Last Friday, July 24 was more than just a sunny start to a great Ottawa weekend. For a few members of the BJHA team, it was also an opportunity to be part of a great annual event at St. Pat’s Home in Ottawa.
For the second year in a row, BJHA staff participated in the St. Pat’s Home Residents’ barbeque lunch. Our team – which included Wendy Brawley, Jennifer Guidry, Melanie Lamontagne, Jeff Chaput, and Tracey Stirling – worked with Rob from St. Pat’s Recreation and the Staff of the Kerry House to help bring the BBQ to life. We assisted in transporting residents to and from the garden, operating the barbeque, preparing plates, and delivering meals to the residents assembled in the garden area.
Once the St. Pat’s residents had been served lunch, our team was able to sit and enjoy a sunny afternoon with them. Events like this one allow the BJHA team to spend quality time with our clients. It gives us the opportunity to get to know them and to get a better glimpse of the needs, uses, and opportunities – in this case – for the residents of a long-term care facility. Understanding the residents’ needs and seeing them in action, at home, allows us to enhance our expertise when we design long-term care homes with the residents in mind. These spaces provide residents with as much independence as possible while also supporting staff with facilities that allow them to perform their tasks efficiently, all in a home-like setting.
The BJHA St. Pat’s Sizzle Team is already looking forward to next year’s festivities, and to catching up with the residents and staff.