Long-Term Care and the Great Outdoor Air

Blenheim long-term care home residents campingBlenheim Community Village Takes Residents on an Annual Camping Trip

When people think of Long-Term Care homes, they usually don’t think about toasting marshmallows on an open fire. But at the Blenheim Community Village Residence, the great outdoors, camp songs, and s’mores are something that both residents and staff enjoy.
Over the past 6 years, residents have enjoyed outdoor day and overnight trips into parks across Southern Ontario where they are able to engage in a wide range of activities including:

  • Fishing
  • Singing songs
  • Short hikes
  • Bird watching
  • And great barbequed food

The largest camping trip location is Camp Woodeden, where residents actually stay for 3 days and 2 nights.

“I am 89 years old and this is the first time I have ever camped and loved everything about it” - Jeanne Deschryver, Resident

The day trips are designed to bring both a change of scenery and also ensure that everyone remains active in the community. It is also an opportunity to help break down generational barriers by connecting staff with residents in a different environment.

“For some residents this is their first experience with camping and for others a reliving of old memories such as: fishing followed by an outdoor fish fry.” Gwen Daly, Executive Director, Blenheim Community Village Long-Term Care Home

At the end of each event, it is easy to see from the smiles on everyone’s faces how much fun was had and how important the outings are. The camping adventures are definitely something that everyone looks forward to every year.