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Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:48

There are numerous reasons why people choose to give

Written by  Sean Finnell
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Swift Current residents Jim and Plewis and Standard Motors made a donation of $250,000 to the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation's “A Welcome Home” long-term care campaign on Oct. 13. Pictured, from left to right, Mark and Ryan Plewis of Standard Motors, Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Clay Thompson, and Pam and Jim Plewis. This donation will cover the cost to fully equip one of the 21 long-term care homes in the new long-term care facility in Swift Current, which is currently under construction and scheduled for completion by April 2016. The goal of the Healthcare Foundation's “A Welcome Home” campaign is to raise about $8 million to fully furnish the new facility. Swift Current residents Jim and Plewis and Standard Motors made a donation of $250,000 to the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation's “A Welcome Home” long-term care campaign on Oct. 13. Pictured, from left to right, Mark and Ryan Plewis of Standard Motors, Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Clay Thompson, and Pam and Jim Plewis. This donation will cover the cost to fully equip one of the 21 long-term care homes in the new long-term care facility in Swift Current, which is currently under construction and scheduled for completion by April 2016. The goal of the Healthcare Foundation's “A Welcome Home” campaign is to raise about $8 million to fully furnish the new facility.

It’s one of those things that is extremely personal for every one of us. Maybe you give to the Cancer Society in memory of a loved one.

Maybe you support diabetes research because it runs in your family. Maybe you give to health care locally because you are hoping to provide the best care for your community.
If you take all of the reasons and refine them down to one common theme, we give because we want to help. It’s a trait that humanity has carried for all time. If a child is missing, a search party is formed. If a farmer is hurt or sick, his neighbours will help harvest his crops. If a community member’s home is devastated by fire, people will come together to offer support, both financially and emotionally. It’s just one of those things people have within them. They like to help. It feels good to help.
The good news is, there are always opportunities to help. Our main campaign this year, “A Welcome Home” campaign, is one of those opportunities. So who are you helping by supporting this campaign? You are helping residents of long-term care. It is important we consider the word, resident. The people in long-term care are not patients. They don’t stay until treatment is completed and then go back home. This is their home. This is where they live. People from all walks of life and a variety of ages. We often think of long-term care residents as being elderly. While there are a significant number of older residents, there are also some very young. There are children. There are teenagers; there are people who for one reason or another, regardless of age, need long-term care.
How is supporting the ‘A Welcome Home’ Campaign helping them? Take a walk through any of the three existing long-term care homes in Swift Current, and then go and tour the mock-ups at Walker Place. How we are helping them is by providing dignity and privacy with larger resident rooms, each with their own private washroom. One resident per room. We are helping by giving them opportunity for a fullness of life where they can have options and make choices that fit their wants or needs. We are helping by giving them an environment which may help to maintain a level of independence and mobility.
We all may need long-term care at some point in our lives — us or someone we love. The ‘A Welcome Home’ campaign is designed to provide a home that any of us would want to live in should we need it. A place where we can feel good about moving a loved one into when the time comes. A place that is not a facility as much as it is home. Your help is needed to equip and furnish this home. Every one of us will need to help. To find out more about the project, visit www.drirwinfoundation.com or phone 306-778-3314.
Sean Finell is the Special Events/Public Relations Co-ordinator for the Dr Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation.

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