December 2017’s Wales Home News

by: Rebecca Taylor

December at the Résidence Wales Home and CHSLD Wales Inc. was a month of fun and festivities. It began on the 1st, with a concert in the main living room by the Roxton Children. They also performed for residents of Norton 3 on their unit. On the afternoon of the 2nd, an amazing performance of the Christmas Cantata was held in the main living room.

 

This month seven Christmas floor parties were held. We were fortunate to have delicious treats made by our kitchen, music from amazing volunteers and a visit from Santa Claus at each party. Thankfully, Mrs. Claus and the elves were able to look after last minute preparations at the North Pole so that Santa Claus could make some early visits to our Home, allowing each of our residents to receive a gift from him and their picture taken as a keepsake.

 

The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 15 hosted a Veterans Christmas party in our living room on the afternoon of the 7th. Thank you, Legion members for doing this for our local Veterans.

 

On the evening of the 7th, residents had the opportunity to see some incredible square dancing as we had a visit from our local young square dancers. They performed in our main dining room. On the afternoon of the 9th, Isabelle Gosselin and her students gave beautiful musical performances at a violin and piano recital in our main living room.

 

On the afternoon of the 11th, a sing-along led by Debbie Knowles, Bob Dunn and Donna Ham took place in the main living room. On the evening of the 12th, residents enjoyed hot chocolate and treats as the winter weather forced the cancellation of the Christmas light tour around town. On the 14th, residents had the opportunity to hear some beautiful piano and violin music from Robert and Kathleen. On the morning of the 15th, the local Mother Goose children and parents joined residents in the living room for a morning of rhymes, stories, songs and a visit from Santa Claus. The Wales Home choir of residents held a few practices and then gave a performance for other residents on the afternoon of the 15th in the main living room Thank you to Donna Noel for playing the piano for our choir. On the afternoon of the 16th, Dr. Frazer’s family joined residents in the main living room for an afternoon of music which was accompanied by a beautiful display of chalk art.

 

Zootherapy was held in the nursing care units on the morning of the 18th. On the afternoon of the 18th, a special Christmas bingo took place in the main living room.

 

Happy birthday to everyone who celebrated in December. The December party will be held in January as there were so many holiday festivities. Christmas caroling on the nursing care units took place on the evening of the 19th, following by an advent service led by Ann and Ellis Clark in the main living room. Students from Richmond Regional High School gave a beautiful concert performance on the morning of the 20th in the main living room. On the evening of the 20th, the Roxton Singers Christmas carolled throughout the home. Laurent, Frances and Anne gave a lovely musical performance in the living room and on the nursing care units on the afternoon of the 21st. On the afternoon of the 22nd, our therapist Edith Bourassa’s father Mario gave a wonderful saxophone concert in the living room at our Christmas Happy Hour.

 

A toe tapping good time took place in the main dining room on the afternoon of the 28th, when Donna and Sidney Mills and friends got together to entertain residents for a New Year’s Dance. On the afternoon of the 29th, an animated version of The Christmas Carol was shown on the large screens in the main living room.

 

Best wishes are extended to Lilianne Pinard who returned home this month after spending a bit of time with us. Our condolences are extended to the family and friends of Wilfred Lancaster.

 

If you are looking for more information after you’ve read the details above, you can visit our website at www.waleshome.ca and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ResidenceCHSLDWales  for photos, news updates and a copy of the monthly activity calendar and chatter. You can also give us a call at 819-826-3266 for information on admissions, etc., or if you’d like to become a volunteer. We are currently in need of volunteers to do one-on-one visiting (or reading etc). with residents.

 

If you are looking for ideas for an interesting book to read, copies of “Memories Everlasting,” are still available for sale at the Wales Home, Papeterie 2000 in Richmond and The Townshipper’s Association.  They are $20 and can be purchased by contacting Rebecca Taylor by phone at 819-826-3266 ext.221 or by e-mail at rtaylor@waleshome.ca or making a purchase at one of the locations listed above. Mailing from the Wales Home is available for an additional cost. We are currently working on the sequel which will be titled “Timeless Memories.”

 

By the time you read this, the new year will have started. We would like to wish you all one that is filled with peace and happiness. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out this month and who continue to help out all through the year. We are fortunate to have you working with us to give our residents a full and varied activity calendar. Until next month, take care and thank you again for your dedication to our Home.