Frost Manor becomes a ‘big-top tent’ in August

The ongoing pandemic has meant team members have had to tap into their creativity to develop fun, yet safe, activities for residents

Frost Manor has been transformed into a “big-top tent” throughout August and residents of the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home could not be happier.

The life enrichment team has decorated the main lounge and small dining room to look like a carnival. Staff members have decorated the walls with images of a ferris wheel, roller coasters and a merry-go-round.

“We have tried to make it look like a carnival in here,” life enrichment co-ordinator Lyndsay Burton says.

Every year the Frost Manor life enrichment team treats residents to a month-long themed event that embraces the OMNI Health Care core value of fun and laughter.

This year the life enrichment team elected to create a carnival atmosphere throughout August that includes a variety of activities the team has developed to engage residents.

There have been many games and events the team has created that have a carnival theme, and prizes – such as chocolate bars or Cheezies – have been a favourite part of the events for residents, Lyndsay says.

“For the whole month we’ve tried to gear towards having a lot of prizes for the residents to win, and after they win a prize the residents get to spin a prize wheel which will determine the prize they receive,” Lyndsay explains.

Lyndsay says creating the carnival-themed month has been a learning curve for the life enrichment team because of protocols in place due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, but everyone has adapted well.

She adds that the pandemic has also resulted in the team having to think outside the box in order to create meaningful, fun, yet safe, activities for residents.

“COVID has put a bit of a damper on entertainment, so we have really tried to pull together our creative side and make sure that they’re still able to have fun and exciting programs for the summer,” Lyndsay says.

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