Springdale departments collaborate to deliver residents requested luncheons

‘Support and teamwork makes all events happen in our home’

Staff members working in every department at Springdale Country Manor have been collaborating to provide the Peterborough-area long-term care home’s residents with special monthly meals.

This idea came from Springdale Country Manor’s residents’ council. The Springdale team has collaborated to make the residents’ wishes come true.

Residents put forth a suggestion for a special lunchtime meal each month, and the life enrichment department, with support from the nutritional care, nursing, environmental services and management teams, makes the monthly luncheons happen, explains Springdale life enrichment co-ordinator Sonia Murney.

The residents have also requested for these luncheons to be held in the large dining room with a smaller group setting.

The home’s departments collaborate to fulfil residents’ wishes, taking into account all social-distancing protocols to keep everyone safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The most recent luncheon was held May 21 and was combined with a party to celebrate resident Lillian de Bassecourt’s 101st birthday. Residents enjoyed make-your-own pizzas and beer.

For June, the plan is to serve residents barbecued steak with fried onions, mushrooms and summer side salads. Nutritional care manager John Wickert will be working the barbecue for the June luncheon, Sonia says.

Sonia underscores the importance of all Springdale team members collaborating for these monthly events.

“Support and teamwork make all events happen in our home,” she says. “From dietary to nursing to PSWs (personal support workers) to environmental services to housekeeping and laundry to management, the activity department appreciates everyone’s support.”

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Springdale resident Lillian de Bassecourt celebrates 101st birthday

Lillian enjoyed phone calls from family, flowers and pizza to mark her special day

Springdale Country Manor resident Lillian de Bassecourt celebrated her 101st birthday at the Peterborough-area long-term care home with a build-your-own pizza luncheon provided to her and other residents on May 21.

Lillian had “a wonderful time” celebrating her special day with residents and staff members, says Sonia Murney, Springdale’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

Aside from the pizza luncheon, which also featured ceasar salad, Canadian maple ice cream and beer for everyone, Lillian received flowers and a window visit from her local family members.

Lillian also received calls from her loved ones living far away, including her grandson, who lives in Australia, and daughter Johanne, who lives in Alberta.

A former ski instructor, Lillian is an active resident at Springdale. Every morning she reads the newspaper, which is a favourite pastime of hers. She is also an avid bingo player and participates in nearly every activity offered. The Springdale fitness program, called Fun and Fit, is another favourite activity of Lillian’s, Sonia says.

Lillian recently moved into a new room at Springdale Country Manor. Sonia says Lillian’s new room provides her with a “beautiful view” of the home’s back courtyard. Lillian enjoys watching birds eat at the feeder and looking at the flowers.

“She can also see the hills and the green farmers’ fields, and she just loves looking at the scenery,” Sonia says.

In fact, Lillian’s daughter Carolyn, who is also her essential caregiver, was recently planting flowers in the courtyard for her mother and other residents to enjoy, Sonia says.

As part of her daily routine, Lillian stops by Sonia’s office to get chocolates and other snacks, Whippets being her favourite.

“And there’s nothing wrong with a little chocolate every day to keep you healthy,” Sonia says.

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Mobile unit is a one-stop activity shop for Springdale residents

Touch2Play system has been ‘worth it’s weight in gold,’ says LEC

A mobile activity unit Springdale Country Manor acquired three months ago has gone a long way to help provide residents of the Peterborough County long-term care home with meaningful activities during a time when large-group programming is not available, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The home purchased the Touch2Play game and activity system in December, and since then it has proven to be “worth its weight in gold” for the hours of entertainment and one-to-one programming it brings residents, says Sonia Murney, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC).

The Touch2Play unit is on a cart and brought to residents in their rooms when they wish to use it. The system includes more than 70 games and puzzles for residents to enjoy, including word searches, connect-the-dots activities, memory activities, crosswords, chess, bowling and garden-building activities.

But the tried and proven favourite activities the unit offers are casino games, Sonia says.

“It doesn’t cost them to play but they want their money when they’re done,” Sonia chuckles. “I’ve seen residents win $200,000 or $300,000 and they think I’m going to cash them out.”

If a game or activity requires two participants, a life enrichment staff member will join in for a one-to-one activity, Sonia notes.

Residents have been eager to use the Touch2Play unit, Sonia says, adding that residents will often book times to use the system, which is carefully sanitized before and after each appointment.

Residents have also adapted quickly to the technology, Sonia adds.

“Once you show them how to do it, they can figure it out and they’re good to go,” she says.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Springdale Country Manor resident Shirley Sweeting is pictured here playing a casino game on the home’s Touch2Play. Shirley’s “big win” on the game was $350,497.

