Home brings back ‘50s, smiles to residents’ faces

An Elvis Presley impersonator provides entertainment during West Lake Terrace's annual family barbecue.

An Elvis Presley impersonator provides entertainment at West Lake Terrace.

West Lake Terrace holds annual family barbecue

With the decor of a 1950s high school dance, seniors sang and watched in delight as the young great-granddaughter of a resident stole the show with her moves.

West Lake Terrace was alive with family, fun and laughter Aug. 20 when the Picton-area long-term care home hosted 130 people for a meal and entertainment.

The fact it rained during the annual barbecue for residents, family and staff was a blessing in disguise, says life enrichment co-ordinator Janie Butler. The weather shifted plans indoors and created a warmer, more intimate experience, she notes.

Staff members hung cut-out paper records, pictures of juke boxes and posters of Elvis Prestley and Buddy Holly on the walls of the dining room to create the nostalgic feel.

“The main highlight for me was seeing all of our residents so happy,” Butler tells The OMNIway.

“I haven’t seen so many smiles in one room at one time (in awhile).”

She says a few people who don’t always participate in activities took part in the event. Some of the residents danced to the live entertainment provided by Elvis Prestley and Buddy Holly impersonators.

The home served hamburgers, fresh county corn, salads, baked beans, cake and fruit kabobs.

Volunteer Audrey Sheffield donated a hand- knit blanket to be raffled and West Lake held a 50-50 draw to benefit resident activities. The home also received a donation of $500 towards residents’ activities from Charlene Carr, sister of Donna Nugent, a resident of West Lake Terrace.

“The residents are still raving about what a great time they had on Thursday night,” Butler says.

“Even though Mother Nature moved the event indoors this year, a great time was had by all.”

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