Fun-filled week at Maplewood includes a ‘deer hunt’ and a travelling food cart

Activities like this ‘help with the loneliness we all may be experiencing during this pandemic,’ says administrator

The Maplewood team recently hosted a fun-filled week for the Brighton, Ont. long-term care home’s residents that was highlighted by a “deer hunt” and the life enrichment team transforming a mobile snack cart into both a hot dog and banana-split stand.

Life enrichment aide (LEA) Lynanne Campbell saw a Facebook post recently about a mock deer hunt that was organized by a long-term care home on Manitoulin Island. The activity had staff members dress up as deer and residents were tasked to “hunt the deer” with Nerf guns.

Lynanne gathered the needed supplies, starting with her own costumes which include many animals. She then transformed the dining room into a “forest”. She enlisted the help of residents and staff.

“What followed was genuine happiness,” Maplewood administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator Rachel Corkery tells The OMNIway.

“It was truly awesome.”

Rachel says Lynanne and fellow LEA Rosanne Blackburn also harnessed their creative flair and dressed up as food-cart vendors to serve hot dogs and banana splits during the week of Jan. 3 to Jan. 9.

Not only was Maplewood’s mobile snack cart transformed to match the theme of the day, there was also music played to match the theme, Rachel notes.

Rachel underscores the difference activities like this make to residents and Maplewood team members.

“It truly is amazingly creative,” she says. “(These activities) help with the loneliness we all may be experiencing during this pandemic and all the restrictions.”

Rachel also commends the life enrichment team for adapting so well to the changes that have affected the home since the global COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020.

“Yes, our activities have changed, yes, we all wear masks, we miss our families, but the fun and laughter hasn’t changed,” she says.

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