OMNI homes celebrate Thanksgiving with family, turkey

Holiday larger than Christmas for Pleasant Meadow Manor residents

From packing their bags to stay with family to enjoying a turkey dinner in-house, OMNI Health Care marked Thanksgiving with all of the trimmings.

At West Lake Terrace in Prince Edward County, turkey-themed decorations and fall colours set the scene for a full Thanksgiving dinner on the Sunday of the Thanksgiving weekend.

Jackie Maxwell, administrator and director of care, says Thanksgiving offers residents the opportunity to reflect and reminisce about family and past traditions of the holiday.

“We’re keeping it simple,” Jackie told The OMNIway.

“We’ve decorated with traditional colours and turkey-themed (accents). If families drop in, they’re more than welcome to stay for the meal.”

The life enrichment department at Willows Estate in Aurora hosted a wine-and-cheese social on the Friday of the Thanksgiving weekend and residents enjoyed a tea social among other activities on Sunday.

Meanwhile, at Pleasant Meadow Manor, residents chose a turkey dinner to mark Thanksgiving. For the Norwood long-term care and its residents, Thanksgiving is a bigger occasion than Christmas, life enrichment co-ordinator Chris Garden told The OMNIway.

More so than Christmas, since the weather is nice, many residents leave for Thanksgiving to spend the weekend with their family members.

Pleasant Meadow Manor residents got into the Thanksgiving spirit early by building a scarecrow for the village of Norwood’s recent scarecrow competition.

The competition led up to the Norwood Fair, which ran on Thanksgiving weekend and is an important event in the small community. Pleasant Meadow Manor residents and staff helped create the scarecrow.

“The residents were excited about it and it got our home buzzing,” Chris said.

Read more here about the scarecrow competition.

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