In-house parade highlights final day of Streamway Villa Olympics

Team members worked hard to decorate residents’ wheelchairs and walkers

When Streamway Villa concluded the Cobourg, Ont. long-term care home’s Olympic Games on July 30, staff members hosted a special parade for residents that was highlighted by a wheelchair and walker decorating contest.

“All the staff got involved and decorated all the residents’ wheelchairs and walkers, then we had a parade to show them all off,” Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator Laurie Kracht tells The OMNIway.

First place honours went to resident Alice Roberts, whose family members printed photos from the Streamway Villa Facebook page and attached them to her wheelchair with lights. Alice’s family members also decorated a hat she wore during the parade.

The second-place award went to resident Doug Carruthers, a farmer by trade, whose wheelchair was decorated as a Cub Cadet tractor by personal support worker Linda Norton, who came to the home on her own time to make sure Doug’s design would be a winner.

Third place honours went to a very “patriotic” resident, Emmett, “who loves Canada and always says we need to talk about our history to keep it alive,” Laurie says.

Throughout the week of July 26-30, the Cobourg, Ont. long-term care home celebrated the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games with a myriad of Olympic-themed events that engaged residents.

The parade capped off a memorable week for everyone.

“During the parade, we all had a really good laugh and we all needed it after the year we have had,” Laurie says.

Following the parade, Laurie bought pizza for all of the staff members who helped the residents decorate. She wanted to celebrate the team effort and hard work that went into organizing the Olympic-themed week.

“I was really proud of everyone that got involved because I know how busy everyone is,” Laurie says.

“I look forward to a non-pandemic world where we can really do more things as a team and show our residents how much we all love them – and, of course, have more really good laughs.”

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