Long-term care residents in the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility had a new way to show their gratitude at Thanksgiving.
With the help of Activities Leader Lori Kuntz, residents made a gratitude tree, complete with painted leaves. Then everyone – residents, family, staff and friends – was encouraged to write whatever they were thankful for on a leaf and hang it on the tree.
Residents helped create this gratitude tree at Thanksgiving.
It took about eight weeks to fill the tree with notes of gratitude. Then, after Thanksgiving, the tree was covered in poppies for Remembrance Day. With Christmas now upon us, it will be transformed again for the holiday season.
“We received so many compliments on the tree,” noted Kuntz. “It was a real attraction for everyone – visitors, staff and residents would all stop to read the leaves.”
“I’m so very proud of this initiative,” said Bev Thompson, Health Services manager for the facility. “It received such a warm reaction from everyone; we plan to bring it back every Thanksgiving.”
Research has shown that gratitude improves psychological health by reducing toxic emotions, increasing happiness while reducing depression.