Provision Living Resident Finds Therapy and Fulfillment in Making Blankets for Charity

Janet Barnes has a passion for helping others, especially when it comes to families whose lives have been upturned by a child diagnosed with disease and illness. Particularly dear to Janet’s heart is Ronald McDonald House, a charity that provides free, temporary housing for families staying in St. Louis for medical treatment for a sick son or daughter.

Being Part of a Community

IMG_0094Janet, a resident of Provision Living at St. Louis Hills, began collecting pull tabs to raise money for the charity. Soon, though, she found herself wanting to do something more “meaningful” for Ronald McDonald House and the families it serves. It was Janet’s occupational therapist at Provision Living, Kelly Schnitzmeier, who contacted Ronald McDonald House and came back with the idea of making tied fleece (“knot”) blankets for the charity’s visiting families.

“I like knowing that the children are warm and cozy with the blankets,” says the warm and engaging Janet, who traveled the world working as a flight attendant for TWA. “I don’t have any children of my own, so being part of a community and team that helps families during these challenging times is really special.”

The blankets also provide Janet with more than just a sense of fulfillment. The handiwork required to make the blankets is great occupational therapy as Janet continues to rebuild strength and motor skills from a stroke.

Inspiring Others

The gang at Provision Living at St. Louis Hills making knot blankets for Ronald McDonald House.

The gang at Provision Living at St. Louis Hills making knot blankets for Ronald McDonald House.

Recently, Janet’s charitable work has inspired several other residents of Provision Living at St. Louis Hills. Together the team of a half-dozen community members have now made some 50 blankets for Ronald McDonald House.

“The staff at Ronald McDonald House has been real appreciative,” says Janet. “And they’ve passed on that the families have loved the blankets.”

At Provision Living, stories such as Janet’s are not uncommon and highlight why we stand out from so many other senior communities. Our staff is committed to ensuring that Provision Living is the best place a senior has ever lived. We accomplish that by giving residents like Janet the assistance they need to live life to the fullest and by doing whatever we can to keep them connected to the community – be it maintaining relationships with family and friends or making new connections one smile or blanket at a time.

To see firsthand all that Provision Living at St. Louis Hills has to offer, or for more information about our services and programs, please call me, Niccole Eye, at 314-647-6600.

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