Garden Terrace Apple Fest proves to be a ‘fruitful’ way to start autumn

LEA Dakota Lynch created the program, which centred on apple pies and a fall-inspired craft

With summer coming to an end and autumn on the horizon, a Garden Terrace team member was recently inspired to create a fall-themed program to engage the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home’s residents.

Life enrichment aide Dakota Lynch came up with the idea to organize Apple Fest to celebrate the coming autumn season. She decided to focus the event on two things the fall season is known for: trees losing their leaves and apples.

On Sept. 8, the residents were treated to Apple Fest. The life enrichment team provided residents with apple pies and apple cider which everyone enjoyed.

Garden Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Rachael King says Apple Fest proved to be the perfect way to launch the fall season.

“We wanted to kick off fall with apple pies and apple cider,” she tells The OMNIway.

After their apple pie and cider, about 15 residents broke into groups and made an autumn-themed craft: fall trees made from tissue paper.

Once the trees were complete, residents hung their creations on their doors as seasonal ornaments.

Rachael commends Dakota for coming up with a program idea that proved to be meaningful for residents.

“She thought it would be a cool idea to have Apple Fest for the residents, and the residents really enjoyed the day,” she says.

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