OMNI homes shepherd in autumn

AppleFest, fall fair among resident activities

A crispness in the air, a fall fair and the apple harvest are sure signs of a change of season in Ontario.

Residents of OMNI Health Care’s long-term care homes ushered in autumn’s arrival with various activities with a fall theme.

Most recently, Pleasant Meadow Manor residents made crafts and treats to enter in contests at the Norwood Fall Fair over the Thanksgiving weekend. Seven of their 22 entries won ribbons.

This year marked the 150th anniversary of the Norwood Fall Fair, and 22 residents worked with staff members to complete a variety of entries for the fair’s contests, which included artwork, needlecraft, baked goods and horticultural entries.

In what has become a yearly tradition at Pleasant Meadow Manor, residents decide what they want to enter in the fair, and life enrichment staff members work with them to complete their projects. Many residents start their projects in early September, and by the time the fair rolls around in October their entries are ready.

“It’s a big event for Norwood and the home is just buzzing with family members and it gets our name out in the community and the residents will tell their family members to look out for the things they make,” life enrichment co-ordinator Chris Garden said.

Meanwhile, in Brighton, nature’s bounty was the inspiration behind a number of local events. The town’s signature event of the year, AppleFest, ran Sept. 27-30. The affair features a street fair, an antique car show, a parade and other special events.

Maplewood residents took part by heading over to the Brighton Speedway to take in car races.

In addition, Maplewood made and served apple crisp and residents gathered on the front patio at the home to catch the afternoon parade down the town’s Main Street.

Also this fall, Rosebridge Manor in Jasper hosted an antique car show.

A resident’s son-in-law, who belongs to a local car club, was the brainchild behind the event. He worked with his fellow car-loving enthusiasts to bring about 15 vehicles to the home. Meanwhile, Rosebridge planned a barbecue to coincide with the show.

“They loved it,” said Kathy Barr, life enrichment co-ordinator at Rosebridge Manor, about the event.

“Next year we’re hoping for even more (participants).”

One resident had a chance to sit in a Corvette. She chose that more modern vehicle from the array of antique automobiles there, including Ford Model Ts.

Overall, the event received a green light from residents.

With Jasper being a relatively small community, many of the car owners and residents were familiar with each other. “It was a chance to get caught up with the people they know,” Kathy said.

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