Who says summer camp is only for kids?
Seniors at an assisted- and independent-living retirement community in Newington recently enjoyed some real camp pastimes, from crafts to s’mores.
Middlewoods of Newington was transformed into “Camp Middlewoods” during Wilderness Week at the home, located at 2125 Main St.
“I wanted residents to celebrate the carefree, lazy and fun days of summer by bringing the best of summer to the community,” activities director Laura Healy said. “It was a great week and brought a smile to everyone’s faces.”
She and fellow Middlewoods staff organized five days of fun, campy activities, beginning with tie-dying T-shirts on Monday.
Residents all received white T-shirts to drench in neon colors during this outdoor workshop. At the end of the week, they had the chance to wear their finished T-shirts.
On Tuesday staff emulated campfire fun by serving S’mores and inviting everyone to swap stories of their best summertime memories.
Groups also experienced National Parks throughout the United States on virtual tours.
On Wednesday, Healy, who just happens to be a talented artist, led a painting class. Everyone had the opportunity to paint their own canvas with a sunset scene as she guided them along.
The week’s festivities wrapped up with a visit from New Britain-based entertainer Kathy Gregory, and a traveling “make your own trail mix” cart.
“Like the rest of the world, many of our residents put their summer vacation plans on hold because of covid-19, so this was a special opportunity for us to provide them with a fun staycation in the community,” Executive Director Stacey Kesl pointed out. “It is always wonderful to hear their stories and share in their experiences and travels. Our residents are amazing people and have so much to share.”
Kesl added that hosting themed weeks for residents and staff provides them opportunities to enjoy each other’s company in a safe and fun environment.
Due to special protocol and safety measures implemented at the start of the pandemic, Middlewoods has had zero positive cases of covid-19. The Connecticut Department of Public Health releases a weekly data report of coronavirus cases and deaths at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Middlewoods of Newington and its neighboring community in Farmington have both reported zero cases.
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