Garden Terrace residents get makeovers during spa day

Getting dolled up not only made residents feel good, it brought back fond memories

A recent spa day at Garden Terrace that helped residents get made up and manicured also brought back fond memories of getting ready to go out and hit the town.

A volunteer named Roxane recently reached out to Garden Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Rachael King to offer residents of the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home makeovers.

Once pandemic restrictions relaxed, Roxane was able to come to the home and host a spa day for residents that saw them get their nails done and have makeup applied. Full safety protocols were in effect for the event.

“She did lipstick, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner, and they did eye pads, nail polish and hand massages,” Rachael tells The OMNIway, adding that about 15 residents were able to participate.

“The residents loved it. To get dolled up and look glamorous to go out and about is nice because some of them have been doing outings with their families, so they’re all dressed up and ready to hit the town.”

After their makeovers, residents asked to have their photos taken to show their new look.

Rachael says many of the residents have always enjoyed getting dressed up and having their makeup done, so there was a valuable reminiscing aspect to the spa day.

“It’s thinking about the good old days in a way; getting ready to get dressed up to go out and meet people and spend time with friends,” she says.

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