Pleasant Meadow cheers on as Canadian women take gold

People at Pleasant Meadow Manor are seen here celebrating after the Canadian women won gold in hockey.

People at Pleasant Meadow Manor are seen here celebrating after the Canadian women won gold in hockey.

Home making the most of a big day for Canada at Winter Games

Friday, February 21, 2014 — Deron Hamel

It was all hoots and hollers at Pleasant Meadow Manor on Thursday afternoon as residents and staff members watched Team Canada beat Team USA 3-2 to win the gold medal for the fourth consecutive time in the Winter Olympics.

But the celebrations had actually started earlier in the day, when the Canadian women’s curling team took the gold medal in a match against Sweden.

Many of the Norwood long-term care home’s residents and staff members were decked out in red-and-white maple leaf shirts, hats and rub-on tattoos as they cheered the Canadian ladies to victory in hockey and curling.

Canadian flags adorned the home in celebration of the day. Some residents attached flags to their wheelchairs and walkers. During Thursday’s events, residents and staff members gathered around the TV, while others participated in activities, including a floor-hockey game.

It was a tight hockey game that ended in overtime when Marie-Philip Poulin scored to ensure Team Canada’s victory.

Residents had a blast, says life enrichment co-ordinator Chris Garden.

“They’re loving it; they think this is great,” she says. “They’ve been parading around the home with their little flags and all of them were cheering.”

The rivalry between Canadian and U.S. hockey isn’t over. Team Canada and Team USA face off today in the semifinal round of the men’s ice-hockey tournament. The winner will advance to the gold-medal match on Sunday.

And you can bet everyone at Pleasant Meadow Manor and OMNI Health Care’s other 17 long-term care homes will be watching.

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