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carveth helen henderson seniors healthcare centresThe latest news features for Gibson Family Health Care or Carveth and Helen Henderson Care Centres.

26
Sep
16
Love is the flower, shop owner lets grow
Cliff Byrnes knows the Amen of nature is always a flower. Sitting in a beautiful garden behind his house in Gananoque, the 65-year-old reflects on his recent retirement. The scene is perfect for a man saying goodbye to a line of work that is nature’s crème de la crème; delicate flowers in world of rugged beauty. Surrounded by the smell of early fall and a gurgling fish pond bathed in sunlight, Cliff looks happy and relaxed as he talks about closing his flower business of 25 years. “I’m 65, that’s…
19
Sep
16
Winds of enthusiasm sweep through home
Brad Torrens and Steve Coombs know a hobby-a-day keeps the doldrums away. Retired Air Force Majors and friends for the past 20 years, the men ride the winds of enthusiasm when they sweep across two countries to perform jukebox music to seniors. “It’s a hobby,” Brad says with a smile after performing at Helen Henderson Care Centre on an early September afternoon. “We play at nursing homes and retirement homes all around town. It’s very entertaining.” “You’re pretty good for a couple of Air Force Veterans,” Bill Campsall of Helen…
12
Sep
16
Dreams come true at Terry Fox Run
Brian Patterson had a dream to walk in the Terry Fox Run last Sunday. Confined to a wheelchair most of his life, his thoughts leading up to the run were of a hero who inspired the world by attempting to run across Canada with a partially-amputated leg before cancer took his life at the tender age of 22. Looking relaxed on a warm September afternoon two weeks prior to the run, Brian says softly, “I think Terry Fox is a good role model.” Born with cerebral palsy and legally blind,…
17
Aug
16
The energy of the mind is the essence of life
Marcia Nichols radiates energy. “I’m always moving,” the Kingston woman admits with a smile from her workplace on a warm summer day in August. Thin with wavy hair, Marcia is unaware of her ability to attract and expel energy at a rapid rate. She laughs at her habit to talk a lot and compulsion to move.
29
Jul
16
A well of love that never goes dry
Rosemary Hayden was only 17 when she said she’d love and cherish Lyle Burgess for the rest of her life. He was 19 and handsome, the strong silent type who captivates a girl without even trying. Rose was smitten. Wearing the look of young love in a dress of lace, she made her vow at the altar of Grace United Church in Gananoque and embarked on a new life.
19
Jul
16
Home meets campaign goal to help seniors
A home for seniors has hit the bullseye of a campaign target. Helen Henderson Care Centre in Amherstview has met, and exceeded, its fundraising goal of $50,000 to purchase new medical equipment. The equipment will benefit adults who require assisted living. Ecstatic with the results, organizers say the campaign was able to reach its goal with significant help from the William J. Henderson Foundation.
13
Jul
16
Embracing the healing power of a hug
Cathy Lloyd knows there is more power in a good strong hug than a thousand meaningful words. “A hug is the greatest thing you can give them,” she says affectionately about the hundreds of people she has assisted as a Residential Aide. Petite with intelligent eyes, the 65-year-old smiles fondly as she looks back on her almost 30 years of service at Helen Henderson Care Centre; a retirement lodge and nursing home in Amherstview.
27
Jun
16
Sisters spend twilight years together
Family is not an important thing. It's everything. This fact is not lost on three sisters who are spending their twilight years together. Known for their similar names, Doris, Lois and Mavis, are the last surviving siblings of a family of five girls. The girls are predeceased by Phyllis and Iris. Speaking around her oxygen tube, Doris smiles when asked about her early years with her sisters. “We fought a lot,” she says frankly about her relationship with some of her sisters. The eldest, Doris, 95, moved to Carveth Retirement…
21
Jun
16
Spreading happiness through sunny smiles
Gloria Todd is a breath of fresh air. Sitting outside on a warm summer day, she closes her eyes and inhales the smell of sunshine and flowers. She smiles from the pleasure of the moment. “I love the fresh air,” the 60-year-old says with a sigh. It is near the end of her shift as a Residential Aide at Helen Henderson Retirement Lodge and Gloria appears distracted; likely from the knowledge there is a small amount of work left to complete before she feels ready to leave for the day.
16
Jun
16
Meet our Resident of the Year
Carol Neiman finds pleasure in the simple things. Sitting quietly in her wheelchair on a late spring morning, her eyes rest on a nearby television broadcasting a soap opera. She smiles at the hysterics and drama of the actors. “I like it here,” she says from a lounge at Carveth Care Centre, a long-term care home where she has lived for the past five years. “I’m an old coot, but I like to help everybody - when and if I can.”