Homes host parties to celebrate a favourite tradition
November 4, 2013 — Deron Hamel
OMNI Health Care long-term care homes celebrated Halloween, a favourite holiday amongst residents and staff members, on Oct. 31 and residents and staff members had a ball, say organizers.
Streamway Villa and Frost Manor were busy last week planning activities for residents, some of which brought a unique twist to Halloween parties.
At Streamway Villa in Cobourg, the morning exercise class was given a Halloween theme: “Monster Mash Fun and Fitness,” that saw Halloween songs played.
There was also Halloween bingo and all residents received sweets and Halloween prizes. Some residents who opted out of bingo carved pumpkins and decorated Halloween cupcakes.
In the evening, the Bernard Sisters, a sister act that has been entertaining OMNI home residents for many years, was on hand that day.
“Residents looked amazing — we had priests, Mother Theresa, chefs, clowns, witches, pirates (and) spice racks,” says life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Christina Verleysen.
Staff members also did an “amazing job” dressing up, too, she adds. “We have Si from Duck Dynasty, a flapper girl, Raggedy Ann and brother (Andy), a hockey fan (and a) pirate.”
At Frost Manor in Lindsay, residents and staff members dressed up in an array of costumes for that home’s Halloween shindig. Costumes included an angel, a witch and a police officer amongst others.
The day before Halloween was an intergenerational craft day. Students from St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School came dressed in costumes.
LEC Vi O’Leary commends staff members for their hard work, adding their efforts paid off.
“The residents loved it,” she says.
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