‘Crazy hat day’ continues Pleasant Meadow’s mission to end winter blues

Pleasant Meadow Manor residents and staff pose with their “crazy hats” on Feb. 24.

Pleasant Meadow Manor residents and staff pose with their “crazy hats” on Feb. 24.

‘Residents and staff have been interacting more and having fun’

“Crazy hat day” is the latest instalment in Pleasant Meadow Manor’s ongoing program to fend off the winter blues at the Norwood long-term care home.

On Feb. 24, residents, families and staff members at the 61-bed home donned their favourite funny hats in an effort to pick up everyone’s spirit, during the midst of the coldest weather Ontario has had this year.

Life enrichment co-ordinator Chris Garden says residents and staff members sometimes feel down in the dumps during the height of winter. Inclement weather, she notes, prevents outdoor activities and being indoors all the time becomes monotonous.

Fortunately, the life enrichment department’s efforts have paid off. Garden says the home has hosted theme days for a few years and the events always have a positive impact on everyone. This year’s events, organized by life enrichment aide Tiffany Martell, have been no exception.

“(The events) have lightened up the mood and the residents have been smiling and laughing,” Garden tells The OMNIway. “Residents and staff have been interacting more and having fun. … Everybody’s sick of the snow and the cold weather, so this has brightened up everybody’s day a little bit.”

These activities nurture OMNI Health Care’s core value of “fun and laughter.” OMNI’s website explains the importance of this value.

“We nurture an atmosphere that is filled with fun and laughter, warmth and enthusiasm – an atmosphere that emphasizes the brighter side of life,” the site says. “Where we can share with others the zeal for life’s small joys, together we can partake in those moments that recognize how vital life is.”

As part of its campaign to beat the winter blues, the home hosted “pyjama day” on Feb. 10. A western-themed program is being planned in two weeks.

If you have a story you would like to share with The OMNIway, please contact the newsroom at 800-294-0051, ext. 23, or e-mail deron(at)axiomnews.com.

If you have feedback on this story, please call the newsroom at 800-294-0051, ext. 23, or e-mail deron(at)axiomnews.com.