Frost Manor residents live it up at Camp Cherokee

Pictured above, Frost Manor residents and staff are en route to Camp Cherokee on Rice Lake on Aug. 30.

Pictured above, Frost Manor residents and staff are on a bus heading to Camp Cherokee on Rice Lake.

Collaboration with Extendicare Kawartha Lakes provides a 3-day outing full of fun and laughter

Frost Manor resident Grace Leslie says her first trip to Rice Lake with seven other residents of the Lindsay long-term care home was memorable.

She is especially happy to report that although she didn’t think she was going to be able to take a pontoon-boat ride during Frost Manor’s annual trip to Camp Cherokee, staff at the camp made sure she got on board.

Leslie, who uses a wheelchair, didn’t think she’d be able to get on the boat, even though she wanted to take the trip.

“I said, ‘park me in the shade and I will wait until you come back. But (the camp staff member) said, no I’d like to take you,’ so they got me on the boat. I got to sit at the front,” Leslie says. “It was a lot of fun – that was my first time to Rice Lake.”

For 12 years, Frost Manor and other long-term care homes in the region have collaborated to create outings for residents that are both meaningful and cost-effective. This year the Frost Manor group was joined by seven residents as well as staff members from Extendicare Kawartha Lakes.

Some years Frost Manor has collaborated with as many as four other long-term care homes in the region to make the outing possible.

This year’s outing, which was from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, included two barbecues and a dance night.

Life enrichment co-ordinator Vi O’Leary says the residents always had something to do during their three-day stay.

“They played cards, they had happy hour two days in a row. There was lovely weather and there was no agenda – the residents were on holidays and they could do whatever they wanted to do,” she says.

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