The walls of Maplewood were recently covered with Wild West-style wanted posters featuring photos of residents and staff members at the Brighton, Ont. long-term care home.
It was part of a Western-themed day organized on June 18 by Rosanne Blackburn, a life enrichment aide (LEA) at the home who is often coming up with creative, fun and engaging programming ideas.
In addition to the wanted posters was a “cowboy photo booth” where people could have fun pictures taken. Residents could also enjoy a drink while playing horseshoes.
For lunch, the nutritional care team prepared a Western-themed meal.
“The kitchen staff prepared ‘cowboy casserole’ and chicken chili for the menu,” Rosanne tells The OMNIway. “Staff also dressed up and the residents wore cowboy hats.”
A group of team members, dressed in their finest cowgirl gear, did a dance for residents after being ushered in by Maplewood administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator Rachel Corkery.
“Rachel introduced us cowgirls with our special cowgirl names just before lunchtime,” Rosanne says.
Rosanne adds that the fun continued over the weekend, with LEA Lynanne Campbell making banana splits for everyone on Father’s Day.
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