Orchard gives lunch to seniors

seniors-at-lunch-014By Jaime Thomas

Dozens of seniors from Granville, along with a handful from Whitehall, gathered Thursday for a lunch that was hot by any definition.

The group gathered at the Granville Senior Center, which was cooled slightly by drawn shades and many fans, but still remained toasty. The meal was provided by the Orchard Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre as part of a regular reach-out.

“We come about every three months. We usually just reiterate what the facility does and can do for them and their loved ones as far as rehab and long-term care,” said Jo-Lea Brand, clinical screener at the center.

She explained that the home will soon be offering outpatient rehabilitation services for those who may be released from a hospital or long-term care but still need exercises or other therapy.

And she said the benefits of the meals flow both ways.

“It gives us a chance to meet the community, and these folks love to talk to us and they enjoy the socialization of the lunch. It’s a way for us to give back to the community,” Brand said.

Thursday’s meal, which was free for the seniors, consisted of pulled pork, mashed potatoes and string beans, with vanilla strawberry cake for dessert; all the food is homemade.

A number of seniors said the food was “very good” and seemed to be enjoying the luncheon. The event came less than a week after the all of the county’s seniors attended a picnic lunch in Greenwich. Noticeably missing from that annual picnic was the Whitehall group. Several Whitehall women, who were at Thursday’s lunch, said their group hadn’t made it to the picnic because of extreme heat and a far drive.

Helen Macura, who is involved with both the Granville and Hartford seniors, thought Thursday was the fourth time the Orchard had provided a lunch.

“Each time they come with more food and their home cooking,” she said. The lunch was followed by the group’s regular meeting.

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