Urban farm visit marks first outing for Garden Terrace since the pandemic began

‘The residents loved it; they said it was nice to be outside and enjoy a nice fall day’

It had been a long time coming. A group of Garden Terrace residents recently enjoyed their first outing since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020 when they took a trip to a local urban farm.

For their first outing in 19 months, six residents of the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home enjoyed a day at Maple Hill Urban Farm where they spent time visiting animals and learning about the 167-acre property located in nearby Nepean.

Animals residents visited included goats, alpacas, pigs, cats, dogs, ducks, chickens and cows.

With safety precautions in effect, visitors were not able to pet the animals, but the residents still enjoyed the excursion, says Garden Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Rachael King.

Aside from the animals, residents and accompanying Garden Terrace team members got to check out a pumpkin patch and everyone was treated to coffee and Timbits as well, Rachael notes.

Rachael says residents enjoyed their long-awaited outing, noting the hospitality, good weather and especially the animals helped make the excursion memorable for everyone.

“The residents loved it; they said it was nice to be outside and enjoy a nice fall day,” she tells The OMNIway.

“It was nice for them to see the animals.”

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