Shopping trip a hit with Willows Estate ladies

Willows Estate

Outing to local Walmart not only fun for residents, it also increases independence

For some women, sometimes a little retail therapy is in order. Such is the case for a group of female residents who live at Willows Estate.

The Aurora long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Teddy Mazzuca says going to Walmart is a popular outing for the women.

She recently booked a bus to take eight residents shopping. There are four staff members, two residents per aide. The trios browse through the store.

“A lot of our residents pick up treats like chips and crackers, makeup and the odd item of clothing,” the LEC says.
At noon, they meet for lunch at the McDonald’s in the Walmart.

“It’s close by and it’s a nice, shorter trip,” Teddy says.  “It’s just getting out, going into the public and being a bit more independent.”

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