Legion’s poppy fund helps seniors in north Red Deer

The Red Deer Legion’s poppy fund is covering the cost of a much-needed chair at Extendicare Michener Hill.

The equipment, which cost about $5,000 and is being funded by the Legion’s poppy sales, will help palliative care seniors at the Red Deer facility.

The care centre has about 220 long-term care beds. Eleven of the patients are veterans.

The chair, which comes with wheels, will help seniors be more active, socialize and even go outside. It’s expected to arrive next month.

The chair offers body support, which will provide comfort to residents, said occupational therapist Brandy Hartley.

“It basically improves their quality of life in their final days,” said Hartley.

Recreation therapist Melissa D’Souza said this is the second time the Legion has helped out the centre, adding a couple of years ago, the group purchased a bladder scanner.

“We’re so grateful for their support for our veterans and going beyond that and helping all seniors at the facility,” said D’Souza.

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