Doughnuts and safe family time mark Father’s Day at Country Terrace

Pictured above, Country Terrace’s resident dads were treated to coffee and doughnuts on Father’s Day.

‘For Father’s Day we wanted to make sure every dad got a treat as sweet as they are’

Although there were no family gatherings to celebrate Father’s Day at Country Terrace on June 21, the life enrichment team at the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home still managed to make the day “sweet” for all the dads.

Country Terrace, along with OMNI Health Care’s other 17 long-term care homes, is closed to everyone but essential visitors to protect residents and staff members during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.

With safety precautions in place, Father’s Day was different at Country Terrace this year, but it’s an important day of the year for the home’s dads so team members wanted to do something to honour them.

Without the usual family gatherings, the life enrichment team decided to host an event called Doughnuts for Dads and treat the gentlemen living at Country Terrace to doughnuts and coffee from Tim Hortons on Father’s Day.

Effective June 18, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has allowed Ontario long-term care homes to host supervised outdoor visits between residents and their loved ones, provided strict safety protocols, such as social distancing and providing proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test, are in place.

Some dads were able to have “distance visits” with family members while others opted to have FaceTime sessions with their loved ones, says life enrichment aide Rachael LeBlanc.

Staff members also spent much of the day taking photos of the dads to send to their loved ones who couldn’t be with them on Father’s Day.

Rachael says Father’s Day went well, and bringing the resident dads doughnuts was even a little symbolic.

“For Father’s Day we wanted to make sure every dad got a treat as sweet as they are,” she says.

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