Streamway opts for healthy ‘fruit barbecue’ in lieu of annual pool party

To keep everyone comfortable during the August heatwave, barbecued pineapple and watermelon were enjoyed in the shade

Every August, team members at Streamway Villa organize a summer pool party for residents. But with the recent heatwave and high humidity, staff wanted to keep everyone comfortable, so they changed things up this year and created a healthy barbecue for everyone instead.

During the Aug. 18 event, team members fired up the home’s barbecue and prepared pineapple rings and watermelon that were slightly singed and served up on paper plates.

Residents and staff members at the Cobourg, Ont. long-term care home enjoyed the day, says life enrichment co-ordinator Laurie Kracht, adding it was a welcomed change to beat the heat.

“The barbecue was our annual pool party, but the weather was just so hot,” she tells The OMNIway. “We were going to also have a bonfire, but the heat was just too much.”

With the mercury hovering above the 30-degree mark, a few residents decided to stay in the shade under the gazebo in the home’s courtyard or inside where it was cool.

While there was no pool this year, there was plenty of water, Laurie notes.

For some added fun, water guns were brought out and residents and staff members who didn’t mind getting a little wet could cool off with a soaking, she says.

“Instead of doing something big, we kept it simple,” Laurie says.

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