Recreation staff at Balcarres Integrated Care Centre have gone the extra mile to ensure long-term care residents experience minimal disruptions to their daily routines despite the restrictions that have resulted from COVID-19.
In compliance with physical distancing and maximum group sizes, residents participated in planting flowers, tomatoes and peppers. Recreation staff have also organized COVID-19-compliant spring crafts, bingo, and a Mother’s Day Tea complete with lace tablecloths, tea pots and orchids.
One resident enjoyed a unique virtual 100th birthday party utilizing iPads donated by Computers For Schools (CFS). Twelve family members joined the celebration through Zoom and dietary staff graciously volunteered to make a birthday cake.
Many window visits have been arranged for residents and families, who sometimes bring their own lawn chairs. Windows wallpapered with pictures, notes, coloured pages from grandchildren and, in one case, a family of ceramic ducks, have also lifted many spirits.
“Our residents have really been amazing through these difficult times,” said Facility Manager Sandra Barrie. “I cannot begin to say how immensely proud I am of all my staff during this pandemic. There hasn’t been a day that I have not witnessed smiles on residents’ faces or heard laughter in the hallways.”