From pet therapy to religious services to helping with bingo, Mark Coady does it all
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Mark Coady first became acquainted with Riverview Manor about 10 years ago when his mother-in-law was living at the Peterborough long-term care home. Mark would often find himself helping residents when his wife was assisting her mother, and it seemed natural for him to progress to becoming a volunteer.
Mark’s mother-in-law passed away in December 2012. He had seen the high level of care his mother-in-law was provided, and at that point, Mark made a promise to himself: he would volunteer at Riverview Manor “to give back all the time she was here.”
On Jan. 24, 2013, Mark officially became a Riverview Manor volunteer, and he has not looked back.
Mark fulfills many needs as a volunteer. He helps with feeding, portering and will lead or assist with activities such as bingo. Mark also assists the visiting priest during services. He has also been trained to perform communion when the priest is not available.
Mark also has a Jack Russell terrier and a cat he brings to Riverview Manor for pet therapy sessions with residents. “But they always visit at different times because they are too much to handle at once,” he chuckles.
While Mark says he enjoys the volunteer work he does at Riverview Manor, it’s the positive impact he’s able to make in the residents’ lives that makes him most happy about donating his time to the home.
“It’s the love you feel from the residents who are so happy that you’ve taken the time to be with them,” he tells The OMNIway.
Mark is quick to give credit to Riverview Manor staff members for creating a homey environment that delivers high quality of life to residents. In fact, he says he has recommended Riverview Manor to others.
“I know people who have got relatives close to needing a long-term care home, and I have told them not to overlook Riverview because of its home atmosphere,” Mark says.
If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity at an OMNI Health Care long-term care home, please contact head office at 1-705-748-6631 for more information.
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