National Volunteer Week falling earlier in April, it provided a formal opportunity for the Jasper long-term care home to celebrate and pay tribute to its unpaid workforce.
Kathy Barr, life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) at Rosebridge Manor, speaks highly about the value of having 40 or so men and women who generously offer their time to the rural long-term care home.
“It’s important to us to formally show our volunteers how much they are appreciated,” Barr says.
“We always have a nice lunch for our volunteers.”
Barr planned on sharing a few words during the event about the positive impact volunteers have on residents. “I try to make it as personalized as possible and make sure that each and every one of them knows how much they are respected and cared about for what they do.
“I think they add a great deal to residents’ lives,” the LEC says. “I see the residents light up.”
Seniors who don’t have relatives or frequent visitors particularly benefit from the one-on-one connection with the volunteers.
They also provide residents with their connection to the community, she notes.
Other volunteers share their style of musical entertainment, which residents enjoy.
Those who give their time to Rosebridge also help making outings possible for additional residents by accompanying staff and seniors. Volunteers provide an extra pair of hands and enrich the experience through their engagement.
Rosebridge has about 30 regular volunteers and an additional 10 or so who are part of large singing groups that perform at the home a few times a year.
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