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Gananoque woman proves dreams come true for people in LTC
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Gananoque woman proves dreams come true for people in LTC

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Going back to a place she loves has always been a dream for Judy Moore.

Confined to a wheelchair after losing her lower left leg, Judy dreams about the life she had before entering long-term care (LTC) last year.

At 72 years old, Judy’s mind is sharp and alert. It’s physical limitations that hold her back.

“My health is okay, other than I can’t walk,” she says softly. “But I’m getting stronger in my hands and arms.”

For a large part of her adult life, Judy volunteered at the Vacation Bible School at Bethel Tabernacle Church in Elgin, a small community near Lyndhurst where she raised a family of four and worked for 43 years.

Looking back on those days brings Judy a keen sense of longing because she found belonging and friendship in her community and church. Decades later, religion continues to play an important role in her life.

“When the home told me (I was going back to Vacation Bible School this year), I cried,” Judy says with tears of happiness. “It was very nice, very surprising. I just couldn’t believe the home did that. It was very thoughtful of them. They are very special people in the Activation Department.”


 

Accompanied by Carveth Care Centre staff, Judy was greeted by her pastor at Vacation Bible School on Aug. 23. She spent her time there greeting old friends and watching the children practice bible verses.

“I enjoyed it very much,” she says happily.

This dream-come-true for Judy is just another magical moment by the accredited home that put a wishing well in the front lobby for residents to share their bucket list ideas.

So far, the home has taken residents on rides in classic cars, boat cruises, bicycles, a picnic on the Rideau Canal and several farm tours.

Speaking on behalf of the nursing home, Activation Director Shannon Buell notes, “It’s a pleasure to make a wish a reality for residents. Judy even went to the church with a box of food bank items donated by the Carveth kitchen. She clearly enjoyed her time at a place she loves which was amazing. We hope to make even more dreams-come-true for the people in our care.”

Carveth Care Centre is grateful for the innovation and kindness of its activation staff. To learn more about living or working in our home, please call 613-382-4752.

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