Temiskaming Lodge enjoys a busy Halloween


The days leading up to Halloween were busy at Temiskaming Lodge, says Lindsay Bourassa, the Haileybury long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC).

Many of the Jarlette Health Services-owned home’s residents enjoy participating in holiday festivities, especially if it includes interactions with children, the LEC adds. And this past Halloween was no exception.

“We had residents decorating pumpkins and colouring and filling treat bags for the trick-or-treaters from the community,” Bourassa explains. “We also held a Halloween party on Oct. 29 with the Sunshine Boys entertaining the residents, while (residents) enjoyed some nice Halloween treats.” 

All the residents got dressed up and had a “spooktacular time,” Bourassa notes. Each resident was also given an individualized treat, according to their dietary needs.

On Oct. 30, junior and senior kindergarten children came to the home from a local school dressed in their Halloween costumes, which delighted residents, Bourassa says.

“They sang for the residents and gave them Halloween crafts that they had personally made for them,” she says.

The week capped off on Halloween night when residents got dressed up and waited by the front entrance door for trick-or-treaters to stop by.

“They enjoyed seeing the little ones in their costumes and handing them some goodie bags,” Bourassa says. “What a wonderful way to end such an eventful week.”