Sébastien Chartier, General Manager of Chartwell L’Unique had an idea last year. “Initially, I wanted to organize a beach party for our residents to enjoy the sun and relax for an afternoon,” he says. Fast forward two years later, and the initial 2016 Beach Party where 200 or so residents from Chartwell homes in the Laurentians first gathered and its surroundings has now become Chartwell’s largest seniors’ gathering in all of Quebec.
It’s never too late to learn. That was the theme of the day at Chartwell Westmount Long Term Care Residence in Kitchener, Ontario, where a group of a dozen “students” donned their caps and gowns at a well-attended commencement ceremony celebrating their successful completion of courses at Chartwell’s Westmount Academy. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room as fellow onlookers, including family members, friends, residents and staff, cheered on the grads as they proudly obtained their coveted certificates of education.
Comfort food is delicious, uplifting and a positive and nostalgic experience for most of us. Blanche—a resident at Chartwell Gibson Long Term Care in North York, Ontario—couldn’t agree more. For her, there’s nothing like a home cooked meal, which is why she wanted nothing more than to enjoy a delicious lunch consisting of food from her homeland.
93-year-old Charles, a resident of Chartwell Belcourt Retirement Residence in Orleans, Ontario, got to talking to Lifestyle & Program Manager Wendy Lapierre one afternoon about his old friend, Don, who he hadn’t seen in over 35 years. The two pals met back in 1954 while working as customs officers. Don trained Charles on his first day on the job, and from that moment on, a special kinship was formed. As Charles thumbed through an old photo album, he reminisced on how he and Don would hunt together, laugh together and support each other in times of need. For a good while, they were inseparable.
Misconceptions about what a retirement residence really is and what life looks like living in one still exist. Some people may assume retirement communities are just for seniors who require care support, while others may assume that choosing to live in one may result in a loss of independence and freedom.
The 11 piercings that decorate Chartwell Imperial Place Sales Consultant Shelley Torma’s right ear represent more than simple aesthetic; rather, each earring is symbolic of a moment in time that has touched her in some way over the years.
Chartwell Imperial Place resident Erskine, 94, often looks to the snow-clad mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore with a wistful eye. Skiing was more than just a hobby for him—it was his life’s passion. In fact, just one glance at those majestic peaks conjures a swell of memories from his glory days on the slopes.
Chartwell Belcourt’s Robert Goddard knows a thing or two about summertime cuisine, and residents always make sure to leave room for his delicious Pineapple Upside-down Cake.
“We decided to host a butterfly release ceremony for the St. Therese Lisieux kindergarten class,” explains Ann Swaby, Lifestyle & Program Manager at Chartwell Deerview Crossing. “At the thought of having so many generations under one roof celebrating the beauty of life, we knew it was the perfect way to gear up for Canada 150.”
Friendships between residents and staff blossom every day at Chartwell, but every once in a while a truly unique story emerges. Take for example Joan and Doris, who—after 60 years of being estranged from one another—reunited at Chartwell Queen’s Square Retirement Residence in Cambridge, Ontario.