Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue organized a fun day on the Puntledge for six Glacier View residents. The GVL the Restorative Care Program assisted in the execution of the event. Scott Stanfield photo

Comox Valley’s Glacier View Lodge lights up for Christmas

Glacier View Lodge residents and families will gather on Dec. 6 for a much-loved tradition of decorating the Christmas tree and turning on the outdoor lights that will shine over the Comox Valley through December.

Over the years, thousands of people and their caregivers from the Comox Valley have been impacted by the care and services that the lodge has provided. Many of these lights shine in remembrance or honour of those we have loved and love. Originating with the Soroptimist International of Courtenay, the lodge’s “Book of Lights Fund” is a tradition that is in its 32nd year.

Funds raised through the Book of Lights have been directed to a variety of programs. Last year, donations allowed the lodge to replace three out of five 36-year-old shade awnings. In 2016, a total of $25,000 was donated to replace lounge and dining room furniture in one of the care units. In 2015, community clients and residents alike benefited from donations that facilitated the creation of a ‘spa room,’ complete with specialty bathing equipment and spa décor.

In 2019, the goal is to enhance the Restorative Care Program, with $30,000 for equipment and programs. Restorative care programs are individualized fitness or occupational programs aimed at helping each person to retain or restore independence following a debilitating illness or injury.

Many of you may recall that in August, we were able to fulfil the dream of several residents: tubing down the Puntledge River. This was achieved through the development of a comprehensive restorative care plan covering entry and exit points, and with the invaluable volunteer assistance of many staff, family and especially the members of the Courtenay Search and Rescue team.

Glacier View Lodge’s Restorative Care Program is unique among care providers. The development of the program was inspired by the needs of people who came to live at the lodge. The first was a lady with a spinal cord injury who dreamed to walk again, and did, through an intensive program and the use of adaptive equipment. Another younger man participated in the program and was eventually able to return to live in the community.

Not all restorative care activities are so grand. Most activities involve supporting people on a day-to-day basis to retain or restore as much independence as possible.

Programs that involve participation in walking and fitness activities, and the use of specialized equipment, help residents achieve their goals. Restorative care is so impactful to the people who are able to once again find the freedom to stand and walk, or participate in much-loved activities. The goal of ‘living life to the fullest’ never diminishes.

A donation of $10 or more to purchase a light in memory or honour of a loved one will help to support the Restorative Care Program at Glacier View Lodge.

To make a donation to the Book of Lights, visit the Glacier View Lodge reception office at 2450 Back Rd., weekdays from 9:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Go to the donation tab at www.glacierviewlodge.ca, or call Liz for more information at 250-338-1451.

Glacier View Lodge is a not-for-profit society with charitable status. Tax receipts will be issued.

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