With many staff members away on holidays, ESM came up with an idea to liven things up
To “beat the heat” last week, Riverview Manor hosted a week of fun activities that engaged residents and staff members at the Peterborough long-term care home.
The week was the brainchild of environmental services manager (ESM) Crystal Post. Her department and the life enrichment team collaborated to create the event.
Since many staff members are on holidays, people’s workload can increase, so Crystal wanted to host a fun week to keep everyone’s spirits up, she says.
The fun week started on Monday, July 31 with Jersey Day, where staff could wear their favourite sports team gear. Tuesday was Crazy Hat Day, Wednesday was Hawaiian Day, Thursday was 1980s and 1990s Day and Friday was Mexican Day.
Because food is always important to celebrations, ice-cream treats were served on Hawaiian Day and beef fajitas, courtesy of life enrichment co-ordinator Sherry Baldwin, were served on Friday.
While not everyone participated in the week’s events by dressing up, Crystal says staff members had fun and a laugh, which was the result she was hoping to see.
“Even just having a few people dress up … makes everyone have a good laugh, and they can enjoy something different,” Crystal says.
Some staff members got creative, Crystal says, noting one team member dressed up in a Pac-Man costume he’d made for the 1980s and 1990s Day.
There were even staff members working the evening shift who got dressed up for the 1980s and 1990s Day as well as for the Hawaiian Day, Crystal says.
“You don’t always see participation from the night shift, so that was great to see,” she says.
Crystal also created a poster board in the service hallway to promote the week as well as to feature photos taken throughout the event.
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