October Creative Cart Contest: Who did it best?

Below are all of the October Creative Carts from our communities, view each one and vote for your favorite at the bottom of the page! Already know who you are voting for? Scroll to the bottom of this page to submit your vote!

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Creative Cart | Spring Hills Park Ridge

Theme: The Fall Season

What can you tell us about your Creative Cart?

The inspiration behind this cart is Fall season. We think of pumpkins, apples, spices and etc. We had residents paint their own pumpkins. This shows off their creative side. Some residents took their pumpkins to their apartments and others left it out in display for others to see. This was a fun Project. We had a discussion about pumpkins and played pumpkin trivia. We incorporated apples in our programs for the month of October as well.

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Creative Cart | Poet’s Walk San Antonio

Theme: Fall Tastes

What can you tell us about your Creative Cart?

We wanted to incorporate the farm to table aspect of Harvest by bringing fresh produce to our residents. Our cart included bowls of fresh fruits and vegetables that were easy for our residents to consume, but gave their taste buds a diverse exploration on the different produce farms work vigorously to grow. Residents were able to interact with staff members dressed in plaid shirts and the scarecrows that were decorated alongside the cart. Our team found this cart to be a success by watching our residents faces light up and the measure of smiles that lined the halls as we wheeled the cart their way. We were amazed just how something so simple can bring pure joy to those around us. 

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Creative Cart | Spring Hills Lake Mary

Theme: Apple Tree

What can you tell us about your Creative Cart?

What was the inspiration behind creation of this cart?
-One resident gave us the idea to do an apple tree cart. Other residents mentioned they had never gotten to pick apples.
How was the cart utilized to engage Residents?
-the cart engaged residents during our Happy Hour Traveling Cart! We had a few apple themed snacks and refreshments. (Apple crumble, apple cider). Residents also got to “pick” an apple out of the tree!
Describe how this was a success oriented activity enjoyed by Residents.
– I was originally going to use craft supplies to make the tree but then I saw things that would help make the tree more realistic. The residents were in awe seeing it! They really enjoyed the snacks and they got a kick of being able to pick their apple!

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Creative Cart | Spring Hills Cherry Hill

Theme: The Garden

What can you tell us about your Creative Cart?

What was the inspiration behind creation of this cart?
Well, Harvest. One can’t have a Harvest without some on planting a seed. Since Jon Gordon was introduced to us at Spring Hills, we have enjoyed reading his books and the current book, the Garden inspired our cart theme.
How was the cart utilized to engage Residents?
One of our team member painted the canvas. The Canvas was used to promote the book “Garden” and we displayed in our main lobby. It helped built anticipation.
Describe how this was a success oriented activity enjoyed by Residents.
Lisa used her cooking skills and created a beautiful masterpiece using pumpkin, whipped cream, pudding and creativity to create a delicious treat which the residents as asking for us to duplicate because they loved it so much.

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Creative Cart | Spring Hills Somerset

Theme: Harvest Delights

What can you tell us about your Creative Cart?

As we enter into the harvest season let us enlighten our senses with harvest delights. There are so many fond memories around this season with apple picking, pumpkin picking, smells of cinnamon and spice. This was the inspiration behind our cart. We engaged all the sense of our residents as we journeyed through the hallways leavings the scent of pumpkin spice, apple and cinnamon. The joy on their face as the cart approached was smiles from ear to ear. With the Spring Hills initials carved into the pumpkin it caught the eye of all those who passed by. Our residents truly enjoyed these delicious harvest delights of warm apple cider, pumpkin cinnamon spice soup served in little pumpkins, apple pie, pumpkin pie, and pecan pie. We were truly honored to lift the spirits of our residents with this cart.

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Creative Cart | Spring Hills Middletown

Theme: Harvest with a Halloween Twist

What can you tell us about your Creative Cart?

The cart was themed Harvest but we gave it a Halloween twist . The residents helped to make the popcorn-corncobs in the basket for an activity. After words we passed out apple cider and ice cream.

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Creative Cart | Poet’s Walk Sarasota

Theme: The Harvest

What can you tell us about your Creative Cart?

We had so much fun putting this together and our residents loved it. We hope everyone loves it as much as we do!

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Creative Cart | Spring Hills Matawan

Theme: Harvest Fest

What can you tell us about your Creative Cart?

We had so much fun putting this together and our residents loved it. We hope everyone loves it as much as we do!

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Creative Cart | Spring Hills Princeton

Theme: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

What can you tell us about your Creative Cart?

Inspired by the 1966 American television special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” for our creative cart contest submission, we were able to tie together the cartoon classic to our present-day resident engagement. Our team was drawn to the idea of laughter and happiness during the autumn months, and we did our very best to transfer back some nostalgic memories to the residents of Spring Hills Princeton. Our goal was to compensate as much as possible for the inability to enjoy external fall activities currently during the pandemic. Utilizing the HarvestFEST theme, we chose to incorporate a Peanut episode into our planning, as it goes the extra mile to create a sense of normalcy and excitement.

