Long term care residents are enjoying active involvement in the community with the help of staff, family, auxiliary, community volunteers and partners.
As part of the year-end celebration, as residents had to conclude their monthly visits with Grade 4 students, a balloon maker shared her creations.
Within the long term care setting, community partnerships create enriching opportunities for interaction. At Kelvindell Lodge in Kelvington, Grade 4 students from the local elementary school visited residents every month to enjoy crafts, reading and games. Kiddy pool parties, an incubator with hatching chicks, outdoor weiner roasts and ‘smores, and a canine agility show provide unique opportunities for resident participation.
Kelvindell Lodge residents enjoyed watching several breeds of dogs complete an agility course in their backyard this summer.
Children and toddlers entertained residents while frolicking in kiddy pools and sprinklers one hot summer day.
Regular trips out into the community include attending events like the annual Kelvington Fair and parade, watching chuckwagon races, and enjoying exhibits and homemade pie. With the help of volunteer drivers and golf carts courtesy of the Kelvington Golf Club, residents also get the chance to explore the great outdoors.
The smell of freshly cooked, homemade donuts is just one of the treats residents make through a baking program. Bannock making, fried bread dough, cookies and biscuits are also made through the program.
“It doesn’t always have to be really elaborate things,” Kelvington Recreation Coordinator Maxine Mennie said. “Sometimes the really simple things bring so much joy.”