Pleasant Meadow residents enjoy their own fall fair for second straight year

‘The residents really enjoyed the day and had a lot of laughs’

Pleasant Meadow Manor residents enjoyed the Norwood long-term care home’s second annual fall fair Oct. 12, and there were even more activities for everyone to enjoy this year.

Team members worked hard to create a fall-fair atmosphere for residents to enjoy. The activity room was decorated for the day, and there was a midway filled with games and stuffed animals – such as a pony, pig, “the world’s smallest rooster,” a turkey and a buffalo.

Residents could take a “pony ride” through one area set up to resemble a barn. After their tour looking at the animals, they could join in on the games being offered.

Life enrichment co-ordinator Kim Williams notes more games were offered this year. These included two new games – Leap Frog and Ping Bong. Bobbing for doughnuts, a favourite game from last year’s fall fair, once again proved to be a hit with residents.

After the games were finished, residents enjoyed refreshments and then took a stroll to the “entertainment building”.

In the entertainment building, performer Ted Smith sang some of the residents’ favourite tunes while they were served fall fair favourites that included pink lemonade and candy floss. The Norwood Sparks and Brownies donated Girl Guide cookies for residents to enjoy as well.

In the weeks prior to the fall fair, residents and staff members were busy making baked goods for the now-annual Peasant Meadow Manor fall fair bake-off.

The baking was divided into categories and votes were taken to decide the winners.

In the Favourite Cookie category, the winner was personal support worker (PSW) Karly Nelson. In the Squares category, reigning champion PSW Jeannette Davis once again took top honours. Screener Leslie Rogers won for both the Brownie and the Cupcake categories.

Kim says the fall fair was once again a huge hit with residents.

“The residents really enjoyed the day and had a lot of laughs,” she says. “We had residents who usually don’t enjoy going to programs come out and enjoy the afternoon.”

One memorable moment for Kim was a resident who had so much fun she couldn’t wait to let her loved ones know about the fair.

“One resident was excited to get back to her room after the entertainment finished so she could call her son and tell him all about the day,” she says.

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