Laura's role as an occupational therapist at Menno Place includes helping residents with their mobility skills - using their hands, walking, exercising - and working with them to improve those skills.
Today, we got a chance to ask her some more personal questions - read the interview below!
Thank you so much for taking care of my mom in such a beautiful and loving way! You are angels in disguise, and please know how much we appreciate you! I wish you many blessings as you daily touch the lives of our family members. In doing so, you are touching our lives and caring for us too.
FROM A GRATEFUL CHILD
I am very grateful for all the people who make Menno such a wonderful place for my Mom. Menno Place is the best of any care homes I have seen. You do a wonderful job of caring for our loved ones and have a kind and wonderful staff.
THANKFUL FOR THE CARE MOM RECEIVED
We would like to thank you for the kindness and caring that you have shown to our Mother/ Grandmother during her time there. She has often referred to you as her ‘friends,’ and this is a reflection of the compassionate manner in which you have interacted with her. For this we are truly grateful!
YOU BECAME FRIENDS AND WE ARE GRATEFUL
So far my experience has been that the staff at Menno Home have been outstanding. Mum has energy, interest, and clarity of thought better than she has had in 10-15 years!
HAPPY THAT MOM IS DOING SO WELL!
My dad was there for 13 years. Of the many staff that dealt with him over the years he only complained about one. He was fiercely independent and she wanted to help too much.
FROM A LONG-TIME RESIDENT’S FAMILY
My father has recently passed away; I only wish to thank Menno Home and the wonderful caring staff who helped myself and my father live the last few years so gracefully. I have nothing but praise for the care he received.
THANKING YOU ALL FOR YOUR CARE
We will be ever grateful that mom ended her days with a staff that treated her as their own mother.
SHE WAS TREATED LIKE FAMILY
It always seemed as if our dear friend was not just a resident, but a member of a family that lived there. For her to see that she was noticed and welcomed, I know made her feel happy. Thank you again for all that you did for her, and please keep the joy and happiness that you all show every day. It did not go unnoticed.
JOY AND HAPPINESS IS EVIDENT
I just want to express my feelings about the staff at Menno Place…They’re out of this world. They’re unbelievable…I am floored by them. I thank you for having such a team, and for caring for residents the way you do. You’ve just got the best group there. You should be really proud of them.
I could sit at home in my rocking chair all day - I’m in my eighties already, it would make sense - but I know that I can make an impact on someone else if I get out and do something. I started making prayer shawls three years ago. These shawls are for people here at Menno Place who need love and healing and prayer. Once they’re finished, I bring them to the chaplains here, and then they take them to people in the hospital or in palliative care. I remember visiting a dear friend when she was here at Menno Hospital... she had a rough life and she was really alone, but the prayer shawl I gave her became a symbol of love to her. It was something she could hold on to. I had prayed into that shawl blessing and hope and joy. She never let that thing out of her hand. These shawls make a difference. Our prayers can make a difference. I meet with a small group here at Menno Place the first Monday of every month to knit and pray together. While we knit we pray for the person who will wear the shawl some day, and I truly believe it helps people. This is a little thing, but it is something. It is something beautiful and it shows people God’s love. ___________ If you have a loved one at Menno Place, if you have a heart for seniors, if you want to experience the power of prayer - come and knit with Betty. All of the wool is provided here at Menno Place, and she’ll even teach you how to knit. Call or email Betty for details: 604.556.5341 or firstname.lastname@example.org ... See MoreSee Less
Chris HarmsSuch a lovely blessing. Knitting has become a bit of a habit for me now- I take it everywhere. I try to pray for each person who will receive the hats I make, even when they are anonymous donations. My favorite evenings are when I go and knit with my older friends at the seniors lodge in my town... Such community and love as we knit for charities. Thank you for doing such important work and remembering our seniors in a loving, caring manner.
2 weeks ago · 2
Karen Axelson BaillieI love the prayer shawl you ladies made for me following my surprise surgery. I recovered in two weeks thanks to all of your prayers. The shawl sits around the chair where I do my morning devotions.
2 weeks ago · 4
Rita ThiessenI too am enjoying a beautiful prayer shawl Betty brought me after John passed away, thanks again Betty, you are special !!!
2 weeks ago · 3
Marina HamiltonMy grandma, who passed away in May, was truly blessed by the prayer shawl that was made for her! She accepted the Lord into her life shortly before she died! We are so grateful to you ladies that make the shawls. May the Lord bless each of you abundantly!!!❤️❤️❤️
Rachel JohnsonI am so very proud of you Grandma and for all the love that goes into knitting these beautiful shawls that blesses others. You are so inspiring! ❤️
2 weeks ago · 3
Nancee FriesenSomeone made a prayer shawl for my mom when she was in her last two weeks of her life. I cry with gratitude everytime I see it. What a blessing it was!
2 weeks ago · 2
Linda HughesBetty you are so wonderful💗💗What a beautiful idea.
1 week ago · 1
Vi Fast-WiensHow lovely - what a special and personal blessing this is!
1 week ago · 1
Helmut FroeseYou knit a prayer a shawl that was given to my wife Elisabeth,a resident there at Menno Place. Two weeks ago, on Sept. 30th she went home to heaven. Thank you, and God bless you as you pray and bless others with your handy work. 🙂
Menno Place Campus is one of the largest senior's care campuses in British Columbia. There are 700 seniors living on 11 acres across from the Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Menno Place is governed by the Mennonite Benevolent Society which founded faith-based seniors care on this location in 1953.