14 residents from 2 homes enjoy camping experience
Fourteen residents from Frost Manor and Extendicare Kawartha Lakes were treated to a three-day outing at Camp Cherokee in early September as part of an ongoing partnership between Lindsay long-term care homes.
For 11 years, Frost Manor and other long-term care homes in the region have collaborated to create outings for residents that are both meaningful and cost-effective.
Frost Manor life enrichment co-ordinator Vi O’Leary says the partnership sees the homes share the costs for everything involved with the annual outing, including accommodation, food, transportation and entertainment.
“The networking is wonderful,” she says. “The big issue (with outings) is always money and if you’re by yourself you can’t afford to do all these things.”
Some years has seen Frost manor collaborate with as many as four other area long-term care homes.
The only year the homes have not collaborated on a summer excursion was in 2014 when there was an E. coli scare in the water at the camp where the event was planned.
Highlights of the Sept. 2-4 excursion included a boat ride, bingo and a barbecue. O’Leary notes that the weather was warm and the skies clear which helped make the trip successful.
She also credits nutritional care manager Neil MacDonald for preparing top-notch food that was served at the barbecue, including steaks one night and hamburgers and hot dogs the next night.
There was also entertainment provided one evening courtesy of Darlene and the Shamrocker, a husband-and-wife musical duo specializing in performing for seniors.
“All in all it was a wonderful trip,” O’Leary says.
Camp Cherokee is located on Rice Lake in Peterborough County.
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