Car show delivers smiles to residents once again

Riverview Manor resident Doris Shiniman is seen here with one of the many classic cars at the home July 22 during its annual car show.

Riverview Manor resident Doris Shiniman is seen here with one of the many classic cars at the home July 22 during its annual car show.

Annual tradition has become so popular with residents, car club now calls home to book dates

Thursday, July 24, 2014 — Deron Hamel

Riverview Manor residents were once again treated to a car show that has become an important part of the Peterborough long-term care home’s culture.

In fact, the relationship between Riverview Manor and the enthusiasts who form the seniors’ car club has become so strong over the years the club now calls the home to book dates to visit — not the other way around.

Each summer car club members take their wheels to Peterborough-area long-term care homes and invite residents and staff members to have a look. The car show always brings back lots of memories for residents who often reminisce for days afterwards about the experience, says life enrichment co-ordinator Sherry Baldwin.

The July 22 event, which included a barbecue, saw an array of classic cars on display in the home’s parking lot. Baldwin says about 50 of the home’s 124 residents came outside to have a look at the cars, which included hot rods dating back more than 80 years.

“We also had a deejay this year, which was great, so there was lots of music and it was a lot of fun,” Baldwin says.  “The cars were absolutely gorgeous and the residents loved it.”

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