Splash party scores lots of laughter from Streamway residents

‘I have not seen some of the residents laugh like they did in a long time,’ LEC says

In an effort to beat the heat and have some outdoor fun, Streamway Villa organized a splash party for residents and staff members in the Cobourg long-term care home’s garden on July 22.

Between the heatwave Ontario has been going through in recent weeks and restrictions in place on indoor activities due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, residents and staff members were in need of some fun, says life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Laurie Kracht.

So out came the water guns, balloons, beach balls, a small pool and an inflatable unicorn to play a game of ring toss with (the object being to toss rings on the unicorn’s horn), and everyone had a great time, Laurie says.

There were also healthy food options everyone enjoyed, including smoothies and barbecued fruit kebabs.

Laurie says the highlight of the afternoon was a water-gun fight.

“We had a bunch of water guns, and so we had a water-gun fight and everyone loved that,” Laurie tells The OMNIway.

The event started right after lunch and went until about 3 p.m. There was some cloud cover that day which kept the mercury in the mid-20s, so everyone could stay outside a little longer.

“It was really good weather,” Laurie says.

Staying in line with social distancing protocols, the event was kept as small as possible and everyone was mindful of residents staying six feet apart and keeping hands sanitized, Laurie adds.

“We are trying to bring some normalcy back, and I have not seen some of the residents laugh like they did in a long time,” she says.

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