A taste of Mexico comes to Frost Manor

Residents and team members celebrate Cinco de Mayo with activities, food and drink

It was fiesta time at Frost Manor on May 5 when the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home’s residents and team members celebrated the famed Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo.

The event was marked by Mexican-themed food, games and beverages.

In the morning, residents played a “fiesta shopping game”, which was similar to a grocery-item version of bingo residents play, according to life enrichment co-ordinator Amy Whitehead.

For lunch, the nutritional care team prepared a Mexican-style meal that included chicken quesadillas with avocado, salsa and sour cream. This was accompanied by a taco salad, which Amy says was “a very popular choice.”

In the afternoon, life enrichment aides went around Frost Manor delivering mocktail sangrias to residents.

Cinco de Mayo – which translates to “fifth of May” – honours the Mexican army’s defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, during the French occupation of Mexico.

Throughout the event, residents and team members had their photos taken to capture the fun everyone was having, Amy notes.

“It’s very hard to tell with masks on, but I promise everyone is smiling,” she says.

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‘Why not beat the winter blues away with Tropical Day’

Frost Manor sends residents to a warm beach during a fun and engaging daylong program

Even with the official coming of spring two days earlier, the cold winter weather was still hanging around in March, so the Frost Manor life enrichment team worked together to bring a sunny beach atmosphere to residents.

On March 23, the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home hosted Tropical Day to make residents feel as if they were on a Caribbean holiday.

Everyone was encouraged to dress in their favourite warm-weather gear, and a large number of residents wore clothing such as tropical shirts and leis to help them get into the spirit of the day, says Amy Whitehead, Frost Manor’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

Team members decorated the home with colourful props that included palm trees and pineapples.

During the afternoon, a drink cart stocked with two types of tropical mocktails – strawberry daiquiris and piña coladas – that were served with paper umbrellas made the rounds to offer residents a refreshing taste of the Caribbean.

There was also a variety of tropical fruit provided as a treat that was both tasty and nutritious.

In the evening, life enrichment aide Taylor Davies hosted a hula chair-dance program for residents.

Although the mercury was still showing sub-zero temperatures and the skies were grey, inside Frost Manor the decorations, refreshments and activities helped make everything feel warm and relaxing, Amy says.

“It was a really great day,” she says. “As we say, ‘why not beat the winter blues away with Tropical Day.’ ”

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Frost Manor goes green for St. Patrick’s Day

Residents and team members enjoy a fun day of activities, games and green beer

Frost Manor residents and staff members got into the spirit of toasting everything Irish on March 17 when the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home celebrated St. Patrick’s Day.

The day included crafts, games, and, of course, lots of green beer.

In the morning, the home’s life enrichment team organized a program where residents made St. Patrick’s Day crafts and were provided with refreshments.

In the afternoon, team members played “truth or Blarney”, a game similar to Truth or Fib that saw life enrichment team members read out a sentence related to either St. Patrick’s Day or Ireland, and residents would reply “truth” if they believed the statement to be true or “Blarney” if they thought the sentence was a fib.

Later, a cart offering green beer was brought around to residents so they could enjoy a traditional pint on St. Patrick’s Day.

Since no St. Patrick’s Day celebration would be complete without costumes, residents and team members were encouraged to dress in green or wear St. Patrick’s Day-themed attire.

The St. Patrick’s Day celebration is an annual event at Frost Manor, and it is one the residents and staff members enjoy, says Amy Whitehead, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

“Everyone had a lot of fun,” she says.

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Frost Manor NCM says working in LTC has added meaning to his culinary career

‘I wanted something a little more meaningful and more fulfilling,’ says Jeff Nedeljkovic

After 20 years of working in the kitchens of restaurants and resorts, Jeff Nedeljkovic says he was looking to shift gears with his career and move into a position that offered more meaning.

He says he found that at OMNI Health Care, working first as a cook at Riverview Manor in Peterborough, and three and a half years later working at Frost Manor in Lindsay, where he has been nutritional care manager (NCM) for the past five months.

“I’ve enjoyed it a lot,” Jeff says of being the Frost Manor NCM. “I like the team here at Frost; it’s a smaller home, it has a homey feel to it.”

Jeff says he has had a passion for cooking his entire life, but after years of cooking and managing restaurants he needed something different, and that’s when he discovered cooking in long-term care homes.

“I wanted something a little more meaningful and more fulfilling,” he says. “When I started at Riverview, it gave me that opportunity, and I enjoyed it a lot more than cooking in restaurants.”

Being served high-quality meals is important to people living in long-term care homes. Jeff says focusing his talents on creating meals residents enjoy adds substance to his work and has provided his career with the meaning he wanted.

