Most people would agree that many activities in life require two hands. However, if you asked Chartwell Heritage Glen resident Lionel, he’d beg to differ. Living with only one arm for more than 60 years, Lionel firmly believes “It doesn’t matter how hard it is, there’s always a way that you can do it!”
For some, heritage can play an integral part in reaching one’s goals throughout life. Recently, Chartwell Eau Claire Care Community did something truly special for a resident with a strong connection to her Aboriginal heritage through Chartwell’s Moments that Matter program.
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.
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.
Some of Marion’s fondest memories involve dancing, and at 94 years old, the Chartwell Pickering City Centre resident hasn’t lost her love for it. When Marion entered her name into her residence’s Moments that Matter box—a program which encourages residents to express a special moment they’ve been dreaming about and let staff help to make it a reality—her one request was to dance with a man again. Staff took note and began to formulate a plan to fulfill Marion’s wish at their upcoming Annual Seniors Prom event.
« I don’t walk her, she’s the one walking her grandfather! That’s right, she’s my granddaughter. My daughter’s dog, my wife and I look after her three times a week. I love it because during my life, I’ve brought up dogs like that. Schnauzers and Huskies. It reminds me of those years. »
“One Friday night in Montreal, I wanted to go to the cinema. But my friend wanted me to go to a dance at the YMCA. I told him I’d go with him and I’d ask only one woman to dance with me.”
At Chartwell Trilogy Long Term Care Residence in East Toronto, nothing is more important to staff than the happiness and health of their residents. With this in mind, the team headed into 2017 with a renewed sense of purpose and dedication, and decided to assemble a committee of staff who would help residents’ wishes come true through our Moments That Matter program.
“I’m writing my memories. I feel good while writing them, and I feel even better reading them. I don’t know what I’m going to do with them yet! Maybe I’ll leave them as an heirloom to my children. I started with a timeline of the important dates and moments of my life.”