‘Hunting’ for a great idea to engage male LTC residents? Streamway Villa has the answer

Streamway Villa residents are seen here looking at a pelt exhibit at the Mario Cortellucci Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre in Peterborough.

Streamway Villa residents are seen here looking at a pelt exhibit at the Mario Cortellucci Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre in Peterborough.

Trip to Peterborough hunting and wildlife museum a hit for the guys

A recent trip to the Mario Cortellucci Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre in Peterborough proved to be an excellent opportunity to engage a group of men living at Streamway Villa.

Finding meaningful activation for gentlemen in long-term care homes can be challenging but this outing hit the spot on all counts, says Christina Verleysen, the Cobourg long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC).

“The engagement level I saw was amazing,” she tells The OMNIway. “The men who had enjoyed hunting or fishing really enjoyed it. Even the residents who had never hunted or fished before really enjoyed the outing.”

Verleysen adds the home has several younger male residents and the outing was especially interesting to these gentlemen.

During their visit, residents were shown a 45-minute video that “thoroughly engaged” everyone, Verleysen says. Residents were also shown several of the museum’s attractions, including pelts, an aquarium and taxidermy exhibits.

Residents also asked many questions throughout their visit, which was encouraging to see, Verleysen says.

The LEC says a trip to the museum is something she recommens to other long-term care homes in the area looking for ways to engage male residents.

“The staff at the museum were so helpful – they explained everything very well to the residents,” Verleysen says. “They provided everything that we needed.”

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