Colourful snowmen bring back winter memories for Springdale residents

With residents’ input, staff members Keyanna O’Rourke and Patricia Stein built two snowmen on their own time for residents to enjoy

Frosty, the world’s most famous snowman, first came to life in a song during the early 1950s, and two Springdale Country Manor team members recently tried to bring that magic to residents of the Peterborough County long-term care home.

Life enrichment aide Keyanna O’Rourke and registered practical nurse Patricia Stein returned to Springdale Country Manor after their shift recently to build two snowmen outside the home for the residents to enjoy.

It was, perhaps, the last chance to build snowmen before the warmer spring weather arrives.

The snowmen are visible through the dining room windows, and Keyanna and Patricia wanted residents to be able to enjoy the snowy figures during their meals, explains Sonia Murney, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

Keyanna and Patricia decorated the snowmen with coloured spray paint, hats, mitts and even the traditional carrot for noses. Residents were asked how they wanted the snowmen to look, and the two team members followed their advice, Sonia says.

“Due to the sun shining, a few repairs had to happen with encouragement and direction from the residents,” Sonia says. “This made some magical memories of snowball fights, fort building, snow angels and tobogganing.”

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