‘Why not beat the winter blues away with Tropical Day’

Frost Manor sends residents to a warm beach during a fun and engaging daylong program

Even with the official coming of spring two days earlier, the cold winter weather was still hanging around in March, so the Frost Manor life enrichment team worked together to bring a sunny beach atmosphere to residents.

On March 23, the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home hosted Tropical Day to make residents feel as if they were on a Caribbean holiday.

Everyone was encouraged to dress in their favourite warm-weather gear, and a large number of residents wore clothing such as tropical shirts and leis to help them get into the spirit of the day, says Amy Whitehead, Frost Manor’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

Team members decorated the home with colourful props that included palm trees and pineapples.

During the afternoon, a drink cart stocked with two types of tropical mocktails – strawberry daiquiris and piña coladas – that were served with paper umbrellas made the rounds to offer residents a refreshing taste of the Caribbean.

There was also a variety of tropical fruit provided as a treat that was both tasty and nutritious.

In the evening, life enrichment aide Taylor Davies hosted a hula chair-dance program for residents.

Although the mercury was still showing sub-zero temperatures and the skies were grey, inside Frost Manor the decorations, refreshments and activities helped make everything feel warm and relaxing, Amy says.

“It was a really great day,” she says. “As we say, ‘why not beat the winter blues away with Tropical Day.’ ”

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