Heidi Faul of Images Photography in New Hamburg prepares to take a portrait of Mary & Earl Litwiller both residents of long term care at Nithview Home. This was the first of a series that included four generations of the Litwiller’s family.
On Oct. 15 and 16, residents of Nithview and their families were invited to participate in a Family Council awareness event under the “snappy” title “SAY CHEESE.”
Free portraits were taken by local photographer Heidi Faul in an effort to raise awareness in the community about Nithview’s Family Council.
At least 100 folks, both residents and family members, participated eagerly and now await the photo results the week of Oct. 28.
Weekends seem to be the busiest time for family visits at Nithview. The Nithview Family Council was able to pass out approximately 50 brochures about the Family Council Group.
The Family Council meets the third Monday of April, May, June, September, October and November, so snowy winter evenings or summer vacations do not get in the way of one’s participation.
Family Council is a great way for family members of residents to become better acquainted with each other. It provides a forum where everyone can learn from each other as well as guest speakers on how to help loved ones and their families to better adjust to life in long-term care.
The Family Council has sponsored community awareness events at Nithview on health issues such as Alzheimers, Parkinson’s Disease, Heart and Stroke and Osteoporosis. The council will continue to sponsor several of these events each year. These events are open to the public.
The Nithview Family Council has recently provided a fish aquarium for first floor, and also maintains a bird feeder program on the patio. The council has also been dropping in on long weekend Monday’s to make ice cream treats for residents in long-term care and their care-giving staff.
To learn more about the Nithview Family Council contact Linda Kress at 519-634-8517 or linda (at) cwisp.ca.
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