Every year on Halloween, residents’ family, friends and community members visit Lakeview Methodist with their young Power Rangers and princesses in tow.
Residents pass out candy to the kids, visiting with loved ones and meeting new people while enjoying the energy and excitement. It’s amazing what joy children can bring. They’re so good for our residents and bring such refreshment. Whether it’s a baby animal or a little child, residents absolutely melt.
The young children’s parents also love it. They can see it’s making the day for both residents and children, so they may want to come back and visit again or partake in an on-site activity like bingo or the adopt-a-grandparent program. It’s a good icebreaker to get the conversation going about seniors and the role they play in our community.
Sometimes the staff also dresses up on Halloween. One year I dressed up as a clown in a rainbow wig, and another year I dressed up as a hunter in camouflage. It’s a fun way to open up dialogue and connect with residents.
We need more kindness around us than all the violence we’re hearing about on TV and the Internet. We need a few more simpler things in life. Just a short amount of time spent with kids from the Fairmont community makes our residents light up.
Whether you have kids or not, I encourage you to visit your local nursing home this Halloween and spread some joy.
Mike Maday is a Care Manager at Lakeview Methodist Healthcare Center in Fairmont, Minnesota.