Connections with Brighton strong, vital for home: administrator
Trumpets, trombones and conversation were drawing cards for Maplewood residents to head downtown Brighton this past summer.
The small town holds concerts on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. The long-term care home is near enough to the core that residents can walk there if they wish.
Rachel Corkery, administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC), says attending community events or popping out to get ice cream are important activities for Maplewood residents.
“(It’s about) being connected to the community and taking part in community events, not just Maplewood events,” Rachel tells The OMNIway.
“As soon as they start having the concerts in the park, we go down every Wednesday.”
Depending on residents’ interest, team members escort an average of four or five residents to Memorial Park for the concerts. Some additional residents will venture out with family members to take in the show.
A couple of residents who use electric wheelchairs meander downtown on their own.
“They’ve loved it all summer. It’s always a really nice event,” Rachel says. The residents particularly enjoyed the big band concert with trumpets and trombones.
“They’re going down for the appreciation of music, yes, but it’s the connections they make when they’re there” that are really important.
Maplewood had a great summer in general, the administrator says.
Another highlight included a local car club bringing its collectible and/or classic cars to Maplewood.
Residents enjoyed live music, a food truck and interacting with a number of car enthusiasts.
Also during the warm weather, residents, staff and volunteers would go downtown and grab ice cream.
“I’m so glad we are so connected with our community and close to downtown. We still get to do those things so easily,” Rachel notes.
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