Team members bring Hawaii to Heron Terrace residents

Music, food and fun helps blow away the winter blues
3/9/2018  - Deron Hamel
Heron Terrace resident Olivia Grillo is seen here enjoying the LTC community's annual Hawaiian celebration.  

Given the cold winter this year, the folks working in Heron Terrace’s life enrichment department wanted to bring some warmth and sunshine to the Windsor long-term care community’s residents, so they organized a Hawaiian luau for them in January as part of an annual tradition.

Residents and staff members dressed up in floral shirts and wore leis to go along with the theme of the day. They even brought in entertainer Karen Morand to play the ukulele, the traditional instrument used in Hawaiian music.

“It really kept the energy up, there was a lot of fun and a lot of singing along,” life enrichment manager Lori George says.

Lori and life enrichment worker Jessica Harcus say there was strong participation from residents and team members.

Of course, no Hawaiian celebration would be complete without food, especially pineapple, which was put on top of vanilla ice cream for everyone to enjoy.

The life enrichment team decked the activity room in floral patterns and everyone came together to deliver residents a memorable day, Lori and Jessica say.

And the event did provide some “warmth,” even if there were sub-zero temperatures outside, they add.

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