Frost Manor residents get their own vending machine

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.

Annual Tropical Day brings sunny atmosphere to Frost Manor

A Hawaiian dance from the environmental services team was the highlight of the day

Frost Manor hosted its annual Tropical Day on March 25, and in keeping with the spirit of the occasion, the environmental services team was inspired to bring a little bit of Hawaii to residents of the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home.

The environmental services team dressed in seashell-top bikinis, grass skirts and leis and did a Hawaiian dance through the dining rooms during breakfast, a gesture that received a round of applause from residents and their fellow staff members.

With restrictions in place to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the team wanted to bring some extra fun and laughter to everyone to keep spirits up, says Frost Manor environmental services and maintenance manager Rick Riel.

“There was much-needed laughter and funny comments,” he tells The OMNIway.

Tropical Day was part of Spirit Days, a string of themed days where residents and staff members participate in activities centred on fun ideas.

After their dance, the environmental services team posed for a photo, and Rick, who can be seen in the centre of the picture (see above top photo), appears to be tired out from watching staff perform many hours of high-intensity cleaning.

“Environmental services aides Robert Reynolds, Tanya Smith and Nathan Durham remained happy and upbeat about performing these tasks daily,” Rick jokes, adding his staff has done a “great job … keeping the home clean, safe and fun for all our residents.”

The life enrichment department ensured every resident was in the spirit of the day by offering pina coladas, and there was also a tropical-themed painting class where residents painted hibiscus flowers.

Lyndsay Burton, Frost Manor’s life enrichment co-ordinator, says events like this are crucial during this challenging time when large-group activities and outside entertainment are not possible.

“Spirit days such as these are so important during the pandemic, it is a time for us to have fun, let loose and be creative,” she says.

“We had so much fun bringing in the warm weather; since we can’t travel, we brought the vacation to Frost Manor this year.”

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Bingo, a prize draw and green beer mark St. Patrick’s Day at Frost Manor

Safety restrictions meant activities were low-key, but there was still lots of fun and laughter for residents

St. Patrick’s Day was low-key this year at Frost Manor, but the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home’s residents and team members still celebrated all things Irish on March 17.

In the morning, residents and staff dressed up in green St. Patrick’s Day attire and shared a laugh at what everyone was wearing, says Frost Manor life enrichment co-ordinator Lyndsay Burton.

Later in the day, residents and staff played “lucky bingo” in the different areas of the home. There was also a prize draw from a “pot of gold,” and those selecting a winning token received a cash prize.

Since there is currently no large-group programming at Frost Manor due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, team members organized St. Patrick’s Day activities for small groups of residents, with social distancing and other safety measures in effect.

And, of course, no St. Patrick’s Day would be complete without refreshments, so team members served pints of green beer to residents who wished to have a drink as well as other festive treats.

Because of restrictions in place to keep everyone safe during the pandemic, St. Patrick’s Day had to be toned down compared to previous years, but residents still enjoyed the fun and laughter that comes with the occasion, Lyndsay says.

“The residents enjoyed the special programming, and we said, ‘everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s day,’ ” she says.

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Resident Chrystol Broom crowned Miss Frost Manor 2021

Second annual Beauty Shots day and pageant was once again a big hit with residents

Resident Chrystol Broom was crowned Miss Frost Manor 2021 during the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home’s second annual Beauty Shots day and pageant.

On Feb. 4 and 5, Frost Manor hosted the Beauty Shots program which begins with the life enrichment team primping and pampering residents before they have glamour photos taken. Residents try on different styles of clothing and their makeup is done.

Team members then take photos of residents in a variety of poses along with props, such as sunglasses and floral bouquets.

Although only in its second year, the Beauty Shots program and Miss Frost Manor pageant are becoming resident-favourite events at Frost Manor, says life enrichment manager Lyndsay Burton.

“This program always goes over so well with the residents, and the staff have just as much fun dressing up the residents and offering up suggestions for posing,” she tells The OMNIway.

At the end of the Beauty Shots program, the Miss Frost Manor contest is held. Residents and staff members vote for the best pose of the day.

Chrystol won the Miss Frost Manor contest for her poses. This recognition is also awarded to a resident who displays the values of friendship, citizenship and being beautiful inside and out, Lyndsay explains.

Chrystol was awarded a certificate, sash, crown and flowers to mark the occasion.

Resident Heather Marshall won the first Miss Frost Manor contest in 2020.

Heather was asked if she was sad to be passing the crown.

“No, I am happy to see another resident win,” she says. “I love seeing all the photos of us all dressed up.”

