The leaves have fallen, the mornings are frosty and our construction crew is starting to wear extra outer clothing and gloves. Daily, our lives here at Riverview Home are filled with the sounds of progress. We hear the constant beeping of machinery coming and going, the sounds of motors, hammers, drills, saws and the camaraderie between members of the construction crew. They are so patient with us as we come and go between sites and try to stay out of their way. Most people do not realize that the center core, which is under construction, has cut the North off from the South wings. We have a fenced in path at the back of the building to be able to get from site to site. The nurses especially notice the challenges of the extra mileage they’re walking each day despite the weather. Snow will bring a few more challenges.
In preparation for the recent provincial election we gathered all the information that we could about the candidates who were running for office. We provided this to the residents so that they would have informed questions for the politicians who visited our facility. Francois Rochon, Clarrie Mackinnon and Tim Huston came to speak to the residents. The residents enjoyed the visits and participating in the election.
The residents had their last barbecue this week. They will miss the weekly treat of hot dogs and hamburgers. We are still walking the Sampson Trail, which is beautiful at this time of year. Special Olympics have started up again for the winter months and many here on site and at the Group Homes participate. The ladies from Parkview Group Home have started swimming at the Wellness Center. The residents at Thomas Lane Group Home have started skating once again. Tuesday evenings many of the residents attend choir at Summer Street Industries and really enjoy the old songs. Several have been attending for years and always look forward to performing at celebrations and special occasions at Summer Street. On Sunday, 12-15 residents go bowling and they have an ongoing contest against the staff. Zumba exercises at the Wellness Center have resumed and we have a full van load of residents who attend weekly. Chair exercises for the residents are held weekly, on Thursdays, at Sheppard’s Lane and Skyview. The monthly Summer Street dances have started and many of our residents attend. Chair Yoga at Evergreen Ridge takes place on Wednesday afternoon. Most enjoyed by all, including residents and staff, is our weekly trip to the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex which is sponsored by our Riverview Volunteer Board. CHAD Transit plays a big part in our community access, work at Summer Street Industries, monthly dances, movies and community appointments for doctors, dentists, opthamologists , hairdressers and barbers by providing excellent, caring , dependable and efficient transportation for our residents
Dietary Staff outdid themselves on Thanksgiving Day by providing residents, and some family members, with a hot turkey dinner and all the trimmings. Pumpkin pie and whipped cream was served for dessert.
Evergreen Ridge hosted our church service this past Sunday. We appreciate the Pictou County Council of Churches for providing regular church services for our residents. This past week the Sharon St. John United Church, Stellarton, provided a lovely service.
We enjoy being able to share the exciting changes happening here at Riverview Home on a regular basis, via these regular articles published in The News.
Our vision at Riverview Home Corporation continues to be “A full and meaningful life for people with diverse abilities.”
Submitted by Cathy Kelley, Support Planning Supervisor, Riverview Home Corporation