Burnbrae Gardens resident Myrtle May Johnstone shows off her newly polished nails.
Burnbrae 'beauty nook' big with residents
101-year-old resident inspiring other ladies to get nails doneOctober 4, 2012
Many of the ladies living at Burnbrae Gardens are lining up outside the Campbellford long-term care home’s “beauty nook” Wednesday afternoons to have their nails done or to get paraffin-wax treatments.
Although the program started about five years ago, it has picked up steam during the last couple of years. As more residents have become interested in getting dolled up, largely because of the enthusiasm of resident Myrtle May Johnstone, says life enrichment worker Tiffany Martell.
Martell says Johnstone has long been a fan of the program and tries to encourage others to get their nails done during beauty nook day.
Martell, who launched the program shortly after starting her position at the home, says the 101-year-old resident has been inspiring others to have Martell or one of the home’s volunteers do their nails.
“She’s always the first one to come,” says Martell of Johnstone.
Aside from the personal benefits residents garner from the program, Martell says the ladies who join the beauty nook also use the time to socialize and get to know each other better.
“The residents come out as a group and they get talking about stuff, and we have the music going sometimes,” says Martell.
Johnstone tells the OMNIway she’s enjoying getting her nails done every Wednesday. When congratulated on her ability to inspire other residents to join the program, she chuckles and says, “Why, thank you.”
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