Waterloo Heights team keeps holiday spirit high with activities

The pandemic has separated residents and their families, so team members worked hard to make the holiday season memorable
1/8/2021  - Deron Hamel

During the holiday season, residents of Waterloo Heights were not able to spend time with their loved ones due to safety restrictions in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, so team members at the Waterloo, Ont. seniors living community tapped into their creativity to keep spirits high.

A highlight of the holidays was an Olympic-style tournament between two groups of residents and staff – the “red team” and the “green team” – to collect points.

And two of the favourite events that were included in this competition were a Christmas- and winter-themed door decorating contest and an ugly Christmas sweater day, says activity director Jacqui Reid.

For the door decorating contest, residents jazzed up their apartment doors with Christmas or winter motifs. Each Waterloo Heights team member was also assigned a door to decorate.

Jacqui says this event was not only fun for everyone, it also provided an opportunity for people to harness their artistic side.

“It went really well and we had all kinds of décor, from fancy wreaths to homemade winter scenes on the doors,” she tells S&R Today, adding some doors even had lights.

On Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, participants were tasked to put on their most tacky Christmas sweater for fun.

Even though the sweaters were on the ugly” side, Jacqui says “residents and staff looked great!”

Aside from the door decorating and ugly Christmas sweater challenges, the teams of residents and staff members also participated in several activities and “assignments” to complete on their own to collect points, Jacqui says.

Since being separated from their loved ones has been difficult for residents, Jacqui says the Waterloo Heights team wanted to do everything possible to make the holidays special by engaging them in fun activities.

“We’ve been doing all we can to keep the residents busy this season,” she says.

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