‘MVV Games’ at Afton Park Place energize and connect staff and residents

'We're letting residents know that they matter and that we want to be part of their lives.'—Sandra Turner

Staff and residents teamed up for the "Photo Fun Days" last week at Afton Park Place in Sarnia.

From photo fun days to a toilet-paper bridal show to a redneck theme, a number of activities energized and connected Afton Park Place residents and staff last week.

The activities were held in honour of National Nursing Week (May 6-12), though all staff were being celebrated, said Sandra Turner, assistant manager of resident care.

“Our overall goal with this was to try to get staff involved and excited with the residents. (We wanted) to include the residents in the overall excitement and activities going on,” Turner says.

“It was about letting the residents know that they matter and that we want to be part of their lives.”

That goal was certainly realized with the photo fun days. Staff members wheeled a cart of paraphernalia and costumes around the home and then staff and residents teamed up to drape themselves in hats, scarves and other weird and wonderful items. Afterwards, they had their pictures snapped together. “That was a huge success,” Turner says.

The toilet-paper bridal show was also a hit. Four staff members each modelled a beautiful bridal gown of toilet paper that members of their unit had worked together to fashion. As the “bride” walked down the main Afton Park staircase, a resident appeared to escort them to the front of the main lobby. There residents and staff applauded the entries and celebrated the winning gown.

One of the themes of the week – a redneck day – also elicited a lot of chuckles and smiles. “We had all kinds of people that dressed up in coveralls and blacked their teeth out,” Turner says. “It was a lot of fun. The staff really enjoyed that and the residents too; they thought it was funny,”

The games were dubbed the MVV Games, with the MVV referring to Mission, Vision and Values. Afton Park Place has been holding in-services on the new mission, vision and values of its parent organization, Steeves and Rozema. “Now we just wanted to solidify that with our games and get to a more fun type of learning (in order to) to drill them home with staff,” Turner says.

To boost participation in the games, all team members were divided into inter-disciplinary units and then the units competed against each other for points. The winning bride, for instance, won points for her unit.

At the end of the week, the unit with the most points – Madison Unit – won a passel of treats, including chips, pop and other goodies. Members of the unit were working on those treats all weekend, Turner 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.

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