Residents’ family members, friends invited to join Frost Manor’s Valentine’s Day lunch

Frost Manor resident Joan Charlebois (left) and her friend Deanna Holliganer are seen here during the home’s Feb. 14 luncheon.

Team members wanted to make event inclusive for residents without spouses

Valentine’s Day can be a lonely occasion for those residents without spouses, so Frost Manor encouraged residents to invite a friend or family member to attend this year’s sweetheart luncheon with them.

In addition to the eight couples who enjoyed the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home’s Valentine’s Day luncheon Feb. 14, several residents were joined by a friend or family member.

“Sometimes Valentine’s Day can be a little bit emotional if you are without your spouse, so we had all kinds of relations in,” Frost Manor life enrichment manager (LEC) Lyndsay Burton tells The OMNIway.

“We had grandchildren, friends and spouses, and it was really nice.”

For lunch, nutritional care manager Zach Jarvis and his team prepared heart-shaped, three-cheese ravioli tossed in a parmesan and spinach cream sauce, strawberry green-leaf salad and honey-glazed baby carrots. Tiramisu was served for dessert and a “sweetheart sangria” was also provided.

Of course, no Valentine’s Day meal would be complete without music, so a piano player was on hand to provide tunes to create the right mood.

“We tried to bring the romance out,” Lyndsay says.

The LEC adds that her favourite part of the event was seeing the residents getting together with their friends and family.

“There were grandchildren there that residents hadn’t seen in a while, so it was emotional for some of the residents,” she says.

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