Creative staff ensures Frost Manor residents enjoy Mother’s Day amid global pandemic

With restrictions and protocols in place to keep everyone safe at Frost Manor during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, Mother’s Day was very different this year, but staff members were still able to give the moms living at the Lindsay long-term care home a special day to remember.

Frost Manor, along with OMNI Health Care’s other 17 long-term care homes, is closed to everyone but essential visitors to protect residents and team members during the pandemic.

As a result of these measures, the home was not filled with family members last Sunday as it always is on Mother’s Day.

Since residents were missing their loved ones, staff members had to come up with ideas to make the best of the situation, says life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Lyndsay Burton.

For example, personal support worker Liz Jetten styled the ladies’ hair and life enrichment aide Taylor Davies organized window visits for residents to have with their family members throughout the day, the LEC says.

“Our window was adorned with ’70s-themed décor, with peace and love as the theme this Mother’s Day,” Lyndsay tells The OMNIway.

A sign on a front window had an encouraging message from residents to their families.

“Even though we must stay far out, don’t worry, we are feeling good vibes and happy times! Happy Mother’s Day!” the sign read.

If residents were unable to visit at the window with families, staff members helped them stay in touch by video calling through Google Duo with families.

“It was our hope that even though we had to stay apart from each other, all our mothers were able to be with their family, whether from a distance or virtually,” Lyndsay says.

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