When my mother, Marie Dunn, heard there was a retirement home to open in Almonte, she was excited: “I always said this is just what the town needs”. She moved in in November 2016. She was proud of the beautification inside and raved about the poinsettias in the atrium at Christmas. She enjoyed arranging displays of artwork by residents in the exhibit space on the second floor. When mom’s health declined in June, Orchard View stepped in with palliative care services. This meant her family could remain by her side in her cherished suite to the end of her journey. All OVM staff showed compassion and caring in those difficult days, which was a great comfort to the family.