Carnival day at Garden Terrace brings back fond memories for residents

‘They got to be kids again, and they loved that’

Garden Terrace residents were treated to a carnival at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home that embraced the OMNI Health Care value of fun and laughter and brought back lots of fond memories.

The July 9 carnival included a candy-floss machine, a target game played with bean bags, a T-shirt painting contest (done with a water gun) and carnival music.

Residents even got to give staff members a few pies in the face.

“Residents had a really fun time,” life enrichment co-ordinator Rachael King tells The OMNIway. “They got to have fun and not worry because it has been a tough year.

“Residents were able to reminisce from their childhood. … It was really nice to see.”

The carnival, which was held outdoors with pandemic safety protocols in effect, was the first large outdoor event for Garden Terrace residents this year.

Rachael says the residents enjoyed all the memories the carnival brought back for them.

And nothing says “great time” like throwing a pie at staff members, she laughs.

“They got to be kids again, and they loved that,” Rachael says. “And the cotton candy. They really liked the cotton candy.”

Other events residents are looking forward to in the coming weeks include outdoor entertainment, a visit from a local chip truck and, if everything goes as planned, a dunk tank on July 29 where residents will have a chance to soak Garden Terrace staff members.

“We’re trying to do as much as we can to keep the morale high,” Rachael says.

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