Country Terrace residents sending special Christmas photos to their families this year

Residents have been having their photos taken as part of new project designed by the life enrichment team

Country Terrace residents had special Christmas photos taken this year to send to their loved ones this holiday season. Pictured above, Ken McKaig; bottom left, Harriet Clayton; bottom right, Helen Harloff.

Thanks to some creative thinking from the life enrichment team, Country Terrace residents each have a special gift to send their loved ones this holiday season.

Team members recently came up with the idea for every resident of the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home to have their photo taken in front of a Christmas backdrop.

The photos are being sent to residents’ family members with accompanying Christmas cards residents have made.

The idea came about when life enrichment staff members asked life enrichment co-ordinator Christie Patterson if residents could have a “picture day” at the home. Christie was on board, and the team ordered a Christmassy backdrop from Amazon.

The backdrop features a white brick fireplace – with Christmas stockings hung above it – and a mantel with covered with candles. The backdrop also includes a Christmas wreath and, of course, a Christmas tree in the foreground.

And it so happens the team has a talented photographer to capture residents’ Christmas cheer.

Country Terrace administrator Karen Dann has a knack for picture taking – along with a professional camera and tripod – so her services were called in.

Christie says a strong team effort from across the home helped make this project successful.

“We have designated a wing of the home every morning (for residents’ portraits), and the PSWs (personal support workers) help get the residents ready, and we provide the background and some props and away we go,” Christie tells The OMNIway, adding residents have been “excited” about having their pictures taken.

“We have even had some staff jumping in to do candid photos, so that was kind of a nice way to lift their spirits in December.”

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