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Mid-summer Hawaiian party a perfect introduction to 'the new normal'

July 28th, 2020

Even though nobody boarded a plane, everyone at Points West Living Prince Albert got a taste tropical luxury at a Hawaiian-themed party on July 24th. Residents and employee care partners got into the mood with Hawaiian themed clothes, fruit, drinks, snacks and music. The party flowed easily from the dining room to the courtyard, where residents and employee care partners enjoyed the newly warm weather.

First social since COVID

“There was no agenda or program,” say General Manager Heather Sander. “Considering it was the first social gathering since COVID we kept it simple, with just visiting, snacks and music. We previously hosted an event like this every two weeks, but with COVID that had to be halted. This party had the feeling of resuming normalcy, even if it wasn’t completely the same as before, it is a new normal we can look forward too. Conversation was very positive.”

“Chef Wilbert Bolotano (who has had years of experience working on a cruise ship) and his team prepared food and snacks that would rival any 5-star resort in Hawaii,” says Heather. “And Denise Dagenais (pictured above; office admin and recreation) and her team decorated and brought the tropics to both our indoor and outdoor space.”

An afternoon to enjoy and remember

“All care partners helped decorate, create the wonderful food, and set up and clean up,” says Heather. “Our servers served all the fruit to keep it COVID safe. In the past it would buffet style but we served all residents with individual cups and bowls, and kept up sanitizing all the tables nonstop and such. It didn’t matter what their role, everyone had the same goal in mind; to create an afternoon our residents can enjoy and remember.”

“The work care partners put in did not go unnoticed by our residents,” adds Heather. “They all mentioned they loved the efforts and talents the care partners put into the afternoon.”

Photo: Denise Dagenais (recreation and office admin) manages the punch table at Points West Living Prince Albert’s Hawaiian Party on July 24th.

More photos at Flickr: Mid-summer Hawaiian party a perfect introduction to ‘the new normal’

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