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Community pitches in to ensure a happy Halloween at Burnbrae Gardens

11-year-old boy among those who made a donation

Community members from across Northumberland County pitched in to help ensure Burnbrae Gardens residents have a happy Halloween.

One of those who made a donation to the Campbellford long-term care home was 11-year-old Hayden Marlatt. His parents, Dave and Sherry, brought Hayden to Burnbrae Gardens on Oct. 9 to drop off 15 pumpkins for residents to decorate.

“Hayden loves to help in the community, and he wanted to make our residents’ Halloween special,” Lauren Farnham, a life enrichment aide at Burnbrae Gardens, tells The OMNIway.

Hayden knew the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for residents so he wanted to do something to “brighten their spirits,” Lauren adds.

In addition to Hayden’s donation, three people from across Northumberland County donated money to help buy supplies to decorate the pumpkins.

Matthew Steven and Colleen C., both of Brighton, and Sarah Lord of Wooler donated money to buy the supplies.

In fact, Sarah’s grandmother was a resident of Burnbrae Gardens more than 10 years ago. She hopes to become a volunteer once pandemic protocols permit her to join the volunteer team, says Burnbrae Gardens administrator April Faux.

Residents got busy decorating the pumpkins. Some were given faces, while others were painted. There are decorated pumpkins on display inside and outside of the home.

“The residents really enjoyed doing the decorations,” Lauren says.

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Maplewood residents judge spooky Halloween trunk contest

Maplewood residents went “trunk-or-treating” recently.

The Brighton, Ont. long-term care home’s life enrichment team came up with a creative way to engage residents in a fun activity just before Halloween.

Staff members were encouraged to decorate the trunks of their cars with a Halloween motif. The designs were presented on Oct. 29 for residents to judge in a contest to decide their favourite design.

The staff members’ vehicles were parked on the home’s front lawn and residents were invited to the patio after lunch for a viewing and some Halloween sweets, explains Maplewood life enrichment aide Rosanne Blackburn.

There were six designs for residents to choose from, including one resident’s bicycle which had been decorated with a Halloween witch in the seat.

Cook Jackie Jeffery won first place in the contest for her design which featured a graveyard flanked by two ghoulish spectres.

The contest was also an opportunity for Maplewood residents to participate in a safe activity that also captured the Halloween spirit, Rosanne says.

“The residents really enjoyed (the contest),” she says.

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Willows Estate residents and staff partake in weekend of Halloween fun

‘Overall, this short but fun celebration of Halloween uplifted their spirits’

Willows Estate residents enjoyed a Halloween celebration at the Aurora, Ont. long-term care home on the weekend that featured costumes, a variety of treats, jack-o’-lanterns and a whole lot of fun and laughter.

Halloween is a favourite annual event at many long-term care homes, and Willows Estate residents and staff members went all out to celebrate the spookiest day of the year, says life enrichment aide (LEA) Azaria Kanda.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, activities were held in smaller groups and socially distanced, but the spirit of the day was as vibrant as ever.

Azaria says the Willows Estate team “wanted to create the ambience of fun and celebration” for the residents.

There was also complimentary chocolate lava cake as well as tea and coffee and trick-or-treat bags for residents to pick up before they left the party.

Azaria, who organized the event with LEA Bobbi Jo Wright and the life enrichment team, says residents enjoyed their Halloween weekend.

“They were ecstatic and elated to see us dressed the part, (with) spooky music playing in the background and socializing among themselves and staff as well,” he tells The OMNIway.

“Overall, this short but fun celebration of Halloween uplifted their spirits.”

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Homes host costume parties for Halloween

Residents ‘enjoy seeing the staff dressed up’

From a newborn dressed as Batman to a staff member sporting a head-to-toe pumpkin costume, Halloween was a memorable occasion at Rosebridge Manor. Read more

Halloween at Streamway Villa is ‘pretty serious’ business

Pictured above, the many faces of Halloween at Streamway Villa.

Enthusiasm from staff members ensures residents get a Halloween to remember

Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Christina Doughty is commending her colleagues at the Cobourg long-term care home for their strong enthusiasm which gave residents a Halloween to remember. Read more

Riverview Manor spends much of Halloween week hosting spooky events for residents and staff

Costumes, pumpkin-carving and a party among the activities

The Riverview Manor team spent days leading up to Halloween and the big day itself engaging residents and staff members in all things that go along with the spookiest time of year. Read more

Resident and staff costume contest highlights Frost Manor’s Halloween party

Frost Manor team members are seen here showing off their costumes during the Lindsay long-term care home’s Halloween party and costume contest.

Event combines OMNI Health Care values of fun and laughter and creativity

The Frost Manor team took this year’s Halloween party up a notch when the Lindsay long-term care home hosted a resident and staff costume contest. Read more

Garden Terrace residents team up with local students to carve Halloween pumpkins

Pictured above, Garden Terrace residents and Holy Trinity Catholic High School students spent the afternoon of Oct. 31 carving pumpkins.

Intergenerational activity results in fun and laughter for everyone

A group of 24 students from Holy Trinity Catholic High School stopped by Garden Terrace on Oct. 31 to help residents carve pumpkins and get into the Halloween spirit ahead of the annual party at the Kanata long-term care home. Read more

Burnbrae Gardens overrun with witches and ghosts on Halloween

Home hosts Halloween party and potluck that scores high resident, staff engagement

CAMPBELLFORD, Ont. – Witches, ghosts and a creative assortment of other ghouls were roaming Burnbrae Gardens on Oct. 31, during the Campbellford long-term care home’s annual Halloween party. Read more

Halloween comes to OMNI homes

Homes host parties to celebrate a favourite tradition

November 4, 2013 — Deron Hamel

Streamway Villa staff members show off their costumes during the home's annual Halloween party.

Streamway Villa staff members show off their costumes during the home’s annual Halloween party.

OMNI Health Care long-term care homes celebrated Halloween, a favourite holiday amongst residents and staff members, on Oct. 31 and residents and staff members had a ball, say organizers.

Streamway Villa and Frost Manor were busy last week planning activities for residents, some of which brought a unique twist to Halloween parties.

At Streamway Villa in Cobourg, the morning exercise class was given a Halloween theme: “Monster Mash Fun and Fitness,” that saw Halloween songs played.

There was also Halloween bingo and all residents received sweets and Halloween prizes. Some residents who opted out of bingo carved pumpkins and decorated Halloween cupcakes.

In the evening, the Bernard Sisters, a sister act that has been entertaining OMNI home residents for many years, was on hand that day.

“Residents looked amazing — we had priests, Mother Theresa, chefs, clowns, witches, pirates (and) spice racks,” says life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Christina Verleysen.

Staff members also did an “amazing job” dressing up, too, she adds. “We have Si from Duck Dynasty, a flapper girl, Raggedy Ann and brother (Andy), a hockey fan (and a) pirate.”

At Frost Manor in Lindsay, residents and staff members dressed up in an array of costumes for that home’s Halloween shindig. Costumes included an angel, a witch and a police officer amongst others.

The day before Halloween was an intergenerational craft day. Students from St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School came dressed in costumes.

LEC Vi O’Leary commends staff members for their hard work, adding their efforts paid off.

“The residents loved it,” she says.

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