Too cold for ice cream? Never!

Garden Terrace embraces a favourite summer treat on a cold autumn day

Who thinks of paying a visit to an ice cream truck on a cold, brisk, autumn day?

The residents, families and staff members at Garden Terrace, that’s who.

People living and working at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home recently proved that ice cream tastes great, no matter what the weather is like.

On Sept. 30, a Mr. Sundae ice cream truck turned up at Garden Terrace, and residents and staff members were quick to line up for ice cream cones and sundaes.

Ice creams were provided free to all residents and $3 each to family members and staff.

About 50 people in total turned up to get ice cream, says Garden Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Rachael King.

Rachael says one of the big benefits from the Mr. Sundae visit was the social aspect. She says ice cream proved to be a great tool to get residents chatting amongst themselves and meeting new people.

“It was really nice, we had some social time, I got to chat with a lot of the residents, and the residents got to mix and mingle, so it was great that they had time to chat with each other,” she tells The OMNIway.

A photo booth was set up by team members for the day; however, due to the cool weather, most people decided to enjoy their ice cream indoors.

And, of course, visiting an ice cream truck was one last chance to hold on to summer.

“Someone said it was too cold (for ice cream), but one of the residents said, ‘I’ll have ice cream any time of the year,’ ” Rachael says, noting she agrees with this sentiment.

“I think ice cream is something people can enjoy even in the coldest of weather.”

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