Frost Manor residents treated to annual outdoor experience at Camp Cherokee

Frost Manor residents are seen here departing for Camp Cherokee on Sept. 6.

Even cool weather didn’t put a damper on fun three-day outing

A group of 26 residents and staff members from Frost Manor and Extendicare Kawartha Lakes enjoyed three days of outdoor life at Camp Cherokee Sept. 6-8, as part of an annual outing that has become a flagship event for the two long-term care homes.

Located in Keene, Ont., on the shores of Rice Lake, Camp Cherokee provided the residents and accompanying staff members with everything they needed for three days of fun. Some of the activities residents enjoyed included a boat ride, two barbecues and entertainment.

Even with cooler weather, the residents still experienced a fun three days, notes Frost Manor life enrichment co-ordinator Vi O’Leary. When it became too cold outside one day, everyone packed into one of the cabins for dinner.

“We ate together and there was music and the residents danced and had a ball,” Vi tells The OMNIway. “When it was cold outside, some of the residents were happy just to stay inside and play cards and have a beer.”

For 13 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. This year the Frost Manor group was joined by residents and staff members from Extendicare Kawartha Lakes.

Some years Frost Manor has collaborated with as many as four other long-term care homes in the region to make the outing possible.

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