When Chrystol was asked how she felt about receiving the award, with tears in her eyes she replied, “I wasn’t expecting this; this is wonderful.”

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Frost Manor team pleased residents have received first dose of Moderna vaccine

Nurses administered Moderna vaccine to 50 residents

Residents of Frost Manor have now received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine to help protect them from the COVID-19 virus.

The nursing team at the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home vaccinated 50 residents in early February. The residents are expected to receive the required booster dose of the vaccine within 28 days.

With all the supplies loaded into a cart, two Frost Manor nurses went around the home to vaccinate the residents who had given consent.

The nurses went through each area of the home vaccinating one resident at a time, with one nurse administering the vaccine while another nurse filled out the required documentation.

Prior to administering the vaccines, the nurses explained to residents the importance of being vaccinated in order to protect them against the highly contagious COVID-19 virus.

“(The vaccinations) went very well and very quickly and there were no issues,” the Frost Manor nursing team said in a statement to The OMNIway.

All but two residents received the vaccine. One resident requested not to be immunized and another resident could not be vaccinated due to health reasons.

The COVID-19 pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization in March 2020. At the time of this writing, the Government of Canada website is reporting there have been 804,260 cases of people in Canada contracting the virus. The website reports that 20,767 Canadians have died as a result of COVID-19 infection.

The Government of Ontario says on its website that vaccinations will be crucial to curbing COVID-19 infection.

“(Vaccines) will be an important tool to help stop the spread of the virus and allow individuals, families and workers to safely resume normal life,” the website states.

“The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine does not cause a coronavirus infection. It helps to build up your immunity to the virus, so your body will fight it off more easily if it affects you.”

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Virtual fundraiser nets $1,500 for Frost Manor residents’ council

Support from families, local businesses and staff helped make the event successful, says LEC

Thanks to the support and generosity of residents’ families, family council and the local community, more than $1,500 was raised for Frost Manor’s residents’ council during the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home’s annual Christmas fundraiser.

The success of the fundraiser was quite a feat for Frost Manor, since the event had to be hosted virtually.

Every holiday season the home hosts a Christmas crafts sale to raise money for the residents’ council. However, due to restrictions in place to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the crafts sale was replaced with a gift-card raffle – an idea the family council came up with during a video meeting.

Family members donated gift cards to the fundraiser as did many businesses in the area, including Canadian Tire, Food Basics, Garry’s Garden Gallery, Boston Pizza, Domino’s Pizza and Home Hardware.

Raffle tickets were sold, and the gift cards were raffled off in a draw. All money raised has been put into the residents’ council fund.

“We didn’t purchase a single gift card, it was all donations,” Frost Manor life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Lyndsay Burton tells The OMNIway.

“And it was all done virtually. If we had to do any ticket pick-ups or drop-offs, they were socially distanced.”

Lyndsay says the “ticket ambassadors” – Frost Manor staff members who helped sell the raffle tickets – played a big part in making the fundraiser successful.

“With the lockdown, they weren’t able to sell to as many people as they normally would, but they were still able to sell to their family and friends,” she says.

The residents’ council fund helps pay for outings and in-house entertainment. Since such events could not be held for much of 2020 due to the pandemic, the council fund has been growing, Lyndsay says.

And the residents are eager to spend the money once they can, she adds.

“When (the pandemic) is over, we will have a big celebration.”

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Local businesses show support for Frost Manor Christmas fundraiser

‘We have had some awesome donations from the community’

Frost Manor’s annual Christmas crafts sale and fundraiser helps the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home’s residents’ council fund entertainment, programs and outings each year.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Frost Manor staff and family council members had to put their thinking caps on and come up with a different way to raise money for residents’ council this holiday season.

Meeting via Zoom video calls, they decided to host a gift-card raffle this year.

Fortunately, the local community has been supportive, and at the time of this writing, there has been about $400 worth of gift cards collected, says Frost Manor life enrichment co-ordinator Lyndsay Burton.

Raffle tickets will then be sold, the gift cards raffled off in a draw, and all money raised will once again be put into the residents’ council fund.

Some of the local businesses that have donated to the raffle include Canadian Tire, Food Basics, Garry’s Garden Gallery, Boston Pizza, Domino’s Pizza and Home Hardware.

Lyndsay says Frost Manor is grateful for the support the community has shown.

“We have had some awesome donations from the community,” she tells The OMNIway.

“It’s a very tight-knit community around here, and everybody is willing to help, so it wasn’t hard to get (businesses involved), that’s for sure.”

