Springdale residents and staff enjoy ‘Halloween hoedown’

Springdale Country Manor resident Jane Adams is pictured here enjoying the “Halloween Hoedown” the life enrichment team organized.

There are two things most Springdale Country Manor residents love: Halloween and country music. So the Peterborough County long-term care home created a program that combined the spookiest day of the year with a country-western theme.

To keep residents and team members safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, activities were limited to small groups, but the engagement level was high and residents and staff had fun, says Springdale Country Manor life enrichment co-ordinator Sonia Murney.

“We had a celebration up front where residents could come up in small groups at a time in the afternoon, and there were all kinds of treats for them to have,” she says of the program, which was dubbed the Halloween Hoedown.

These treats included sarsaparilla, popcorn that looked like corn on the cob and licorice that looked like dynamite.

Residents and staff members dressed in their favourite cowgirl and cowboy attire. Sonia sported a costume that had her as a cowgirl sitting atop a bull.

And, of course, there was lots of country music for the residents to enjoy.

Team members also decorated the home with combined Halloween- and western-themed fixtures, such as hay bales topped with pumpkins and a signpost that included directions to the saloon, blacksmith shop and post office.

Sonia says the program proved to be a great way to bring residents and team members together in a fun way.

“(The Halloween Hoedown) was for everybody – both residents and staff – and we all had a lot of fun,” she says.

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Springdale residents treated to their first live entertainment since March

Performer Trevor Baker played country music for residents from outside the dining room window Oct. 5

SPRINGVILLE, Ont. – Springdale Country Manor residents were treated to their first live music entertainment since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, and they couldn’t have been happier.

While outside entertainers are still restricted from performing inside Ontario long-term care homes due to safety restrictions in place, Trevor Baker was able to perform country music during the lunch hour on Oct. 5 from outside in the courtyard while residents watched through the dining room window.

He performed for residents during both mealtime sittings.

During Trevor’s performance, Sonia Murney, the Peterborough County long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator, came outside to tell The OMNIway what was happening inside.

“When he first started playing, one resident wheeled herself right over to the window to listen because it has been months since residents have had live entertainment,” she said.

Sonia said since the pandemic began staff members have sung for residents and there have been karaoke programs, but it’s not the same as having professional entertainers come to play.

“The residents are really loving the music; it has been really nice for them. Some residents are even asking if he takes requests,” she said. “We’ve had requests for songs by George Strait and Travis Tritt.”

Given the success of Trevor’s outdoor performance, Springdale is hoping to provide dinnertime entertainment from the courtyard at some point, Sonia said.

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