Pleasant Meadow Manor making the most of summer with a variety of activities

Pleasant Meadow Manor residents Shirley Ainey and Florence Dainard engage life enrichment aide Victoria Zimmer in a water fight.

Pleasant Meadow Manor residents Shirley Ainey and Florence Dainard engage life enrichment aide Victoria Zimmer in a water fight.

Water fights, lake cruises and barbecues have marked the season so far

It was a seemingly normal, warm, summer day recently at Pleasant Meadow Manor when residents Shirley Ainey and Florence Dainard picked up water pistols and began soaking life enrichment aide (LEA) Victoria Zimmer.

Soon after, the LEA squirted back and a water fight was underway at the Norwood long-term care home.

This is one example of some of the fun folks at Pleasant Meadow Manor have been having lately as the weather has become warmer.

With temperatures surpassing the 30-degree mark, life enrichment staff members have also been organizing fun events to help residents enjoy the sunny weather. Barbecues, picnics and day trips are some of the things residents and staff members have been doing together.

While it’s important to have fun in the warm weather, it’s also crucial to keep everyone hydrated, so staff members have been using creative ways to ensure everyone is getting their needed fluids.

“We always end activities with a freezie or a Popsicle to increase the fluid levels – and that’s been working out well, because residents are getting a treat but they’re also getting more fluids,” says life enrichment co-ordinator Chris Garden.

Outings have included activities near the home as well as short road trips. On July 28, residents and staff went on a cruise on Stony Lake, but they have also been taking advantage of watching baseball games at a nearby park, Garden notes.

“We’ve been having a lot of fun in this nice weather,” she says.

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