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Frost Manor resident and LE team member collaborate on Remembrance Day project

Resident Gordon Browning and LEA Sarah Thayer created a memorial based on a design envisioned by former team member Kim Williams

Just before Remembrance Day at Frost Manor, a memorial that was initially envisioned by former life enrichment aide (LEA) Kim Williams was completed by resident Gordon Browning and team member Sarah Thayer and put on display at the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home.

The memorial features the silhouette of a soldier kneeling in front of a grave marked with a cross with a poppy – the symbol of remembrance – at the centre.

Below the silhouetted image are the words “Lest we forget”.

The silhouette of the soldier was originally created by Kim, who is now the LEC at Pleasant Meadow Manor in Norwood.

The silhouette image of the soldier was in a storage area, where it was discovered by maintenance manager Rick Riel.

Rick suggested it be used for Remembrance Day.

Gordon and Sarah designed the backdrop for the image, and the finished product was put on display for Remembrance Day.

Sarah, an LEA, and Gordon, a retired police officer, worked on a project together, putting on features to add to the work Kim had started.

Frost Manor life enrichment co-ordinator Lyndsay Burton says everyone was impressed by the teamwork Gordon and Sarah put into the project.

“Together, Gordon and Sarah were able to create a scene (based on) what Kim’s original vision was,” she says.

“It’s a beautiful board that we’re really proud of. It was really great how we were able to save one of (Kim’s) projects and then expand upon it, and we will have it for years to come to put out for Remembrance Day.”

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Frost Manor looking ahead to maintain programing and visitation during colder months

Team members will ‘try to keep things as normal as possible’ while adhering to safety guidelines

With the start of winter less than a month away, Frost Manor team members have been looking at ways to maintain programming and visitation for residents during the colder months while adhering to important safety measures as the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lyndsay Burton, the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator, says she and her team will “try to keep things as normal as possible” for residents in the coming months.

“We are still running programs with the usual social distancing (and with) the usual cleaning and sanitizing, so that does help that the residents can have some sense of normality going into the winter season,” she says.

Naturally, residents have been missing the in-house entertainment that’s normally a cornerstone of programing at Frost Manor.

Instead, Lyndsay says the team has been focusing on providing residents with Montessori-style activities, which she says have been especially fruitful for residents who normally don’t participate in programming.

Montessori activities include programs that tap into people’s strengths, such as colouring or sorting items.

“We have been focusing on that because a lot of our low-active residents did enjoy coming to music programs, so we want to make sure that their needs are still being met,” Lyndsay says.

Because visitation will continue to be important for residents and their families, especially during the holiday season, Frost Manor is working to create a new window-visiting location to provide families with some cover from the wind and the other elements, she adds.

Due to the uncertainty and changing rules surrounding visitation during the pandemic, the Frost Manor team is trying to stay ahead of the curve by always having window visits as an option for residents to connect with their loved ones, Lyndsay says.

“We want to still be able to offer window visits and still have the (outdoor visits) as well, so a lot of the visits are really working off of the guidelines created by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,” she says.

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Frost Manor family council connects for the first time since pandemic began

Council discusses pandemic and Christmas fundraiser ideas during video conference

For the first time since February, members of Frost Manor’s family council had a meeting on Oct. 29 when they connected during a video conferencing session.

Lyndsay Burton, the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator, also attended the meeting which focused on several topics, including the global COVID-19 pandemic and how to create a safe Christmas fundraiser.

For many of the council members, this was a time to reconnect with one another and discuss how the pandemic has affected them and their loved ones, Lyndsay tells The OMNIway.

“Some of the meeting focused on emotional topics about how they are separated from their loved ones and how it has impacted them having a loved one living in a long-term care home and how they have had to adapt to the changes that have happened,” Lyndsay says.

Lyndsay says the atmosphere was “exciting” and upbeat for family members. Simply having a chance to see each other and chat was important to them, she adds.

“It was nice to be able to see everybody in a group setting again, and we were laughing and joking as we got tours of everyone’s home and updates about what everyone was doing because they hadn’t seen each other in so long, so it was good for them to catch up and hear about what everybody has been up to for the past several months,” Lyndsay says.

One of the topics of discussion was the annual Christmas crafts sale and fundraiser, which Frost Manor will not be able to host this year due to the pandemic.

Instead, family council discussed the possibility of having a gift-card fundraiser by contacting local businesses to donate gift cards and selling raffle tickets for gift-card prizes.

“We discussed the logistics of doing that, so that will be the question to ponder for next meeting,” Lyndsay says.

Lyndsay says the Zoom-call meeting went so well the family council will continue to connect virtually during the pandemic.

“We are going to stick to the normal days where we have council meetings, but they will just be online,” she says.

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