Enthusiasm from staff members ensures residents get a Halloween to remember
Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Christina Doughty is commending her colleagues at the Cobourg long-term care home for their strong enthusiasm which gave residents a Halloween to remember.
Of note, Christina says life enrichment aide Tracey Neville, who has a knack for putting makeup on people and getting residents dressed up in Halloween gear, particularly shined this year, getting residents ready for the day’s events.
“The makeup on some of those residents was priceless,” Christina tells The OMNIway. “Tracey had the residents dressed up to the nines. The staff and residents take Halloween pretty seriously.”
There was a Halloween bingo in the afternoon, and then a Halloween party in the evening of Oct. 31.
Christina says residents’ family members also played a large role in ensuring their loved ones enjoyed Halloween.
“Our family members are very committed and engaging, so they brought in some costumes prior to Halloween,” Christina says. “When Tracey came on, she took over the makeup, which just enhanced everything.”
Over the years Streamway Villa has built a large collection of costumes that are always at the ready, so those residents who did not have costumes brought in for them had a plethora of designs to choose from, Christina says.
Adding to the fun was the high level of participation from staff members.
“The staff involvement this Halloween was the best I have seen in the eight years that I have been here,” Christina says. “I don’t think there was one staff member who wasn’t dressed up.”
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