Hallway music keeps Garden Terrace residents movin’ and groovin’

Garden Terrace resident Jack Dean is pictured here having a laugh during a hallway dance.

Garden Terrace team members are proving they can still provide a fun atmosphere to keep residents’ spirits high while maintaining important physical distancing protocols in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home have been breaking out the music and encouraging residents to dance along to the beat in what interim life enrichment co-ordinator Kelly Peterson describes as “terrific time” for all.

Garden Terrace, 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 ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.

Visitation is an important part of life in long-term care homes, and residents and family members are naturally missing each other.

Regular programming is also on hold while safety measures are in place, so small things like playing music in the hallways can make a major difference for both residents and staff members, Kelly says.

“Music really makes a difference in keeping our spirits up,” she tells The OMNIway.

One resident, Jack Dean, particularly enjoyed a recent hallway dance, so a staff member snapped a photo of him in action.

“What better way to know we are making a positive impact than Jack’s big grin,” Kelly says.

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