Spooky Celebrations in Long Term Care

October 29, 2021

Pumpkins, candy, costumes  – fall festivities are in full swing ahead of Halloween weekend, and assisted living communities and nursing homes are getting in on the fun.

From passing out goodies to local kids to setting a “giant chicken” loose, check out some of the tricks and treats happening at long term care communities:

Decorative gourd season gets a painted makeover

John Marshall High School students involved in the school’s Health Occupation Students of America Club painted pumpkins to liven up the rooms of residents at Elmhurst and Good Shepherd Nursing Home. “I think it’s very important for the residents to know that their community is still supporting them even through the pandemic,” senior Taylor Wood said, “and it’s really helpful that we’re younger students and I think they’ll be happy to know we’re thinking about them.” Read the full story here → 

A Halloween parade for all ages

Assisted living community Cedarwood at Sandy hosted its second Spook-Tacular Halloween trick-or-treat parade this week. Residents sported goodie bags of candy to pass out to participating kids. “When we did this event last year, the residents and children had such a fun time that we decided we had to do it again,” Executive Director Austin Sorenson said. “We are excited to be able to bring our community together in such a fun way, and the residents are always thrilled for an opportunity to see and show off their grandchildren.” Read the full story here → 

Fall festival fun

Blue River Healthcare held its first fall festival since the beginning of the pandemic, including a petting zoo, food and a cake walk. “The employees are just as excited as the residents,” said staffer Jana Cadinalle. “We have a great community that has made sure everyone pulled together to make this happen.” Read the full story here → 

Calling all trick-or-treaters

This weekend, Teal Lake Senior Living Community is calling local trick-or-treaters to show off their costumes and get candy via outdoor window visits. “For the last couple years since COVID-19 started it’s been kind of hard to get back to the normal routines so having a party with trick-or-treaters outside feels like everything is just like it’s supposed to be because, while this is the new normal it’s still kind of rough on our residents so having the outdoor trick-or-treating is just fun,” said Jennifer Tavernier, Activities Director for the Teal Lake Senior Living Community. Read the full story here → 

A funky chicken, indeed

Staff at Phillips-Strickland House and Boyd Place gave residents a hilarious costumed show – including an “escaped inmate” and a giant chicken. Watch the hilarious video here →