Creative staff turned Village Green into a jungle and pirate ship this year

Creativity is one of OMNI Health Care’s core values, and it’s a value the Village Green team embraced in 2021, resulting in fun, memorable programs for residents.

In April, Village Green residents were treated to an African safari that included a tour where they spotted different animals and learned about several creatures that live in a jungle habitat.

The life enrichment team and Griffin Newton, a co-op placement student at the time, led residents through the Greater Napanee long-term care home on a safari to search out the variety of “animals” that were made from pieces of cardboard cut into the shapes of different creatures and then painted by Griffin and his family.

The animals were created with “amazing” detail, Village Green life enrichment co-ordinator Ulana Orrick noted.

Residents and their safari guides walked through Village Green looking for tigers, gazelles and other animals that one may spot on a safari.

Ulana said the activities from Safari Day met residents’ needs on many levels. Aside from being fun and educational for residents, the day also had social aspects and also proved to be a way to get people exercising.

“Walking in the halls, they were exercising without even realizing it,” Ulana said.

In September, team members once again changed the home’s ambiance, this time turning the activity room into a pirate ship and marking it with the jolly roger flag for High Seas Adventure Day.

Team members dressed up in pirate costumes and residents could put on a pirate hat embossed with the skull and crossbones to have their photos taken.

Residents were treated to a variety of pirate-themed activities throughout the day that included an educational session on the history of pirates, a game of pirate bingo and even digging for hidden treasure.

There was also a high seas-themed exercise class many residents participated in. Residents were even “certified” as pirates for the day, Ulana said.

“Residents were given a pirate name and an honorary pirate certificate,” she said.

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