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Beauty is in the eyes… at PWL Cochrane

COVID-19 has certainly cut down on residents’ ready access to beauty treatments. Thanks to the skill and goodwill of a handful of residents and an employee care partner, the ladies of Points West Living Cochrane are looking good.

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Words of Wisdom for the back-to-school crowd

Early in September, residents at Points West Living Cochrane were chatting among themselves about the first day of school and what a difference COVID would make for today’s students. The recreation team joined in and asked residents to share their thoughts and advice for the first day of school.

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Unexpected parade of Pipes and Drums is a Canada Day highlight

Residents of Points West Living Cochrane were settling in for a quiet afternoon celebration of Canada Day on July first when the thrum of drums and wail of the pipes announced the unexpected arrival of the Cochrane Pipe Band. The group marched around the complex giving residents throughout the building front row seats to the parade.

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Residents walk & wheel across a virtual version of Canada

During Seniors Week earlier this month, residents of Points West Living Cochrane took part in a cross-Canada walk. Over the five days, they were encouraged to walk/wheel lengths of their floors, from one end to the other. The top three finishers combined surpassed the scaled distance across the country.

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Irish dancers put on a colourful show

Residents at Points West Living Cochrane were treated to a lively outdoor Irish Dancing demonstration recently. As residents watched from their windows and balconies, the three young dancers in beautiful bright costumes danced on boards in the spring sunshine.

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Lifting spirits, one flower at a time

With the continuing social and activity restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s not surprising many residents at Points West Living Cochrane are feeling a bit down. So when Brilliant Blooms, a local Cochrane floral shop, offered to come by with some pick-me-up flower arrangements, they were welcomed with (virtual) open arms.

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Miniature horses deliver joy through the window

‘Hugs’ and ‘Kisses’ two miniature horses from Robinson Outreach at Rivercross Ranch (ROARR) paid a brief visit to Points West Living Cochrane on April 21. The wee horses and their handlers stayed outside looking in, while residents and care partners watched and waved from balconies and windows. A lucky few connected eye to eye with the minis, almost able to reach out and touch through the window.

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Resident’s new guitar is the answer…

Points West Living Cochrane resident Richard Trefry loves to play the guitar. His old guitar was banged up, scratched, and missing a few parts, but Richard put his creative home handyman skills to work, using tape, paper, and paper clips to keep it playable. He was able to play every day, until the sad day when the guitar could no longer be repaired by his tinkering talents.

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All senses engaged in flower arranging class

Residents got a taste (and smell and feel and touch) of spring in the depths of winter at Points West Living Cochrane on January 21. Working with the roses, mums, Alstroemeria, and greenery was therapeutic for participants and a delight for those who got to enjoy the beautiful creations.

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Residents drum up good feelings

Residents at Points West Living Cochrane took part in a drum circle on January 16, and quickly fell into the rhythm of it. The program was requested by resident Elisa Arbuto (on left in top right photo), and on its inaugural session led by Rob Clancy of Rhythm Makers, Elisa was there, along with about 20 other residents.

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