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Renovations & Updates to Our Home
We have been hard at work, gradually improving the appearance of Helping Hands’ common areas for the past several months. You may have noticed some or all of the following:
- New paint colours
- New furnishings in the front living room, and new life for the furnishings in the rear living room
- Sound system upgrade in front living room
- Window treatment updates
- The addition of a beautiful 33 gallon aquarium
- New life for some artwork on the walls, and a few new pieces for other walls
We have many people to thank for our new look!
First and foremost, Ingrid Ruud, from Decor-8 Ing, for sharing with us her vision of a lovely, calming, comfortable space for our residents to enjoy.
Thanks also to our maintenance man, Calvin! He always does a wonderful job with painting, moving around furniture, and fixing anything that needs repaired
Helping Hands has some new residents…they’re small and they live underwater! A big thanks goes out to Paul Mansfield and James Scharnatta from the Regina Aquarium Society for all their guidance and their time spent educating us about aquariums, and helping us to set up our new tank. These fellows volunteered hours of their time to help us get our tank up and running. The Aquarium Society members also generously offered to supply us with real plants for our tank, and several fishes. The efforts of these fantastic people have paid off tenfold by giving our residents a relaxing, interesting focus for their attentions. What a beautiful result!
Coffee Break for Alzheimer’s Disease
For our 4th year, Helping Hands again took part in the Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan’s Coffee Break to raise funds for this very worthy organization. We were able to raise a total of $650 to date and would like to thank all those who contributed. Some special friends and some long-time friends of Helping Hands came for a coffee and to make a donation; this was a nice treat for everyone. This year we tried something new, courtesy of Bonny’s computer skills, and we set up an online website to inform everyone about the event and it even allowed visitors to the site to contribute online! We hope to raise even more funds next year for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Heather, Bonny, Nolan (1 of our 2 full time day caregivers), and Laurel (Bridging Program Coordinator) attended the Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan’s annual conference called Kaleidoscope of Care. The conference took place over 2 days, Sept ember 30 and October 1st, and was a wonderful opportunity to learn new things and re-focus our efforts on providing the best care possible for our residents and Bridging Program clients. Of particular interest was Bob & Claudia Grant’s personal story about Bob’s struggle with Vascular Dementia, and Dr. H’s presentation about pain management for people with dementia.