Since the global COVID-19 pandemic began, families and businesses have been sending refreshments and e-mails of support to team members
Since the global COVID-19 pandemic began in mid-March, Forest Hill has seen an outpour of support from family members and local businesses for those working at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home.
Life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Craig Forrest says families have been sending e-mails supporting the team, and many residents’ loved ones have been dropping off refreshments and gift cards from Tim Hortons – a favourite amongst staff – to keep spirits high during the global crisis.
Forest Hill, 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.
But while most family members cannot visit their loved ones, they have not stopped showing their appreciation for the hard work team members are doing to keep everyone safe.
Kim Pate, the daughter of resident Marion Pate, has twice dropped off $200 worth of Tim Hortons gift cards for staff members.
Family member Puran Kasbia, the son of resident Santokh Kaur, has also donated $200 that was put towards buying refreshments from Tim Hortons.
Robert Prager, the son of former Forest Hill resident Ida Prager, has been dropping off Tim Hortons coffee and doughnuts for staff on Thursdays.
The generosity of these family members has provided enough coffee and doughnuts for staff members working on all shifts, Craig says.
A local Tim Hortons outlet also recently dropped off coffee and doughnuts for team members working on a Sunday, the LEC notes.
“Tim Hortons is definitely a theme here,” Craig tells The OMNIway.
Other local businesses have also been showing support for the Forest Hill team. Sanmina Corp. recently donated nearly 100 pizzas from local restaurant Papa Sam’s to the team. Sanmina also treated Forest Hill’s sister home, Garden Terrace, to pizzas recently.
Resident Hertha Davidson’s family members showed up one day holding large signs supporting staff members.
“And the amount of e-mails we’re getting from family members just thanking us for the job we’re doing has been amazing,” Craig says. “Overall, the (family support) has been great.”
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