Home is Where the Heart is! Around the World 2023 aims to entirely refresh and modernize our outdated 2000 Misericordia Place personal care home, where our incredible residents and MHC staff live, work and adventure in!
"Pieces" of Australia, Finland, Russia - and more! - recently made a visit to Misericordia Place in the latest Around the World activity planned by the Recreation Therapy team for the residents.
Susan Lemoine has really fond memories of visiting gem shows so was keen for recreation’s “rock talk” activity.
“Are there any diamond mines in Manitoba?” was one of her first questions for visiting geologist Alfredo Camacho, Head of Earth Sciences at the University of Manitoba.
Sadly, the answer was no to diamond mines in Manitoba but there are diamond mines in Canada – as close as Saskatchewan, recreation therapist Faith Jasper’s home!
Alfredo shared a slab of volcanic rock from a Russian volcano, then continued his world tour of rocks from almost every continent. Highlights included a rock polished by a glacier from Nunavut that was 800 million years old, a layered red rock created from tectonic plates colliding in Australia, a ridiculously heavy black rock laced with the gem garnet from Finland and a speckled pink rock from China.
Social engagement activities like the "rock talk" often take place in the common spaces in front of nursing stations on all levels of MP - making them a critical space for the mental and physical wellbeing of residents.
“These common spaces haven’t been refreshed since 2000,” recreation therapist Faith laments. “It would be awesome to have them freshened up. I’d love to have some more comfortable seating and display cases to be able to rotate seasonal items of interest as well as our residents’ beautiful art work.”
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