Outing to café provides Streamway residents with local warmth

Streamway Villa residents (left to right) Mabel Goode and Betty Grinnell peruse the menu at Cobourg’s Buttermilk Café during a recent outing.

Streamway Villa residents (left to right) Mabel Goode and Betty Grinnell peruse the menu at Cobourg’s Buttermilk Café during a recent outing.

Home’s central location a plus, says LEC

What can a long-term care home do to keep people warm as colder weather approaches? The folks at Streamway Villa recently solved this by taking a short trip to a local café for a warm lunch.

Last Friday (Oct. 16), life enrichment staff members and nine residents walked down to the Buttermilk Café in downtown Cobourg to enjoy some comfort food, including such favourites as potato-leek soup and fish and chips.

Life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Christina Verleysen says the home is lucky to have a central location that’s close to good restaurants.

“This allows us to participate in community monthly events and to eat at local restaurants without spending money on transportation,” she tells The OMNIway.

She adds: “With the cold weather approaching us very quickly, we thought we should get some more community outings in before we are shut in for the brisk winter months. At Streamway, we are very fortunate to live in the core of downtown Cobourg.”

Residents unable to participate in the outing were not left out, Verleysen notes. Instead of going to the café they were treated to a special, made-from-scratch plate of jambalaya, the famous Louisiana rice dish, created by cook Sadie Mininni.

Verleysen says the next community outing planned for Streamway Villa residents will be on Nov. 11, when the home’s residents who are veterans and staff members will visit the cenotaph in Victoria Park for the Remembrance Day service.

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