Flower arranging and harpist performance mark Garden Terrace pre-Mother’s Day celebration

Residents enjoy first Mother’s Day event with full programming in two years

The residents of Garden Terrace were treated to pre-Mother’s Day activities and entertainment on May 6 to mark the first time the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home has celebrated the occasion with larger programming since the pandemic began in 2020.

In the morning, the life enrichment team helped residents with a craft for Mother’s Day. Residents were provided small watering cans that they were able to fill with flower arrangements to keep as Mother’s Day gifts or to give to a loved one or friend.

“The residents really liked it – there were lots of smiles on their faces,” life enrichment co-ordinator Rachael King tells The OMNIway. “It was really nice for them.”

Due to restrictions in place to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the past two Mother’s Days have been quiet occasions. But since restrictions have eased, residents were able to do more programming this year.

The positive impact this is having is evident in the photos taken during the floral arrangement activity, where “everyone looks happy,” Rachael notes.

In the afternoon, residents were treated to a performance from a harpist which was enjoyed by all.

Residents were also given Mother’s Day cards and a flower, courtesy of Garden Terrace team members. Residents were also treated to a special meal when Mother’s Day arrived May 8.

Rachael says the Mother’s Day programming meant a lot to the residents.

“It has been different these past two Mother’s Days, but it’s nice to be able to celebrate (the mothers) because they deserve it,” she says.

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