Meadow Park Chatham hosts Better Seniors' Care Vendor Fair to highlight the need for investment in long-term care

A few vendors line up with tables showcasing their products while residents and families look at themMeadow Park Chatham was hopping this past March (2017) as the management team and partnering service and product vendors gathered together to hold the homes first ever Better Seniors’ Care Vendor Fair.  

The goal for the event was to promote the exceptional care and services offered at the 100 bed long-term care home.  However, the fair took on a unique theme, taking time to shine a light on the growing need to address priorities such as rebuilding aging homes and ensuring staff are equipped to handle the growing care requirements of the residents they serve each day.

Two residents stand on either side of MPP Rick Nicholls, holding signs for Better Seniors CareOver 15 vendors were represented at the fair including on-site services such as hairdressing, foot care, and representatives of the Meadow Park Auxiliary and Family Council.  It was an endeavour that called upon the entire multidisciplinary team in order to answer questions and allow visitors, residents and families to ask questions of individuals they may not have the opportunity to see each day.

Over the course of three months Meadow Park Chatham has made the Better Seniors’ Care campaign a visible priority in the home.  Staff have been earning “Care Bucks” (an incentive program based on the OLTCA campaign), residents and Life Enrichment staff have been baking “Cookies for Council” (a kick-off fundraiser for Resident’s Council) and the home has had a visit from the Chatham-Kent Essex MPP, Mr. Rick Nicholls.  Most recently, the home’s dining room family tree mural has been “Blooming with Care.”  All of these events and themes have taken place with one goal in mind – Better Seniors’ Care. 
residents and staff hold up Cookies for Council signs to promote their baking fundraising
 It is the home's hope to keep these priorities at the top of mind for those who can help us make a difference.  They will continue to do sing-a-longs with their 
MPP, talk about the priorities for their home and other homes to all who will listen, hold events such as their annual Family Council Barbecue (June 14, 2017), and continue to educate and promote long-term care.  

"We pledge to do our best for the people who are at the core of all we do each day – our residents," said Anne-Marie Rumble, Administrator at Meadow Park Chatham. "We encourage others to do their part and continue to make Better Seniors’ Care not only a priority but a reality."

Thanks for your support Meadow Park Chatham!

In photos (top to bottom): Residents and family members go from vendor to vendor during the vendor fair; MPP Rick Nicholls poses with two residents in support of the Better Seniors' Care campaign; staff and residents promote their Cookies for Council baking fundraiser in support of the campaign.