Residents swing by Elsie’s Diner

Rosebridge Manor nutritional care manager Kori Bigelow and resident Rony Pere enjoy a 1950s theme day.

Rosebridge hosts ’50s-themed event

From the swish of the poodle skirt to the crooning of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll on the jukebox, Rosebridge Manor residents stepped back into the 1950s recently.

The Jasper long-term care home filled its dining room with the sights and sounds of a time gone by. Rosebridge Manor held a ‘50s diner-themed lunch for the home’s residents.

The 1950s is a decade that’s familiar to many of the home’s residents.

To create the ambiance of a ’50s diner, Rosebridge displayed printed photos of Elvis Presley and set the tables with red tablecloths and checkered napkins.

The meal was served by a waitress – Rosebridge’s nutritional care manager Kori Bigelow – who was dressed for the role in an ensemble that included a pencil skirt complete with a poodle embellishment.

Residents enjoyed whistle dogs and french fries served in baskets, along with milkshakes and sundaes. Music from the decade accompanied the meal held in the dining room, which was named Elsie’s Diner for the occasion.

Life enrichment co-ordinator Kathy Barr says theme days are popular as they give residents something novel to look forward to and experience.

“It’s something different for them,” Kathy says. “It brings back memories from a different time of their life.”

Elsie’s Diner afforded residents the opportunity to connect with their past and also reminisce about their younger years.

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