Elderly care home set up a slip and slide for residents because fun is ageless
A residential care home has given seniors a chance to have fun in the sun in the best possible way. The Oaks at Northpointe in Zanesville, Ohio - a nursing community for elderly people, set up a slip-and-slide outside their nursing home on a hot day on June 7, and the residents seemed to love playing on it.
A video of 94-year-old resident Millie going down the water slide with the help of a nurse, therapist and another staff member, has gone viral on social media, delighting viewers.
Commenting on the initiative, which was set up by employees working at the home in honour of Senior Health and Wellness Day, executive director Jackie Altier told PEOPLE:
"They said that the slip-and-slide event brought back their childhood. They said it reminded them of the good times that they used to have with their families and their kids, and when they were kids. They had a blast."
Check out the incredible footage of the seniors using the slip-n-slide in the video below:
She added: "[Millie] went down the slide three times! She loved it. I have three different videos of Millie on the slide and as she’s coming down she’s yelling, ‘I love it! I love this!’ She said …. the only thing she’d change is she wanted to go down the whole hill, but we could only go down half of it."
Altier continued: "We immediately started talking about how we could do this safely. We went with a duck because of the head, that would provide support for the people who wouldn’t be stable in a seated position without that support. We used gait belts. We chose a location close to the curb so that way we could transfer the patient onto the duck.”
The video currently boasts over eight million views and more than 122,804 shares. A total of 30 of the facility’s 98 residents participated in the slip-and-slide event, with Millie being the oldest. Wow, what a heartwarmingly-adorable way to get old people outdoors during the hot months!