Easter brings intergenerational programming to Burnbrae Gardens

‘The look on the residents’ faces was worth every ounce of energy that it took to put together’

It was a busy Easter season this year at Burnbrae Gardens, with the Campbellford long-term care home hosting an Easter-egg hunt and inviting local schoolchildren to engage with residents.

Just before Easter, a group of Grade 2 and 3 students from Hillcrest Public School in Campbellford came by the home to participate in a crafts program and sing for residents, and both programs went over well with everyone, says administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator April Faux.

“The look on the residents’ faces was worth every ounce of energy that it took to put together,” she tells The OMNIway. “Their faces just light up when the children are in the room for an intergenerational program.”

But it wasn’t just the residents who had a great time, April adds – the students were also having a lot of fun.

Burnbrae Gardens and Hillcrest Public School began a partnership last year to provide intergenerational programming to the home’s residents and the schoolchildren. There are more events planned in the coming months, April says.

Burnbrae Gardens also hosted an Easter-egg hunt on Saturday, March 24. The activity was open to the community as well as to the children and grandchildren of staff members and residents.

About 18 children attended the annual event, which is another of the residents’ favourite programs.

Staff members hid Easter eggs around the home for the children to collect, and there was also a colouring table and a cupcake decorating table set up for additional activities that day.

As always, the event was well-received by residents.

“The residents really got a kick out of seeing all the little ones,” April says.

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