Doreen Wright – A Residents Day




 Please join me for a day at Mont St Joseph Home…
~ Breakfast is at 8:30 a.m. where all 20 resident’s meet in the dining room to say “good morning”.  This is how we begin our day in neighbourhood two—Spruce Meadows. My daughter, Diane, arrives ready to do 20 minutes of exercises and then I use my walker to walk down the hallway. Coffee time now so we head to the “Gathering Place”  to meet with friends for half an hour. We have a visit from “Blooms and Buds”  the day care that is located inside of  Mont St Joseph Home. The children are anywhere from ages 9 months old to six years old. They are the highlight of my entire day. We discuss what I’m doing or I show them a toy. The children are taught to call us Grandpa and Grandma and it is a warm feeling to hear “ Grandma Doreen what are you doing?” or “Grandma Doreen here is your paper”.  None of these children will be scared of wheelchair people, or other disabilities. I appreciate and enjoy how everyone has time to say “Hello” and “How are you?” whenever we meet—to me it is a very friendly feeling and I feel very comfortable here. It’s 11:45 a.m. and time for dinner, after eating I like to spend an hour knitting, stitching plastic canvas or reading a book. At 2:30 p.m. it is time to go and listen to some “Old time Music” or a Sing-along. Our small canteen is open to buy small gifts, jewellery or something for a sweet treat.  It’s 4:45 p.m. time to eat supper and discuss what to do for the evening. Depending on the day we have Knights of Columbus bingo, puppy classes or a movie on the Big Screen T.V., This day is now over and it has kept us busy. Now it’s time to knit, stitch plastic canvas or read a book till bedtime. I am very happy and thankful to be here, knowing someone is close by to help me when I need assistance.
Thank you for spending a day with me….
Doreen Wright #6 Spruce Meadows, Neighbourhood #2