Frost Manor helping residents make the most of the home’s therapy garden

Since opening June 9, residents, accompanied by staff, have been able to enjoy the garden area and participate in some outdoor programming

Summer is here, the weather is warmer, and Frost Manor’s colourful therapy garden is now open.

Since the global COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March, the Lindsay long-term care home has been following strict protocols to keep residents and staff members safe.

This has resulted in social distancing being in effect and group programming being put on hold.

But with the therapy garden now open, staff members can accompany residents outside and, while maintaining social distancing, host some activities, such as fan-favourite games like Yardzee.

“The pandemic adds a new challenge to programming outdoors with social distancing and added infection control measures, (but) our life enrichment team is up to the challenge,” says Frost Manor life enrichment co-ordinator Lyndsay Burton.

The therapy garden opened June 9.

Lyndsay says residents’ family members have played a large part in getting the therapy garden looking its best by providing donations to buy extra flowers.

“The front patio and therapy garden are now bursting with colour,” Lyndsay says. “The added funds allowed us to purchase many more flowers, veggies, soil and new mulch for our gardens.”

Lyndsay says the sunshine and warm weather of late “are a welcome blessing” at Frost Manor, adding residents and team members are spending as much time as possible in the therapy garden.

“Our residents are so proud of how our garden spaces look, and it shows with many residents enjoying their time relaxing or taking part in programs outdoors,” she says.

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