OMNI residents enjoying the flavours of summer

One of the highlights of summer is enjoying foods that are connected to the season, and OMNI Health Care seniors’ homes have been helping residents sample some of the best sweet and savoury selections that July and August offer.

Residents of Streamway Villa, along with family members and staff, made their way to the Northumberland Ribfest and Music Festival for the first time since 2019 to enjoy the barbecued fare for which the event is famous.

After tucking into barbecued ribs, chicken and pulled pork during their Aug. 12 visit, the residents even held their own contest to choose a winner in each food category.

“The day went really well; there was beautiful weather and we stayed for a couple of hours, the time just flew by,” said Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Laurie Kracht.

Strawberries, as everyone knows, are a huge summertime favourite treat. The Almonte Country Haven team organized a strawberry social for residents July 20. Angel food cake topped with strawberries and whipped cream was the star of the show.

Country Haven LEC Naomi Redner said the strawberries served at the event were locally grown, adding most of the home’s 57 residents attended the event.

“Our strawberry social was enjoyed by all,” she said, adding the event brought back fond memories for many.

“Residents (were served) such a familiar dessert that they would have made during the berry season when at home over the years. The whole dining room smelled like strawberries. It was a happy afternoon.”

There was also a tasty walk down memory lane for the residents of Country Terrace in July when they were treated to a trip to Mackie’s restaurant in Port Stanley.

Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Mackie’s has been a fixture in southwestern Ontario for 111 years. Enjoying the hamburgers, hot dogs, fish and chips, and Mackie’s famous homemade beverage, Orangeade, brought back memories of many summers for residents.

After lunch, residents had ice cream and then got to take a walk along the beach. The Port Stanley beach is wheelchair accessible which allowed all residents to participate.

“The residents loved it; it was such a beautiful day,” said LEC Lora Blackett. “It was nice and sunny, and they were able to eat outside and look at the water and watch the kids playing on the beach.”

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