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Mary Riddell

A Spotlight on Providence Resident Mary Riddell

Jun 23, 2020

Mary is a loving mother of two and a doting grandmother of five, ranging in age from 15 to 20. She’s also a long-term care resident in the Houses of Providence, calling Providence home, for the last year and a half.

COVID-19 has been difficult on her and her fellow residents. "It's been hard during COVID-19 since we're not happy to be inside all the time, but we understand the precautions that staff are taking. Providence staff have been absolutely wonderful and are doing a good job. I appreciate that all the staff are extremely careful with us, making sure we are safe. I thank them every time I see them for their hard work."

To pass the time, Mary loves to chat with Providence staff, read and play bridge, although bridge playing is on hold for the time being, until the residents can be together again, safely. Mary is a vivacious people person and loves talking with others in the four languages she speaks: Ukrainian, Polish, Russian and English.

Mary’s 84th birthday is coming up this month. “My family is planning something special for me, but I’m not sure what yet.”

It's been very difficult not seeing her family in person with visitor restrictions in place since March. While she describes herself as not being a “tech person,” she’s learned how to use video calling on her iPad to keep in contact with her children and grandchildren.

Mary’s family watched the Providence video she was featured in last month (you can watch the video here.) “They had tears in their eyes after seeing me hold up the sign in the video. It’s been difficult for them as it’s been months since they’ve seen me in person.”

Our residents, like Mary, are feeling the impact of COVID-19. A donation to Providence will help create a space in the Houses where residents can gather again, while employing the necessary safety measures through social distancing.

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