Meadow Park Chatham

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Local Beaver Scouts Lend A Hand

An Opportunity To Link Generations

Meadow Park - Chatham, Long Term Care

Meadow Park resident, Frances is assisted by White Tail Beaver Scout, Nathan, during a recent bingo program allowing youth to learn more about long-term care.

Local Beaver Colony #19 has been lending a hand at Meadow Park Chatham recently. Three small groups of very enthusiastic Beaver Scouts have been working very hard on their Community and Friendship Beaver Badges by assisting the residents of Meadow Park Chatham with some daily programs. The home's RFSC, Lydia Swant along with Beaver Colony Scout Leader, Andrea Winter (better known as "Hawkeye"), have been working together to provide local Beaver Scouts with an opportunity to learn more about long-term care.

Swant's son, Christopher, is a White Tail Beaver in the local #19 colony and was approached by Scout Leader Hawkeye to see if there would be an opportunity for some of the kids to come into the long-term care home to meet the residents and help out with a program.

The Beavers, ages 7-8, began working on their plan at their weekly meeting and set goals together to work towards their Community or Friendship Beaver Badge. Some of the goals included: Talking with a senior and learning more about them, helping with a bingo program by assiting a resident and calling bingo numbers and even learning how to assist a resident by portering them to a lounge. Beaver Scout Leader, Hawkeye had this to say,

"We are very thankful that homes such as Meadow Park are interested in having our Beaver Colony members join them for activities. Many of our youth have never been in a nursing home or retirement facility before and giving them a chance to do some community service activities while interacting with people from a different generation is so rewarding for all."

Meadow Park appreciates the opportunity to link up with an oustanding Scouting Program in our Chatham-Kent community. The interest taken in our home truly makes a difference to the persons we serve here at Meadow Park Chatham. This has been an opportunity to provide meaningful linkages to a younger generation. The experience was not only meaningful to our residents but provided our youth with a chance to learn from the wisdom and history our residents have to offer.

Two more groups of Beaver Scouts are set to come in during the month of December. The groups will assist with table shuffleboard and another bingo. We are sure they will have many questions for the residents. Who knows! Maybe this experience will spark a future career in health care!

Beaver Scout, Christopher takes his turn at the microphone to call a bingo number with assistance from Activity Aide, Amelia.

Beavers Lending a Hand in LTC
Beavers Lending a Hand in LTC


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