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McGuire Group donates to Meals on Wheels, Staff and Residents Made Efforts In Nursing Facilities

The McGuire Group’s Autumn View Health Care Facility in Hamburg has made a donation of $1,637 to Meals on Wheels on behalf of the residents and staff.

The money will provide more than 400 meals for those in the community.

The staff at each of the McGuire Group’s five WNY facilities - Autumn View Health Care Facility, Hamburg, Garden Gate Health Care Facility, Cheektowaga, Harris Hill Nursing Facility, Williamsville, Northgate Health Care Facility North Tonawanda and Seneca Health Care Center West Seneca sold paper angels in various dollar amounts.

When a donation was made, an angel with that donor’s name was hung on the wall.

Each week the directors shared information about their donations and tracked them on a large chart to keep the competitive spirit alive.

“The best thing about the competition was the residents’ and employees’ helping others,” said Rhonda Gorman, activity director at Garden Gate Health Care Facility and coordinator of the event.

In 2013, the Autumn View facility was recognized by New York State as the finest nursing home in the state.

All of the McGuire Group’s five facilities were listed in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Nursing Homes 2013". All five received 5 star ratings from the federal government, the highest rank a nursing home can get.

According to the report, there are 49 nursing homes in the Buffalo, New York metropolitan area, 11 of which received an overall rating of five stars from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This metro area includes Niagara Falls.

Out of the 11, the McGuire group had five out of their five facilities make the premier grade.

Their staff's effort to donate to Meals on Wheels for WNY will help the agency dedicated to delivering meals and support services to people who have limited ability to shop or prepare meals for themselves. Each weekday, clients receive two meals: a hot midday meal, consisting of meat or an alternate, two vegetables or juice, bread, dessert and milk. The cold supper is a sandwich or cold plate, salad or juice, dessert and milk.

The agency delivers approximately 865,000 meals to more than 3,300 residents annually.

About 1,800 meals are delivered every day after being cooked and assembled fresh at the agency's commissary. From there, they are driven out to the organization's 21 meal-delivery sites throughout the area. Several hundred volunteers deliver meals to, generally, 10-12 individuals per day around lunch time.

Primarily, Meals on Wheels serve elderly individuals who are physically unable to shop or prepare meals due to illness or disability, or people who are mentally incapable of providing for their own nutritional needs.

Meals on Wheels for WNY is a private, not-for-profit agency and has been certified by the Meals on Wheels Association of America. A majority of its funding comes from government grants and private contributions (63 percent). Another 25 percent of its operating budget comes from recipients’ voluntary contributions.



Niagara Falls Reporter - Publisher Frank Parlato Jr. www.niagarafallsreporter.com

Dec 31, 2013