Autumn, Michigan’s most fleeting and beautiful season — is also traditionally one of the busiest for Flatrock with the many seasonal activities our residents look forward to every year.
This year’s pandemic posed challenges. But never fear, while the current social distancing climate prevented bringing residents to activities, the Flatrock team’s resourcefulness brought the activities to the residents!
While the large gatherings of the past were not possible , Flatrock was able to stratify events and host for each care home. This way, our Oakley Community Center was able to accommodate a lot of the events that normally take place outside our homes and facilities.
The season was kicked off with a pumpkin patch provided by staff. Interested residents were able to pick their own pumpkins to bring home to paint. Flatrock also brought the cider mill to residents, with apples, cider and donuts.
Of course, the most anticipated events in October are Halloween activities, and this year did not disappoint. Flatrock vans were used to drive through a Halloween-decorated nature park in Genesee County, which included a treat bag at the end.
Care homes participated in Flatrock’s Halloween Home Decorating Contest. Ortonville won for its very creatively themed “Seven Deadly Sins.”
Finally, what is Halloween without trick or treating and costumes? Staff lined up their cars at each care home and interested residents were able to “trunk or treat” and show off their costumes.
The big hit however, was the transformation of Oakley Community Center into a haunted house. Flatrock staff built and acted in it and each care home had a designated time to enjoy the haunted house to keep within social distancing guidelines.
Says Cory Short, Community Service Advocate Manager “Everyone, staff and residents alike, loved the haunted house! It was well received and residents wanted to go back again and again. Oakley is the center of a lot of our popular activities we haven’t been able to use it much lately due to the pandemic, so this was a nice treat for everyone.”