Gifts and letters to residents and staff ‘have put some sunshine back into our day’
Going through a COVID-19 outbreak is challenging for any long-term care home, but when the local community pitches in to show its support during a difficult time, the resulting positive impact makes a big difference to everyone’s morale.
Country Terrace recently ended a COVID-19 outbreak that began on Dec. 10 at the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home and impacted both residents and staff.
During this time, community groups and individuals showed their support for Country Terrace residents and staff through many kind gestures, says Christie Patterson, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.
The Delaware Lioness Club donated a variety of items, from gift cards to snacks, to residents and staff members.
Gateway Church in Komoka donated gift bags with a drink, chocolate and protein bar for each staff member as well as letters of support for the residents.
Country Terrace also received many donations from family members, community members and neighbours throughout the duration of the pandemic, Christie says.
“These special gifts warm the staff hearts knowing they are not alone and being supportive through these challenging times,” Christie tells The OMNIway.
“Staff are missing residents, residents are missing other residents, (but) these notes and donations have put some sunshine back into our day. Thank you to everyone’s kindness.”
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