Teamwork ensures annual resident and family party goes on as planned, despite the weather
When Kathy Barr arrived at Rosebridge Manor on the morning of July 27, it was pouring rain. The Jasper, Ont. long-term care home’s annual resident and family party was scheduled for that afternoon, and Kathy did not want to postpone the event.
In fact, the party had originally been scheduled in June, but that date also got rained out, much to everyone’s disappointment.
So, instead of cancelling, Kathy got together with a group of residents and, as a team, they decided to spruce up the activity room with decorations and host the event indoors.
Staff members from all departments chipped in, and the residents and their families were given their party.
“The kitchen went all out. The residents and I decorated (the home) – we put tissue-paper flowers all over the activity room to make it look as pretty as possible, and we had our flute player and guitarist come in to perform,” Kathy, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator, recalls.
“We had more than 30 residents and families come – even though it rained, quite a few family members turned up.”
Rosebridge Manor hosts a resident and family member party every summer with alternating themes. Last year’s party had a wedding theme.
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