Resident photo project ‘really brightened everyone’s mood’ at Streamway

A project at Streamway Villa that began with team members decorating the Cobourg long-term care home for the holiday season and culminated with staff taking special Christmas photos of residents proved to be just what everyone needed to cap off an otherwise trying year.

Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator Laurie Kracht says team members used donations from family members to start decorating the inside and outside of the home several weeks ago.

When the decorating was finished, they took residents’ photos in front of a Christmas tree and sent the pictures and a card to family members for a surprise.

Given that 2020 has been a challenging year due to restrictions in place to keep everyone safe during the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Christmas photos and the holiday decorating lifted everyone’s spirit, Laurie says, adding residents were happy with the results.

“It really brightened everyone’s mood; it was something that we needed,” she tells The OMNIway.

Several photos were taken of every resident or resident couple over a three-day period, and families received two photos each.

“We didn’t tell the family members, so when they got their cards they (were surprised),” Laurie says.

When Streamway Villa team members read a Dec. 9 OMNIway article about the Country Terrace team taking residents’ photos and sending them to their families, Laurie says she was inspired to share Streamway Villa’s Christmas story.

Decorating the home and taking residents’ Christmas photos was a great way to finish off the year, Laurie says.

“Everyone was on board; this really lifted everyone’s spirits.”

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