New twist to old traditions brings holiday spirit to Providence Manor

The Alzheimer Garden at Providence Manor is bedecked with lights and decorations for the holidays. Photo via Providence Care.

Residents at Providence Manor were treated to a bright and jolly holiday event at the long-term care home. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, residents would enjoy a bus ride around the city to see the holiday lights and decorations, but this year, thanks to many donations, the lights and decor came right to the Manor for everyone to enjoy.

“It’s been two years since we last had the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season big with residents,” said Recreationist and Event Organizer, Brooke Moorhead. “It is so meaningful for everyone to enjoy these traditions again.”

According to a release from Providence Care, Moorhead took the reins and started organizing the winter wonderland display in one of the outdoor gardens in November, but to make her vision a reality she needed help. The community was asked for donations, and Moorhead said she was overwhelmed by the response.

Thanks to the “droves” of donations — from staff, family members and the public — the Alzheimer garden at Providence Manor was transformed into a “twinkling, magical, winter wonderland,” Providence Care said. Moorhead and her colleagues completed the decor ahead of a holiday event held on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022.

Holiday carols, hot chocolate, and sweet holiday treats were offered at the event which was open to all 243 residents of the long-term care home.

Photo via Providence Care.

“Putting a smile on their face is all that we wish for. And it’s safe to say we were successful in doing that last night. We brought the holiday sparkle and it certainly didn’t disappoint,” said Moorhead.

According to Providence Care, Santa made a surprise visit and was asked for a variety of wishes, including a trip to Florida, peace, and good health.

“Kudos to the wonderful staff and a special shout out to volunteers, Heath and Bill, who assisted with the event,” Providence Care said in the release. “We are so happy that residents got to enjoy the holiday season from the comfort of their home!”

Another Providence Care facility was also bedecked with lights this season, thanks to a generous donation from Barr Homes. The local land developer and home builder donated their time and equipment to install a number of lights on trees outside Providence Transitional Care Centre and has given patients, their families and staff a beautiful view when looking outside.

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