Local caregivers honoured for making a difference
Rosewood Senior Living volunteer Margo McArthur of Brantford and general manager Cheryl Stockman share a smile during the Heroes in the Home Caregiver Recognition Celebration hosted by the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network at The Greens at Renton Wednesday afternoon. McArthur was one of a number of area caregivers honoured for their efforts. JACOB ROBINSON/Simcoe Reformer
Instead of dwelling on the challenges in her life, Margo McArthur chooses to focus on the positive.
A Brantford native, McArthur makes multiple trips per week to Rosewood Senior Living in Simcoe to help care for her mother. That's not all, McArthur also provides care to her father, and her husband, who is living with dementia.
Despite all that, McArthur does it all with a smile on her face. In fact, she enjoys her time at Rosewood so much that she's become a regular volunteer and friendly face to all staff and residents. McArthur is known to take them on bowling trips and often fundraises on behalf of the home's activity department.
“It's just something that I have to do,” McArthur said. “My mother gave me a heart and a soul and I just feel like I have to give back, I really do. It's faith, it's hope and it's charity. I can't think of any better place to put my time and my money. They're not going to be here forever but (I try to) give them that feeling of 'someone cares'.”
McArthur was one of a number of caregivers honoured as part of the Heroes in the Home Caregiver Recognition Celebration hosted by the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network at The Greens at Renton Wednesday afternoon.
Cheryl Stockman, general manager at Rosewood, said her facility is a better place when McArthur steps through the door.
“For me, I love it when I know Margo is there because I know she's always got a smile on her face and makes the residents happy,” said Stockman, who nominated McArthur for the honour. “Really, that's all it boils down to - they need to be happy. I know we provide a safe environment for them, I know we provide medical care and meals for them, but ... (she's) somebody they think of as a friend, as a daughter.”
Many of the honoured heroes face similar challenges as McArthur – a family member or friend wanting to stay at home as long as they can but need some assistance doing so.
The youngest of the group was Sophia Bomberry. The Hagersville resident became a caregiver at the age of four when her brother was diagnosed with autism. Now 12, Bomberry supports her brother and her family on a day-to-day basis. Oftentimes she forgoes outings with friends to help around the house. Her caregiving role extends beyond the home as she's demonstrated compassion and support to a classmate with mental health issues. She was nominated by the Powerhouse Project's Young Carers Initiative. Powerhouse Project aims to promote the well-being of youngsters in Bomberry's position.
“It makes me feel special,” she said of the award.
“It makes me feel good about myself, and it helps my brother.”
Bomberry's mother Sarah said that providing for others has always been in her daughter's nature.
“She has a big heart and she helps everyone all the time,” she added.
“It's in her personality to help others so it's nice to see her recognized.”
Anyone wishing to submit a nomination can do so online hnhblhin.on.ca or call the Norfolk office at 519-426-7400.