Happy Meals bring smiley faces to West Lake residents

McDonald’s day went so well the home is looking to add a fast-food meal as a special treat during end-of-month birthday celebrations

West Lake Terrace residents had a hankering from some takeout food, something they’ve been missing since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago, and some community collaboration between the Prince Edward County long-term care home and a local McDonald’s restaurant made sure they had Happy Meals that were happy meals.

During West Lake Terrace’s recent Beat the Winter Blahs Week, an annual five-day event in February organized by the life enrichment team to keep spirits high during one of the coldest months, team members organized a McDonald’s day for residents.

Life enrichment co-ordinator Janie Denard reached out to the McDonald’s in Picton to ask if the restaurant could help with a large order of Happy Meals – the famous boxes from the Golden Arches that contain a hamburger, fries and a drink – for residents.

The restaurant offered to donate cookies and mini doughnuts for dessert, a kind gesture that Janie says helped make everyone’s day even more special.

“It was so well-received by residents,” Janie tells The OMNIway. “When I went in to pick up our order, (the McDonald’s staff) were fantastic – as a team, they worked so well together, I was just flabbergasted.”

The cookies and doughnuts hit the spot with everyone, Janie adds.

“That was a lovely addition to the day,” she says.

Janie says the McDonald’s day was such a hit with residents that she and Diane King, the home’s nutritional care manager, have decided to host a fast-food day on the last Wednesday of every month to go along with monthly birthday celebrations.

Janie says residents were in need of an event like the McDonald’s day.

“A lot of the residents have not been able to get out (since the pandemic began) to get a meal, so this was great,” she says.

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