Not only is the machine providing residents with easy access to drinks and snacks, it’s being used as an infection-control tool
After a staff vending machine at Frost Manor was slated for removal, residents of the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home decided to buy the machine so they would have easy access to soft drinks, chocolate bars and other snacks.
The vending machine was moved from the staff room to a common area of the home. The machine has been christened “Frosty Vending”, with the words embossed on the side.
Lyndsay Burton, Frost Manor’s life enrichment co-ordinator, says proceeds from the vending machine will be added to funds raised by sales from the home’s tuck cart, a mobile cart selling drinks and snacks.
“(The vending machine) has become a great extension of the tuck cart and is a win-win situation (because) residents are now able to access treats and goodies at all hours, and staff are able to purchase from the vending machine, further supporting the residents’ tuck cart fund,” she tells The OMNIway.
The tuck cart fund has been used in the past to buy special items, such as the home’s campfire pit, as well as to help pay for entertainment before the COVID-19 pandemic began.
But Lyndsay notes the vending machine has been valuable in another way.
Since the vending machine sees lots of traffic, team members are using it as a tool to help teach residents about the importance of washing their hands before and after buying drinks and snacks.
“Residents have really responded well to the infection-control practices in the home and are encouraging others to hand-wash as well,” Lyndsay says.
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PHOTO CAPTION: Frost Manor resident Sylvia Trumbull poses with “Frost Vending”, the vending machine the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home’s residents’ council recently acquired.