Door decorating contest ushers in the holiday season at West Lake Terrace

‘We haven’t done anything like this before, so we said, let’s do this’

West Lake Terrace is launching a door-decorating contest today to bring residents, their family members and staff together for some creative fun while ushering in the holiday season at the Prince Edward County long-term care home.

Participants have been provided a list of all the doors at West Lake Terrace, and each team gets to reserve a door to decorate with a winter or holiday season theme, explains Janie Denard, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

Some doors will be decorated by teams of residents and staff members, while some residents have paired up with family members for the contest, Janie notes.

The contest’s judging will be done by a group of residents during the morning of Dec. 1. They will choose their three favourite door designs.

Prizes for the contest have been donated by supplier Handicare Canada.

Janie explains how the idea for the contest came about.

“My staff and I were talking about something we could do differently this year to shake things up,” she tells The OMNIway. “We haven’t done anything like this before, so we said, ‘let’s do this.’ ”

Janie says another benefit of the contest is that it’s providing an opportunity for residents and their family members who are essential caregivers to work together on a project, something they’ve not been able to do much of because of pandemic protocols.

As a testament to the high level of engagement the contest has garnered, one group of West Lake Terrace team members working on weekends booked an entire hallway shortly after the contest was announced, Janie says.

“The staff are really excited about this, and there has been lots of chatter about what they are doing,” she says, adding the contest is promoting lots of friendly competition.

“I am looking forward to seeing the results.”

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