Garden Terrace fall fair brings back favourite autumn memories for residents

‘They loved it; they said it was really nice to be outside and that it took them back to when they were kids’

Garden Terrace team members recently organized a fall fair for the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home’s residents that was highlighted by a corn roast and a visit from some exotic animals.

The Sept. 15 event was held outside the home and also included a photo booth, music and a gift basket draw.

Initially, the plan was to bring farm animals to Garden Terrace, but instead, the life enrichment team turned to the Zoo Crew, a company that handles a wide variety of unique animals.

Animals the Zoo Crew brought to the fall fair included a variety of snakes, rodents and turtles. Residents could have their photos taken with the creatures.

The fall fair also included a traditional autumn favourite: an outdoor corn roast.

Life enrichment co-ordinator Rachael King went to Hudson’s Farm Fresh Produce to buy ears of corn for everyone to enjoy. The life enrichment and nutritional care teams shucked and cooked the corn cobs for the event. Apple pie was also served at the corn roast.

The fall fair included a gift basket draw to help raise money for the Garden Terrace residents’ council. The main-prize basket was filled with autumn-themed items, including jams and decorations, and all proceeds went to the council.

Fall fairs have been a tradition shared by many cities and towns across Ontario for decades. Many residents have fond memories of attending fairs in their hometowns, and the event proved to be an opportunity for them to reminisce, Rachael says.

“They loved it; they said it was really nice to be outside and that it took them back to when they were kids – they really enjoyed it,” she says.

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