New feature at Woodland Villa providing a swinging time for residents

From left to right, Woodland Villa family council treasurer Donna McBean, home administrator Janna Sabourin and residents’ council president Carol Hamilton pause for a photo inside a wheelchair-accessible swing the home recently purchased.

Wheelchair-accessible swing is helping enhance quality of life for residents with mobility issues

Woodland Villa now has a wheelchair-accessible swing that’s allowing residents with mobility issues to enjoy a new kind of relaxing outdoor experience with their loved ones.

Bringing the swing to the Long Sault, Ont. long-term care home was the result of a joint effort from Woodland Villa’s resident and family councils.

The swing is housed in a wooden structure and is located at the roadside leading up to the home. The wooden structure is complete with a roof and ramp.

Woodland Villa administrator Janna Sabourin says the swing is simple to use and residents remain in their wheelchairs while in the swing.

“The wheelchair just sits right there in the base; the families can wheel their loved ones up the ramp – there’s no seat, so they don’t have to come out of their wheelchair,” she says.

“We have had lots of residents who have mobility issues who are able to enjoy family visits with grandkids right there in the swing, which has been really nice.”

Donna McBean, Woodland Villa’s family council treasurer, largely spearheaded the mission to find the swing and organized its delivery from Quebec in July.

Janna says the swing is getting used almost every day.

“We see it used quite often, especially on the weekends and in the evenings, and there has been numerous residents and their families using it since we purchased it,” she says.

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