After spending five weeks caring for butterfly chrysalises at Afton Park Place, residents and staff members released 22 painted lady butterflies on June 20.
The Sarnia long-term care home got the idea from a similar project Westmount Gardens had undertaken. Afton Park’s life enrichment team worked hard to get the residents involved with the project from the day the chrysalises arrived to when the butterflies were released, says Stacy Petrie, the home’s life enrichment manager.
Residents helped set up the chrysalises when they arrived at the home May 24. When the butterflies hatched a few days later, residents ensured there was a steady supply of food for them.
Residents had a plethora of kind words for the life enrichment department for organizing the project.
“It was fantastic – this is not something we see every day,” resident Dorothy Bailey says of the butterfly release. “We were just mesmerized.”
Resident Irene Mundy says the project was “one of the best things” she has seen at Afton Park Place, noting that seeing all the butterflies reminded her of growing up in the countryside.
Petrie says what made the project so successful was the hard work the life enrichment team put into it.
“They really interacted with the residents and really got the residents involved with the whole process from the day we got (the chrysalises) until the release,” she says.
This story was provided to the Steeves & Rozema Group by Axiom News and originally appeared on the S&R Today website. Republished with permission.