Maplewood staff tells residents ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’

Employees sing, dance in hallways of Brighton long-term care home

With a Bluetooth speaker and a sense of spirit, employees recently boogied down the hallways of Maplewood.

They danced and sang on a tour of the Brighton long-term care home and past residents’ rooms.

Life enrichment aide (LEA) Rosanne Blackburn of Maplewood came up with the idea for the April 20 fun activity.

“I decided to ask the staff if we could all sing a song down the hallways to liven up the residents who are isolated to their rooms,” Rosanne tells The OMNIway.

Staff members sang Bobby McFerrin’s song, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” projecting their voices with the Bluetooth speaker.

What did the audience members think?

“The residents waved back with smiles,” the LEA says. “One resident chuckled a loud laugh. Another resident stated we were crazy and that’s why she loved us.”

Maplewood is keeping residents in their rooms as a safety precaution during the global pandemic of COVID-19.

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