Frost Manor residents and staff spent a day in their jammies

Frost Manor life enrichment team members, from left, Amy Whitehead, Kim Williams, Jesse Fraser and Lyndsay Burton, dressed up for National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day on April 16.

The home’s first celebration of National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day brought residents and staff together for a fun activity that was enjoyed by all

Frost Manor residents and staff members practically didn’t get out of bed on April 16.

That’s because the Lindsay long-term care home was celebrating National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day, which encourages people to go to work in their PJs, nightcaps, gowns, sleep masks and slippers.

Frost Manor resident Laurent Gagnon and his daughter Helene Waddell are pictured above in their PJs.

Life enrichment co-ordinator Lyndsay Burton encouraged residents and team members to wear their nightclothes that day and most did.

“We thought, ‘why not bring this to the residents and staff and have a wonderful spirit day for them?’” Lyndsay says. “It was a ton of fun, and everybody was asking if we could do this once a week. … It was so fun to see the staff and residents join in on the fun.”

Lyndsay notes that a unique aspect of the event was that with nearly all residents and staff members dressed in their Pjs, it put everyone on the same plane.

“We were all participating together. The residents are used to seeing staff wearing scrubs, so they were seeing them in a different light and they were seeing a different side to their personality,” she says.

Prizes were awarded to residents and staff members for the “comfy award” and best-dressed.

Lyndsay has a calendar citing every “national day” throughout the year, which is where she got the idea to celebrate National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day. She tries to create as many programs and activities as she can that centre on themes for these days.

Given the success of the first celebration of National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day, Lyndsay says there will likely be another event next year at Frost Manor.

“And I am pretty sure it will be even bigger next year,” she says.

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