OMNI keeps residents, families connected during pandemic

Pet therapy volunteers Lesley Campbell and her dog, Gibson, visit residents through the windows of West Lake Terrace.

Streamway Villa uses FaceTime, Maplewood residents write letters

OMNI Health Care homes are prioritizing keeping residents’ spirits up during the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring they still connect with family members.

The homes are closed to most visitors during this time as a safety measure.

At Streamway Villa in Cobourg, life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Christina Doughty says the home is using video technology.

“With the lack of (in-person) interaction with their family members, we’re finding that obviously they’re feeling the effects of that,” says Christina.

“Currently we’re doing FaceTime so they can see their loved ones and (having) window visits.”

Window visits are when a loved one essentially visits their relative through the glass of a window at the home.

A special window visit at West Lake Terrace recently was a hit with residents.

The Prince Edward County long-term care home’s pet therapy volunteers, Lesley Campbell and her dog, Gibson, delighted residents when they stopped by and said hello from outside.

“It was a very emotional experience for some,” says Janie Denard, LEC at West Lake Terrace.

“Residents smiled, laughed and some cried, stating it was happy tears. We are so thankful to Lesley for bringing Gibson to the home.”

Janie says the duo’s visit also lifted the spirits of staff members working at the home.

Meanwhile, Maplewood in Brighton is keeping residents active and engaged during isolation.

Residents recently worked on letters and included photos to send to their loved ones.

Employees also continue to provide residents with activities during isolation.

“We are using a number of free online resources for puzzles — word searches, crosswords et cetera,” Rachel Corkery, administrator and LEC, says.

“A number of great activities are being developed to promote social distancing while still looking for ways to keep our residents engaged and active.”

Rachel has spent time brainstorming and looking online for unique crafts and puzzles for residents.

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