Jeff says having a career with OMNI has also been a plus for him. He says he has received constant support from Frost Manor administrator Neil MacDonald, and Chris Weber, OMNI’s operations manager of nutrition and food services, since becoming Frost Manor’s NCM.

“The reason that I wanted to stick with OMNI is because of the support I have gotten in the past,” Jeff says. “(This support) has had a huge impact on why I am here.”

Jeff says working as Frost Manor’s NCM has been a learning experience. Looking ahead, he says he plans to continue learning the ropes of the NCM position and deliver the highest quality food service to residents.

“My main thing is I always want to be the best at what I do,” he says.

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Frost Manor sees success with new activities and old favourites in 2021

Frost Manor’s life enrichment team saw success with new programs delivered to residents of the Lindsay long-term care home as well as with some tried and proven favourites in 2021.

A new, unique program residents were introduced to this year combines drumming with exercise and meditation. The program, called DROM, a name derived from merging drumming techniques with the meditation chant called the “om”, encourages residents to beat stability balls with drumsticks and includes three segments.

Each session starts with a focus on breathing to relax everyone and get participants ready. The second segment is the “energized portion” where multiple songs for the drumming session are performed by residents drumming on stability balls to the beat of songs. The final segment, the “calming portion”, focuses on positive affirmation and meditation.

Life enrichment co-ordinator Amy Whitehead says the program, which is held in small groups to adhere to pandemic protocols, has been a big hit with residents.

“Everyone goes away feeling good and can carry on with their day on a positive note,” she told The OMNIway in July.

During the program, Amy teaches residents different drumming patterns and techniques, and residents beat their drumsticks on the stability balls to the rhythm of songs using these techniques.

“For one song, I got them to use their drumsticks (to the rhythm of) a song that had a trumpet session in it,” she says. “You can really get creative with all the different ways that you can drum.”

The team also brought back some favourite activities this year, including a special summertime program that has become a tradition at Frost Manor.

In August, team members set up a water slide next to the parking lot, and residents and staff members took turns zooming across the 50-foot slide in rubber tubes.

Residents sat in a plastic tube with straps attached at the sides and team members pulled them down the slide with the straps.

Frost Manor last hosted a water-slide day in summer 2019, and residents were happy to see it return, Amy said, noting the water-slide day was also the perfect way to keep everyone cool during a heatwave.

“The day was a lot of fun, she said. “The residents had lots of laughs watching people go down the slide. We made an afternoon of it and everyone had a great time.”

Since the water slide day went over so well with everyone, Amy said residents can look forward to having their own water park again in 2022.

“We will do it again next summer; it’s definitely worth it,” she said.

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Frost Manor gets Krispy Kremes for special treat day

Volunteer Helene Waddell donates boxes of the famous doughnuts for residents and staff to enjoy

Frost Manor residents and staff members were recently on the receiving end of some “sweet” kindness when boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts were delivered to the Lindsay long-term care home.

With so many doughnuts, team members organized a treat day for everyone.

The Krispy Kreme doughnuts – which are famous the world over for their sweet, rich flavour – were donated by Helene Waddell, who served as a volunteer at the home for many years.

Helene bought the doughnuts at a fundraiser hosted by a local dance company, Spotlight Dance Productions.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Helene has not been volunteering at Frost Manor, but she is still connected to the home and wanted to do something nice for residents and staff members, says Amy Whitehead, Frost Manor’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

To take things up a notch, the life enrichment team jazzed up the home’s tuck cart with the Krispy Kreme logo and the company’s colours – red, white and green – to deliver the doughnuts to residents.

Amy says team members had lots of fun making the cart, and the Krispy Kreme treat day was a big hit with everyone.

“It was great; the residents love treat days, but it was extra good for them because they got Krispy Kreme doughnuts, which are not available very often,” she tells The OMNIway.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Left to right, Frost Manor resident Joan Charlebois and life enrichment aides Sarah Thayer and Taylor Davies are seen here during Krispy Kreme day at the home.

Frost Manor LEAs’ creativity delivers a memorable Thanksgiving to residents

‘Thanksgiving was really a team event, and the LEAs did a great job’

Amy Whitehead is commending Frost Manor life enrichment aides (LEAs) for tapping into their creativity to help deliver a fun and engaging Thanksgiving to the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home’s residents.

Amy, Frost Manor’s life enrichment co-ordinator, says LEAs Sarah Thayer, Taylor Davies and Amanda Pendrith each brought their own talents to the table in the days leading up to the Thanksgiving weekend to create activities and programs that helped make the holiday memorable.

