COVID-19 restrictions have impacted the ability of Recreation Therapy staff to take long-term care residents on their usual summer outings like picnics at the lake or campground. So the staff at Jubilee Home in Lloydminster decided to bring the lake and campground to their residents instead and created a mobile, indoor camping cart filled with the best things about camping and visits to the lake.
The rustic-looking cart was carefully designed using themed backdrops, camping background sounds, camping signs, tasty treats and witty puns to ensure the cart would meet the needs of all residents.
The mobile indoor camping cart.
The cart contains things labelled bear poop (chocolate-covered raisins), worms (gummy worms), fire (cheese snacks) and twigs (pretzels), as well as marshmallows on sticks, trail mix and bowls of fresh raspberries. There is also plenty of signage welcoming residents to Jubilee Campsite, as well as cuddly teddy bears, some lanterns and a little faux fire.
Recreation Therapy staff member Grace Chiong was instrumental in putting the cart together.
“We have long winters and the highlight of the year for most of us are summer activities with loved ones,” Chiong explained. “We didn’t want our residents to miss out on all of that this summer, so we did what it took. Once we put it together, we took the mobile indoor camp cart to the rooms, patios, dining room, and activity room to provide personalized service and experience to our residents wherever they were in the building. It was a great way to have fun while following the rules of physical distancing.”
Recreation Therapy staff member Grace Chiong and the cart.