January 2018’s Wales Home News

by: Rebecca Taylor

A New Year at the Wales Home and tons of activities are on the horizon for 2018. Here are just some of the highlights from January.


An amazing piano and vocal concert with Lou Simons took place in the living room on the afternoon of the 4th. Friday teas resumed on the 5th after a hiatus for the many festivities which were held in December. Local author, Nick Fonda, gave a presentation in the main living room on the afternoon of the 11th.


On the evening of the 15th, residents had the opportunity to watch two episodes of Father Knows Best on the large screens in the main living room. The December and January combined birthday tea was held in the main living room on the afternoon of the 17th. Hosts were the Richmond/Melbourne Young Women. Happy birthday to everyone who celebrated. On the afternoon of the 18th, Pierre Gervais gave a presentation in the main living room on medications and aging. On the afternoon of the 20th, episodes of The Red Skeleton Show were enjoyed in the main living room. On the morning of the 25th, residents of the CHSLD had the opportunity to interact with a miniature horse, rabbits, guinea pigs, a cat, three dogs and two chickens during zootherapy with Toutous Poilus. If you have access to Facebook, we recently shared a few videos from their page to our Wales one, if you would like to see some of the animals that melt our hearts on a regular basis. The movie Flicka was shown in the main living room on the afternoon of the 25th. The Roxton Singers came on the evening of the 29th.


Welcome to Rose Oakley and Arthur Smeltzer who are spending some time with us. Also welcome to Dini Reijerink, Marilyn Burnham and Evan Coote. Our sympathies are extended to the friends and family of Jean Luxton, Edith Farant and Alison Watson, William “Bill” Fraser.


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.”


This month we had the opportunity to welcome three students into the activity department. They are doing stages with us and in doing so are enriching the lives of our seniors. We are also grateful to have so many volunteers amongst us to help us bring joy to our residents on a daily basis. Thank you to our community near and far for your continued support of our work. Until next month, take care.