Colourful snowmen bring back winter memories for Springdale residents

With residents’ input, staff members Keyanna O’Rourke and Patricia Stein built two snowmen on their own time for residents to enjoy

Frosty, the world’s most famous snowman, first came to life in a song during the early 1950s, and two Springdale Country Manor team members recently tried to bring that magic to residents of the Peterborough County long-term care home.

Life enrichment aide Keyanna O’Rourke and registered practical nurse Patricia Stein returned to Springdale Country Manor after their shift recently to build two snowmen outside the home for the residents to enjoy.

It was, perhaps, the last chance to build snowmen before the warmer spring weather arrives.

The snowmen are visible through the dining room windows, and Keyanna and Patricia wanted residents to be able to enjoy the snowy figures during their meals, explains Sonia Murney, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

Keyanna and Patricia decorated the snowmen with coloured spray paint, hats, mitts and even the traditional carrot for noses. Residents were asked how they wanted the snowmen to look, and the two team members followed their advice, Sonia says.

“Due to the sun shining, a few repairs had to happen with encouragement and direction from the residents,” Sonia says. “This made some magical memories of snowball fights, fort building, snow angels and tobogganing.”

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COVID-19 vaccinations bring ‘excitement and a relief’ to Springdale

Springdale Country Manor residents have received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine and they are scheduled to have their booster immunization today (March 2).

All the residents of the Peterborough County long-term care home who were vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus provided the necessary consent. There were two residents who declined the vaccination.

Additionally, 11 Springdale staff members were immunized. Springdale staff members have also received the vaccine through a clinic offered at Peterborough Regional Health Centre that is immunizing long-term-home employees, essential caregivers, paramedics and high-risk hospital workers.

With almost all residents and many staff members now vaccinated, Springdale Country Manor life enrichment co-ordinator Sonia Murney says everyone has become more positive about life getting back to being at least a little more normal in the coming months.

While Sonia says safety restrictions will continue to be in place for the foreseeable future, there is a feeling of hopefulness amongst residents and staff members.

“There’s an excitement and a relief,” Sonia tells The OMNIway. “We have kept everybody safe; we have not had COVID in the home and we want to keep it that way.”

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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Springdale residents and staff enjoy ‘Halloween hoedown’

Springdale Country Manor resident Jane Adams is pictured here enjoying the “Halloween Hoedown” the life enrichment team organized.


There are two things most Springdale Country Manor residents love: Halloween and country music. So the Peterborough County long-term care home created a program that combined the spookiest day of the year with a country-western theme.

To keep residents and team members safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, activities were limited to small groups, but the engagement level was high and residents and staff had fun, says Springdale Country Manor life enrichment co-ordinator Sonia Murney.

“We had a celebration up front where residents could come up in small groups at a time in the afternoon, and there were all kinds of treats for them to have,” she says of the program, which was dubbed the Halloween Hoedown.

These treats included sarsaparilla, popcorn that looked like corn on the cob and licorice that looked like dynamite.

Residents and staff members dressed in their favourite cowgirl and cowboy attire. Sonia sported a costume that had her as a cowgirl sitting atop a bull.

And, of course, there was lots of country music for the residents to enjoy.

Team members also decorated the home with combined Halloween- and western-themed fixtures, such as hay bales topped with pumpkins and a signpost that included directions to the saloon, blacksmith shop and post office.

Sonia says the program proved to be a great way to bring residents and team members together in a fun way.

“(The Halloween Hoedown) was for everybody – both residents and staff – and we all had a lot of fun,” she says.

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Springdale residents treated to their first live entertainment since March

Performer Trevor Baker played country music for residents from outside the dining room window Oct. 5

SPRINGVILLE, Ont. – Springdale Country Manor residents were treated to their first live music entertainment since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, and they couldn’t have been happier.

While outside entertainers are still restricted from performing inside Ontario long-term care homes due to safety restrictions in place, Trevor Baker was able to perform country music during the lunch hour on Oct. 5 from outside in the courtyard while residents watched through the dining room window.

He performed for residents during both mealtime sittings.

During Trevor’s performance, Sonia Murney, the Peterborough County long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator, came outside to tell The OMNIway what was happening inside.

“When he first started playing, one resident wheeled herself right over to the window to listen because it has been months since residents have had live entertainment,” she said.

Sonia said since the pandemic began staff members have sung for residents and there have been karaoke programs, but it’s not the same as having professional entertainers come to play.

“The residents are really loving the music; it has been really nice for them. Some residents are even asking if he takes requests,” she said. “We’ve had requests for songs by George Strait and Travis Tritt.”

Given the success of Trevor’s outdoor performance, Springdale is hoping to provide dinnertime entertainment from the courtyard at some point, Sonia said.

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