Animated Maplewood entertainer gets residents moving

Residents and staff members of Maplewood dance to the entertainment provided by Harvey & Friends.

Men, women sing, dance to oldies

The sound of voices singing Tom Jones’ Delilah trails out of the dining room at Maplewood.

Inside, residents are tapping their toes, clapping their hands and singing along on a spring afternoon at the Brighton long-term care home.

And, there’s dancing. Whether they’re moving to the music on foot or in their wheelchairs, the smiles are abundant and authentic.

Harvey Bujold from Harvey & Friends, who’s leading the entertainment session, approaches residents who use wheelchairs and takes them for a spin on the dance floor.

John Denver’s tune, I’ve Been Working on the Railroad, stirs many residents and staff members to sing aloud and along with the tune.

Rachel Corkery, Maplewood’s administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC), says Harvey & Friends is a popular and unique program at the 69-bed OMNI Health Care home.

“He plays the oldies, sings and he’s very animated,” Rachel tells The OMNIway.

Harvey moves around the room and after dancing with a resident in a wheelchair, he gently kisses her cheek.

“He has always liked older people,” says Marlene Bujold, Harvey’s wife.

“And he likes to be active.”

Harvey entertains at nine long-term care homes in communities including Brighton, Marmora, Belleville, Sterling and Deseronto.

Read more about Harvey and his passion for seniors and entertainment in an upcoming story in The OMNIway.

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