Summer Games inspire Garden Terrace to host an Olympic day

About 30 residents participate in safe, outdoor day of friendly competition

With all the excitement the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games generated, the residents of Garden Terrace wanted to have their own Olympic-style competitions at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home, so life enrichment team members made it happen.

On Aug. 9, the Garden Terrace courtyard was set up for a stream of events for residents to enjoy. The events included an egg-and-spoon race on an obstacle course, basketball, a target toss and a cup-stacking event where residents competed to stack and then unstack cups as quickly as possible.

About 30 residents competed in the events and pandemic-safe measures, such as mask-wearing for staff and social distancing, were in full effect, says Garden Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Rachael King.

Of course, no Olympic competition would be complete without awarding medals, so life enrichment team members made gold, silver, bronze and participation medals to hand out after the events, Rachael says.

The Olympic day was a big hit with residents, she adds.

“A lot of the residents were really excited about the Summer Olympics going on, so we thought it would be a good idea to have our own Olympics,” Rachael tells The OMNIway.

Rachael says the life enrichment staff members did an outstanding job of organizing the event and creating banners and other decorations.

“They did a really awesome job,” she says.

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