‘I love seeing the residents getting out and about and coming here,’ says Nancy DeGeer, farm’s owner
LINDSAY, Ont. – Sixteen Frost Manor residents returned to Nancy DeGeer’s farm Oct. 5 to have a day of outdoor fun in what is quickly becoming one of the Lindsay long-term care home’s signature outings.
This is the third time residents have been invited to the farm by Nancy, the mother-in-law of Frost Manor environmental services worker Tanya Smith. Residents were at the farm this past June and in October of last year as well. Nancy, Tanya and their family organize each trip to the farm.
Everyone spent four hours enjoying their time at the 99-acre farm and meeting the animals, including horses, chickens and newborn foxhound puppies.
Residents’ faces lit up when they saw the animals, which were brought out for them to hold and pet. Seeing residents’ reaction to being at the farm is what Nancy says she likes most about having the folks from Frost Manor visit.
“I love seeing the residents getting out and about and coming here,” she said.
Residents also hopped on an open trailer that was pulled on tractor driven by “Farmer Rick” (Frost Manor maintenance and environmental services manager Rick Riel, who dressed up as a farmer) and went on a hayride around the property. This was the first time residents had been on a hayride at the farm.
Nancy and her family were excellent hosts, providing a lunch of turkey stew, farm-fresh egg-salad sandwiches and apple crisp to everyone, and they kept fresh, hot tea and coffee flowing.
Much of the residents’ June visit was rained out, but this time around Mother Nature was kind enough to provide everyone with sunny skies and a mild temperature.
Just before everyone boarded the bus back to Frost Manor, life enrichment aide Lyndsay Irwin addressed Nancy and her family to thank them for inviting everyone to their farm and home.
“Thank you so much – we really, really enjoyed this trip,” Lyndsay said. “We get so much out of it and we have so much fun coming here.”
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