Garden Terrace residents forget about the cold during Beach Day
Life enrichment team creates a tropical-themed celebration to bring sunshine to residents
Although the thermometer was hovering around the -9 C mark on Feb. 23, it was a sunny, warm day inside Garden Terrace when the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home hosted a beach party day for residents.
In the midst of a cold-weather streak, Garden Terrace residents and staff members were in need of some tropical sun, so the life enrichment team offered an afternoon party filled with tropical music, refreshments and activities.
The event was organized by life enrichment aide (LEA) Sheila Ross. Garden Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Rachael King is encouraging LEAs to embrace their strengths and interests to create activities for residents, and Sheila stepped forward to organize a beach party.
Life enrichment team members decorated the Garden Terrace cafe with a tropical beach theme, including a tiki bar sign, and attendees were provided with leis.
Residents and team members were encouraged to dress in their favourite warm-weather gear as they watched each other sing karaoke while sipping on non-alcoholic piña coladas.
Rachael says Sheila’s idea for a beach party proved to be just what everyone needed, adding the event garnered lots of interest from residents who were eager to escape the cold for some fun in the sun.
“The residents were really excited and some of them even came down early,” she tells The OMNIway.
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