Residents at Minoru now have some new wheels for day trips and leisure activities thanks to a generous donation from the Richmond Hospital Auxiliary.
After their previous bus broke down a couple of years ago, the pandemic stalled plans for getting a new one. But thanks to the support from the auxiliary and with proper COVID-19 safety plans and protocols in place, the recreation therapy team is once again able to support safe resident outings such as scenic drives and accessing services in the community.
Bee Virk, Senior Recreation Therapist at Minoru Residence says the team has already noticed a positive difference in the emotional and mental well-being of the residents since the bus has been in use.
“Residents have been through a lot throughout the pandemic," she says. “The bus provides us with a much-needed resource that will support our team in providing residents with sensory and cognitive stimulation exploring the outdoors or just providing them with a new environment. It's nice to see the residents smiling and so cheerful after their first trip."
On June 2, the team held a special celebration to thank the auxiliary for the donation. One resident expressed their gratitude for the effort that went into securing this new resource.
“On behalf of all the residents, I'd like to thank the auxiliary for providing the recreation therapy staff with a bus for the community visits and trips. This effort by the volunteers is greatly appreciated by myself and other residents. Thank you very much."