For instance, Sarah made a turkey out of construction paper and attached it to a wall where each month the life enrichment team creates a mural as part of a theme.

On Thanksgiving Day, Taylor encouraged residents to write something they are thankful for on the turkey’s feathers.

“The whole feathered area of the turkey now has all the things residents could think of that they are thankful for written on them, and some of them were really cute,” Amy tells The OMNIway.

“Some of them said bingo, and lots of them were about being here, having great food, and having great staff.”

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Amanda led an activity where residents made centrepieces. Each table had a centrepiece that was made by residents waiting for them when they sat down to enjoy their Thanksgiving dinner.

“Thanksgiving was really a team event, and the LEAs did a great job,” Amy says.

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Fun and laughter with a splash

Water-slide day returns to Frost Manor

A tried and proven, fun-filled event that is a favourite with residents returned to Frost Manor this summer, once again creating a big splash.

On Aug. 19, team members at the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home set up a water slide next to the parking lot, and residents and staff members took turns zooming across the 50-foot slide in rubber tubes.

Residents sat in a plastic tube with straps attached at the sides and team members pulled them down the slide with the straps.

Frost Manor last hosted a water-slide day in summer 2019, and residents were happy to see it return, says Amy Whitehead, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

Amy says the water-slide day was the perfect way to keep everyone cool during the August heatwave. Team members also set up a hydration station to provide everyone with cold drinks.

Amy notes this year’s slide was “new and improved.”

“It was a 50-foot slide with inflatable bumpers,” she tells The OMNIway. “The day was a lot of fun. The residents had lots of laughs watching people go down the slide. We made an afternoon of it and everyone had a great time.”

Since the water slide day went over so well with everyone, Amy says residents can look forward to having their own water park again next year.

“We will do it again next summer; it’s definitely worth it,” she says.

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Safari month takes Frost Manor residents on an in-house jungle trip

Decorations and activities have been centred on a safari theme for August

Anyone walking through Frost Manor this month will find themselves surrounded by an array of animals normally only seen in a jungle habitat.

That’s because August is “safari month” at the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home, and the animals on-site, which include a monkey, a giraffe, a tiger and an elephant, are among the creative decorations designed by the life enrichment team that are included in a mural on a wall in the activity room.

“We had safari month and it was a lot of fun,” Amy Whitehead, Frost Manor’s life enrichment co-ordinator, tells The OMNIway.

“We made our large dining room, small dining room and our lounge all look like a safari. … The residents really loved it. It has been a lot of fun this month.”

In addition to the mural, life enrichment aide Sarah Thayer, who is a skilled balloon artist, made animal balloons as well as a large safari Jeep that was put in the lounge.

Throughout August, games with jungle animal and safari themes have been prominent, Amy says.

“We had safari bingo, we had ‘feed the crocodile’, we had Hungry Hungry Hippos and ‘rhino ring toss’,” she says.

Every month the life enrichment team creates a theme to engage residents.

Amy explains how team members are inspired to create themes.

“We will have one idea in our head and take that and roll with it and make it into something much bigger than we had thought, which is wonderful,” she says.

Amy adds that some new Frost Manor team members got to experience the fun culture the home provides during safari month.

“We have had some new staff here, and when they saw everything that we’ve done, they thought it was awesome,” she says.

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Chair-dancing helped bring much-needed musical programming to Frost Manor during the pandemic

Aside from meeting musical needs, the program is also a great way to exercise

Exercise and fun – when you can bring these elements together in an activity for long-term-care home residents, you’re sure to have a successful program.

And that’s just what happened when the life enrichment team at Frost Manor created a chair-dancing program for residents of the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home that was enjoyable for residents and met the standards in place to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program involves life enrichment co-ordinator Amy Whitehead choreographing a routine and residents moving in their chairs to the rhythm of the music.

Before the pandemic began in March 2020, Frost Manor was hosting up to three live performances from musical entertainers per week. With safety restrictions in place, live entertainment has been on hold at Frost Manor and other long-term care homes across Ontario. The life enrichment team designed the chair-dancing program to help meet residents’ musical needs, Amy says.

Residents have been enjoying the chair-dancing program, which led to the creation of a drumming program The OMNIway profiled in a July 19 story.

But more than anything, it’s about having fun, Amy says.

“I always stress to them that it’s not about getting the moves perfectly right, it’s just bopping along to the music and having fun,” Amy tells The OMNIway.

“The biggest thing about all of these programs is just to have fun and get in that free-spirited mode. They are very much feel-good programs. …

“There was so much fun just laughing and moving and getting that music component back.”

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