Since our residents are unable to go to an orchard or to a nearby farmer’s market, we decided to bring each of these localities to them! We served apple cider donuts from Terhune Orchards and cold apple cider from McCaffrey’s Farmer’s Market, along with fresh fruits & vegetables. Our staff paraded down the hallways to the Peanuts soundtrack, knocking on doors and displaying our two carts. We also handed out small pumpkins for residents to paint, and indoor plants for residents to take care of.

This was a success-oriented activity because the plan and process of our creation was not our primary focus. Our team wanted to get a chuckle, crack a smile, and/or provide a sense of comfort that is so difficult to attain during these times. We created Snoopy out of a combination of pumpkins and squash, and transformed our previous Happy Hour cart into a Farmer’s Market on wheels in a matter of days. Our Snoopy will now remain on display for residents to get a further glance at as we resume small group activities shortly.

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Creative Cart | Spring Hills Hunter’s Creek

Theme: Fresh Garden

What can you tell us about your Creative Cart?

What was the inspiration behind creation of this cart?
We wanted to take our favorite things about our own harvest, our garden, and give it all a lovely autumn twist. Our favorite garden activities include enjoying healthy treats, designing handmade art, and keeping cheerful reminders around to get out in the fresh air of the garden

How was the cart utilized to engage Residents?
As you see on our cart, the first tier of engagement was enjoying healthy harvest snacks. We shared infused water and delicious veggies to brig the energy to our cart party. Our second tier we were able to get creative with our volunteer program! One of our volunteers made beautiful mini succulents to give to Residents as a simple, uplifting reminder to take a moment to spend time in nature. Our final tiers reflects our own Resident’s creativity and connection to the beauty of the fall season- you can see all of their lovely art on display, ready to bring joy to their neighbors, associates, and seeing their own creations on display.

Describe how this was a success oriented activity enjoyed by Residents.

This cart had four goals.

1) Achieve an autumn atmosphere, which many of our Residents gave lavish compliments to the design!

2) To bring healthy, harvest-centered snacks and hydration around to Residents. They ate the veggies right up and said the infused water was a pleasant surprise!

3) To employ a creative tactic to encourage Residents to independently enjoy the garden more in these individually-focused times. We achieved this by providing the mini succulents, which both decorate and motivate!

4) We wanted the Residents to have a sense of pride and ownership in the cart, which is why we took special care to add their harvest art as a feature of the cart! Our Spring Cottage Residents made the beautiful leaves while our Assisted Living Residents gave us the heartwarming wooden art.

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Creative Cart | Poet’s Walk Warrenton

Theme: Harvest Fest

What can you tell us about your Creative Cart?

In follow-up to our fabulous Care Cart conversion into an actual Train for September – Poet’s Walk Warrenton is proud to present their “HARVETSFest” themed submission for October! The Resident Cart Planning Committee came up with a Hay Ride/Harvest Pull idea with lotsa seasonal crops, fall leaves, apples and additional request to, “Make it Fun!” so, we got a couple of “friends” to help us out and even let them take it out for a ride!

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Creative Cart | Spring Hills Mount Vernon

Theme: The Fall Season

What can you tell us about your Creative Cart?

For our October Contest we got inspired by the fall season. We wanted to create something more than just a decorative cart (while we can) to our residents. Our goal was to create something that was intereactive, social and an experience. Our residents LOVED IT! they all got a chance to come to each station and select from a variety of seasonal desserts, fresh flowers, cold cider and fresh fruits.

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Creative Cart | Poet’s Walk Fredericksburg

Theme: The Giant Scarecrow

What can you tell us about your Creative Cart?

1. The inspiration behind the cart was protecting the harvest and what better way than a giant scarecrow. Which then brought us to the wizard of Oz.
2. We used the carts to engage residents sensory with a delicious Scarecrow Crunch with lots of flavors of fall.
3. Once we had the cart done we went around the building passing out our mini scarecrow bags and playing the wizard of Oz sound track which a lot of residents joined in to sing the classic tunes.

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Creative Cart | Poet’s Walk Henderson

Theme: Fall Traditions

What can you tell us about your Creative Cart?

What was the inspiration behind creation of this cart?

Fall itself; the season of change that feels oh-so-familiar with nostalgic memories and traditions.

How was the cart utilized to engage Residents?

Beyond it’s functional uses, the cart became a conversation piece that invoked thoughts and discussions ranging from season recollections from youth and family, to fall’s spiritual symbolism.

Describe how this was a success oriented activity enjoyed by Residents.

When our residents re-told their stories of the fall season and Holidays, each came alive with memory and emotion. Connecting to those long-ago memories provided stimulating distractions and a comforting pathway to increasing self-worth and a sense of belonging.

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