Tea and Toast program gets Springdale residents reminiscing
‘We have heard so many great personal stories’
A new reminiscing program at Springdale Country Manor is proving to be successful at engaging the Peterborough County long-term care home’s residents – and all it takes is a loaf of thinly sliced bread, a stick of butter and a pot of tea.
The Tea and Toast program is the brainchild of life enrichment aide (LEA) Michelle Geeves, who wanted to develop a program for residents that would get them chatting and sharing stories from their past.
Michelle will set a table with cups, saucers, plates, toast slices and a pot of tea. She’ll then invite residents to sit down for a chat. She will have a list of questions with her to prompt discussions.
These questions will include everything from “Where were you when Elvis died?” to “What kinds of fruits and vegetables did you preserve in the summertime?”
And lots of great conversations have stemmed from these questions, Michelle says.
“We have heard so many great personal stories,” she tells The OMNIway.
Michelle developed the Tea and Toast program several years ago when she worked for the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON).
The program worked so well she decided to try it out with Springdale Country Manor residents, and she hasn’t looked back.
The beauty of the program, Michelle says, is that once a question is asked, the answers residents give will lead to more discussions on another topic – and those discussions will lead to more chatting.
“This is why the program works so well,” Michelle says.
But there are two things Michelle has discovered that are needed for the Tea and Toast program to work well at Springdale.
“The toast has to be thin and there has to be real butter – never margarine, only real butter,” she says. “The residents won’t have it any other way.”
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