Lanark Heights resident’s patio party dream comes true

John Schmidt helped plan the event, which featured music, dancing and refreshments
9/17/2021  - Deron Hamel
 

For about two years, Lanark Heights resident John Schmidt had been “dreaming” of having a patio party at the Kitchener, Ont. long-term care community. With his help, that dream recently came true.

On Aug. 24, residents gathered outside on the Lanark Heights patio and enjoyed a summertime party. The event’s details were planned out by John and everything was set up by Lanark Heights team members.

While the attending residents enjoyed the party, John was especially proud to see the results of his vision.

“He stated he has been dreaming of this outside patio party for about two years now and he was very happy how it all came together,” Lanark Heights life enrichment manager Julia Slomke tells S&R Today.

In fact, John has plans for next summer, Julia notes.

“He was hoping maybe next year we could work in two such patio parties during the summer months,” she says.

To give the patio party that summertime vibe, team members furnished the area with lights and beach-themed decorations. Residents enjoyed snacks as well as non-alcoholic sangria. Along with the refreshments there was plenty of music and dancing.

While residents enjoyed the music, food and drink, the social aspect of the patio party was perhaps most important for them, Julia says.

“(One) resident stated he liked the party on the patio and said it was nice to visit with each other and enjoy some laughs,” she says.

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