A Day in the Life at QUAIL
At around 5 am, the residents start to get up and ready for their daily activities. Everyone has breakfast together unless someone needs to be ready for an early pick up for work at a sheltered work centre.
Mornings are more active than later in the day as residents have lots of energy after a full night’s sleep. Activities may include playing in the back yard with balls or running, blowing bubbles and just working off some energy. Our back yard is large and we have a lot of space for games and a gazebo for shelter from the hot sun. Indoors, there are puzzles, colouring and painting.
Most residents will go for an accompanied walk sometime during the day. Tara is a great walker and enjoys just being outside, as does Hugh. Favourite areas are the old railway trail, Lac Leamy, and the sugar bush. A trip to the grocery store is always a treat, and we have bowling afternoons or an outing to the movies about once a month.
Afternoons are somewhat quieter, some residents will have a nap, listen to music on headphones or watch a favourite program on TV or a personal device. Claudia loves to do yoga sometime during the day, and sometimes bakes with Michelle.
Dinner time is when all the residents are together. We then have quiet time in the evenings and baths before bed anywhere between 7 and 11 pm.
In August 2020, QUAIL residents are hoping to spend a week at Camp Misquah. Camp Misquah is an Ottawa based non-profit summer camp that provides a special residential camping experience for adults and children with special needs in a beautiful setting on Lac Bitobi near Gracefield, Quebec, about an hour north of Ottawa. With energetic staff and high staff to camper ratios, Camp Misquah has been providing amazing summer experiences for over 50 years.
The cost per resident is $950 for the week. In order to assure that all our residents can experience this special camp, we will need to do some extra fund raising but we are determined to make this happen. The idea for all our residents to attend camp was the brainchild of Pat, one of our staff caregivers. Pat had a special birthday this year and challenged all his friends to donate to QUAIL. Wonderfully, they took the challenge, and Pat raised enough money that he has pledged $125 for each resident to attend the camp. We have registered our residents for the camp, they are excited by the plans and now we just need to raise the rest of the money.
We have some ideas, but we are appealing to our supporters to help us out. If you would like to donate to this camp effort, please go to our donation page and in the message box indicate that your donation is to help send our residents to Camp Misquah.
Our staff include Joanna Gonzales (House Manager), Frank Laing, Kelly McKay, Alycia Easton, Kelsey McInney, Ashley Mckinley and Patrick McKain. We are thrilled to occasionally have a student from the PSW program at the Western Quebec Career Centre or a student from the Special Care Counselling Program at Heritage College come to do a placement at QUAIL and one or more summer students if we are able to get a provincial summer student grant.