In the 14 days since we launched the Pen Pal Program, our residents have received more than 40 letters, and our staff have taken great joy in spending time with them, reading the stories and words of kindness together.
Letters have come from not only our local community, but as far away as Quebec and Nova Scotia! We’ve even received letters from friends as young as six.
We are inspired by and grateful to everyone who has reached out through the written word, and we hope you will be patient as we work to respond to this tremendous outpouring of love.
We are also very excited to share with our families that we have relaunched our lunch club, and residents have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to enjoy a meal in a safe, physically distanced setting with their friends within the home.
Our first meal, held on July 10th, was catered by Champ Burger, and last Friday’s meal was supplied by Guest Wok in Orangeville.
We are planning to host our next luncheon the week of August 10th, and we look forward to another wonderful afternoon with good food, good friends and good conversation.
We are calling on everyone within our community to help us launch a new pen pal program to help residents connect with the wider community and share their stories and experiences with others.
To help you write your letter, we have provided residents’ names and interests below:
- Barbara enjoys movies and colouring
- Donald enjoys working outside, hockey and baseball
- Isobel enjoys Bingo and baseball
- Marg enjoys reading mystery novels, dogs and cats
- Mona enjoys music, crafts, and sweet treats
- Norma enjoys country music and walking outside
- Rita enjoys her family, faith and the outdoors
- Ruth enjoys rug hooking, gardening and cheering on the Toronto Blue Jays
- Sylvia enjoys her faith, reading magazines and spending time on the iPad
Anyone interested in sending a letter can address it to:
Shelburne Long-Term Care
200 Robert St.
Shelburne, ON, L9V 2X3
Attn: Pen Pal (Resident Name)
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Sarah Ricci at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want to thank everyone for their participation, and we are confident that this activity will be a great way for our seniors to rekindle and share their interests with others.
With the weather continuing to be warm and sunny, many of our residents are enjoying the outdoors, especially with our new wheelchair swing now installed. Residents have immensely enjoyed it, and we’ve been delighted to see the joy and smiles on their faces as a result of this relaxing activity.
We’ve also made some changes to our courtyard to freshen things up, including new mulch and flowers. An ongoing project, we are confident that residents and families will enjoy the refreshed space as they continue to enjoy their visits and time together.
Lastly, we are pleased to share with you that we have a new Behavioural Support Lead, who will provide mental health support within the home.
We’d also like to ask everyone to join us in welcoming Jonathan DeWitte back to our team in his role as a nurse practitioner. Many of our families and residents will remember Jonathan from his previous time with our home.
We look forward to continuing to support our families and residents.