We cannot have too many volunteers! There are a number of roles I can explore with you if you are interested, such as an early evening volunteer on Norton 1. Please contact Carol Ann.
Volunteers are now permitted to return to the Wales, and what a welcome sight they have been for residents! Thank you to our volunteers.
If you have DVDs that you would like to share with or donate to the Wales, please contact the Activity Department. We would also appreciate musicals. Thank you for the many doantions received.
We are searching for puzzles with 750 pieces or less as the larger ones are too difficult for many of our residents. Thank you for those who donated.
LOW VISION/MOBILITY DIFFICULTIES:
If any residents have low vision or mobility difficulties for attending activities or reading the calendars or menus, please let us know. We may be able to adapt to help you! We recently purchased two talking readers for residents with low vision. These are little audio book players that Kim Bailey and Carol Ann will share with residents.
CHSLD USERS' COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE:
Judy Laberee is the CHSLD Users' Committee representative. If you wish to speak with her, please call her at 819-826-3486 or email her at email@example.com.
ASSISTANCE FOR RESIDENTS IN DISTRESS:
If you find a resident in distress due to a fall or other emergency, please push your or their tag button. We do not want you to harm the resident or yourself by trying to assist them; please wait for personnel to arrive.
PASTORAL CARE PROVIDER:
Reverand Wayne Beamer is at the Wales Home once per week. Reverand Wayne's presence is part of the Richmond United Church's Ministry for one year. If you need Reverand Wayne's ministry, please contact him at 819-578-0556.
Wales Home news can be viewed on channel eighty on your television. I put a number of different things there on TV Tours. If you have a request, please let me know and I will investigate the possibility; I received numerous inquiries that turned out to be feasible.
With residents self-isolating on their units, books might not be as accessible. If you would like something new to read, please let the Activity Department know and we will do what we can to help you out.
The Hug Experiment is completed for March and was somewhat still ongoing in April. Some units request this practice while others prefer to do without. If you make a reqwuest, we will definitely open our arms wide and hug ourselves. One day, hopefully soon, we will be able to hug each other! :)
We did not receive any Easter memories from residents or family members.
Karine Brochu and the Richmond 4H made and distributed beautiful Easter cards to residents. Thank you to these kind community members!
EASTER EGG HUNT CHOCOLATES:
Manning and Shaw residents participated in an Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, April 1st. Thank you to the St. Augustine's Ladies' Guild in Danville for the chocolate donations.
CHOISIR DE BOUGER:
The Wales was chosen by the Fédération québécoise du loisir en institution as one of ten affiliated facilities in the province to be part of a pilot project called "Choisir de Bouger," which mean "Choose to Move." This project's goal is to promote healthy and active daily living and to encourage and offer adaptations to reisdents' daily lives to facilitate an overall increase of wellbeing, but primarily physical. This project is geared toward individuals who do less than two and a half hours of physical activity per week.
I will be meeting with certain residents and I am hoping that through these interactions, these individuals will be better equipped to offer themselves increased physical movement for a healthier lifestyle.
This project will last three months with a surprise at the end for those who participate. This project was originally developed and implemented in British Columbia with many positive outcomes. We hope for the same at the Wales!
BINGO PRIZE DONATIONS:
Periodically, we receive donations for bingo prizes. Thank you for gifting! We increased physically-distanced bingo games during the pandemic and these prizes are very appreciated.
If you wish to play pool in the Billiard Room, please notify us. Carol Ann and Zach are permitted to play with one resident at a time while ensuring safety measures are respected.
We are slowly seeing the weather improve and thus have more desire to go outside. If you would like to do so and require assistance, please let us know. We will do our best to get you outside!
a MAY THOUGHT:
"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." - Jimmy Dean