The Men’s Shed leads community initiative – Adopt a Memory Box – to help Grove residents share cherished memories

The Men’s Shed leads community initiative – Adopt a Memory Box – to help Grove residents share cherished memories

March 2, 2021 – The guys at The Arnprior & McNab-Braeside Men’s Shed have volunteered their time and labour to build a memory box for each of the residents moving into the new Grove in August 2021. Additionally, they are championing a community fundraising initiative—Adopt a Memory Box— to support this important project.

“At The Men’s Shed, we are guided by our goal of giving back more to the community than we receive – the Adopt a Memory Box initiative is a perfect example of how we live up to that promise,” said Darrel O’Shaughnessy, a founding member of The Arnprior & McNab-Braeside Men’s Shed. “We are committed to partnering with our community to work together to deliver 96 memory boxes in time for the opening of The Grove.”

The memory boxes will be installed outside of each resident’s room to allow individuals to display and share their life story: cherished memories, the people who are dearest to them and the many adventures they have had through the decades. This focus on long-term memories is also a way to help engage residents with dementia in meaningful conversation that promotes mental and emotional stimulation.

“The memory boxes will be one way our Grove team can help the residents transition to the new building and make it their home,” said Rujuta Kulkarni, Project Manager, The Grove Redevelopment Project. “As our Grove community continues its person-centred journey, reminiscence therapy using the memory boxes will help staff get to know and interact with each resident on a more personal and meaningful level that will help improve overall quality of care.”

Jean Guy Asselin works on a memory box at The Men’s Shed.

The Men’s Shed is targeting the completion of the 96 boxes by June 2021, in time for the residents’ move-in day. The guys have been dedicated to designing, handcrafting and collaborating with local businesses to build each memory box and help offset the costs. They have partnered with Rona who is generously donating the oak lumber, Gilks Sports & Promo who is supplying the plaques and making a donation towards the project, Arnprior Glass – Johns Glass who is supplying the tempered glass for the shelves, and McDonald Brothers Construction who will be making a contribution towards the cost of installation.

The Grove memory boxes are a beautiful way to help residents feel more at home in their new environment,” said Lori Van Wyk, Rona Arnprior. “Thus, I fully support the project undertaken by the Men Shed and thank all the volunteers for their many hours they put forward to benefit our community.”

To help The Men’s Shed achieve their goal of delivering the memory boxes, community members are invited to Adopt a Memory Box through a $175 donation that will help cover the cost of supplies and installation. Local businesses are also welcomed to support the initiative through a $500 sponsorship.

“The memory box initiative is a wonderful way to provide our generous community members with the opportunity to join in the success of the community phase of the Come Home to Great Care Campaign,” said Ben Gardiner, Executive Director, Arnprior Regional Health Foundation. “This is not only a value to seniors locally, but it brings us together and creates a legacy by recognizing those who “adopt” on our donor wall, for life.”

Each donor will be recognized on a beautiful and theme-specific donor wall located in The Grove for their generous support.

To learn more about the Adopt a Memory Box initiative, contact the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation at 613-623-3166 e. 362 or by email at [email protected]

About Arnprior Regional Health

Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) is a progressive 140-bed organization that includes a fully accredited community hospital, nursing home, primary health care centre and extensive community programs. ARH is a regional hub with a strong history of providing exemplary care to the residents of West Ottawa, McNab/Braeside, Arnprior and Mississippi Mills. As your partner in health, ARH is committed to listening to and responding to meet the needs of those we serve, because together, we create a healthy community.

About the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation

The Arnprior Regional Health Foundation (ARHF) was founded in 2005 with a commitment to raise funds annually in support of the Arnprior Regional Health’s Hospital and Grove Nursing Home’s equipment needs, staff education and facility upgrades.  ARHF is currently focused on completing its Come Home to Great Care Campaign in support of the new and expanded Grove Nursing Home and the technology and equipment needs that ensure exceptional care can be accessed closer to home.

For more information:

Melissa McDermott

Communications Manager

Arnprior Regional Health

[email protected]

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