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CHSLD residents can’t get enough of Elvis

Elvis rocked the Huntingdon Residential and Long-term Care Centre (CHSLD) earlier this year in January, when renowned tribute artist Sylvain Leduc performed for a very appreciative audience including residents and their families.

This was the second time the Salaberry-de-Valleyfield native performed some of Elvis’s most-popular hits for the residents at the CHSLD, and they loved every second.

The concerts were organized following a call for projects that responded to the Long-Term Care and Services Policy at the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie-Ouest (CISSSMO). The policy supports the continuous improvement of care and services through local initiatives that involve long-term care communities and encourage the social participation of residents.

The first concert took place at the Centre d’Hébergement d’Ormstown (CHSLD). Following the overwhelming success of the event, it was decided that “the King” should tour all the CHSLDs in the area.

“Everyone enjoys the show,” says Véronique Blais, a communications and public affairs representative for the CISSSMO. “The residents’ reactions and emotions are entirely positive. Some cry, others dance, or laugh,” she adds.


Elvis tribute artist Sylvain Leduc performed for the residents at the Huntingdon Residential and Long term Care Centre CHSLD in January PHOTO Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie Ouest CISSSMO


Blais says that it is essential for residents to be exposed to this type of activity so they regain a sense of normalcy, especially following the isolation periods during the pandemic and subsequent outbreaks. “Listening to or playing music can help people with dementia to develop and maintain relationships with others while improving their own wellbeing.”

The concerts and other activities organized at the various CHSLDs help residents to express feelings and ideas, both verbally and non-verbally, and they can help stimulate memories as well.

Lisa De Repentigny, the leisure technician at the Huntingdon Residential and Long-term Care Centre (CHSLD), says that aside from special events such as the visit from Elvis, and the Tender Loving Care musical afternoons, there are themed activities that take place each month. For example, a Mother’s Day brunch is being planned for the month of May for residents and their families.

De Repentigny says she also tries to incorporate intergenerational activities into the schedule. Students participating in the leadership program at École Arthur-Pigeon in Huntingdon visit the CHSLD two to three times per month for various activities, and children from the elementary schools as well as the Kaleidoscope childcare centre also visit with residents on occasion.

“It is a small centre but there is a lot going on,” she says, noting it is largely thanks to dedicated volunteers that they can have hold so many events.

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