Riverview LEA’s band gives residents their first outdoor entertainment of 2022

Residents’ council chose Trevor Davis’s band, Charlie Horse, to perform on July 14

Riverview Manor residents enjoyed their first outdoor entertainment of 2022 in style on July 14, when a local band featuring one of the Peterborough long-term care home’s team members played a show in the back garden.

The band – called Charlie Horse – includes life enrichment aide (LEA) Trevor Davis on guitar, and the combo played a wide range of tunes for residents that day.

Charlie Horse’s playlist includes songs from many genres, such as country, western swing, country-blues and ragtime.

The Riverview Manor residents’ council chose the band, whose name is, in part, a tribute to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who passed away in 2021 at age 80.

“Plus, we’re kind of country and western, so that’s where the ‘horse’ (in Charlie Horse) came from,” Trevor explains.

With the arrival of summer, many OMNI Health Care homes have been taking advantage of the warm, sunny weather to host outdoor entertainment for residents.

Outdoor entertainment is a big crowd-pleaser at long-term care homes, and live music encourages lots of resident engagement.

Riverview Manor is no exception.

LEA Adam Wicklum says there were many residents from both the north- and south-side neighbourhoods who attended the performance that day.

Most residents chose to gather in the garden under the large gazebo, while others found spots along the walking path under one of the shady trees.

And, of course, there were refreshments available to keep everyone cool and hydrated.

“(The residents) also enjoyed a refreshing treat of Popsicles on a beautiful summer day,” Adam says.

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