LEA builds activity cart in her spare time

Lynanne Campbell makes ‘something, ordinary, extraordinary’

Life enrichment aide (LEA) Lynanne Campbell may not be at work but her mind is clearly on the residents of Maplewood.

In her spare time, she built an activity cart on wheels and stocked it with a variety of items for residents of the Brighton long-term care home to use.

“Lynanne is always thinking about how she can make something ordinary, extraordinary,” Rachel Corkery, Maplewood administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC), tells The OMNIway.

The unique cart is custom-made and includes multiple shelves full of activities and supplies. There are items including crossword puzzles, books, magazines, puzzles, crafts, paints, yarn, a sensory box and games such as a Rubik’s Cube and a Slinky.

There are even some packaged snacks on the cart. The LEA added a personal touch by painting cheerful sayings on the cart itself.

During her time off, Lynanne remains in contact with Rosanne Blackburn, Maplewood’s other LEA, so she is aware that the long-term care home’s activities for residents are currently being offered on a one-to-one basis.

Group activities and outside visitors are on hold as precautions of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Maplewood is also keeping residents in their rooms as a safety measure.

“This was just Lynanne’s way of helping Rosanne and our residents during these unprecedented times and turning the ordinary into extraordinary.”

When asked what this gesture says about the staff member, Rachel says it demonstrates the fact that “Lynanne herself is extraordinary.”

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