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Family style camping retreat meaningful for all

March 1, 2024

For over a decade, once a year peopleCare residents and staff from across our Homes enjoy quality time together at the beautiful Hidden Acres retreat.

Two peopleCare staff with a happy male resident at the annual camping retreat

Residents and staff enjoy time together at family style retreat without schedules or barriers

Located in Perth, Ontario, the centre is known for its serene natural surroundings and tranquil atmosphere, offering a sanctuary for people of all ages to connect with nature and rejuvenate their spirits. Residents choose how they want to spend their days, reconnect with nature and delight in leisure pastimes like fishing, nature walks, campfires, movies, reading, painting, card games and more.

Attendees of the most recent trip included Albert, who signed on for the trip not long after his 100th birthday. For him, this retreat was more than a vacation— it was a celebration of a life well-lived as he spent several days basking in beautiful natural surroundings, connecting with fellow seniors who shared the same zest for life.

“I didn’t think overnight camping was something I would do at 100 years old, but I’m glad I came,” Albert reflected. “Nothing like sitting outside and taking in the scenery.”

Photo of woman hugging man by the lake

Director of Programs Kristen Leal and Albert enjoying the view by the lake

Albert’s story is a reminder that age is no barrier when it comes to embracing life’s adventures
and the enduring joy of shared experiences. The unique experience also puts the emphasis on the relationships between people (vs staff and resident). “Enjoying the time together in this way, it feels more like we’re a family,” is how one team member describes it.

S’mores and singalongs are a highlight for all.

Creating these kinds of life-enriching experiences for residents and staff to share is at the heart of peopleCare’s mission and one more way we’re changing the world of senior living.

Residents and staff on last day of camping retreat

Residents and staff on last day of camping retreat

Watch our latest Annual Residents Retreat video on YouTube.

Thumbnail of peopleCare Annual Resident Retreat video showing a smiling woman sitting in nature