Resident’s son commends Streamway Villa team for helping his mother continue the activities she loves

Mike Filip says his mother, Joan, is still gardening, bird watching and spending time with her family

COBOURG, Ont. – Since moving into Streamway Villa eight months ago, Joan Filip has been enjoying the same activities she always has, and she’s especially happy to be continuing her passion for growing flowers, gardening and bird watching as well as spending lots of time with her family.

Joan was able to move all her flowers and plants from home to Streamway, and her son, Mike, built a little garden outside his mother’s window, complete with bird feeders.

“She loves the birds and she loves to garden because that’s what she did when she retired, so we tried to bring that here for her as well because that’s what she had in the past,” Mike tells The OMNIway.

Sitting outside the home on a pleasant Friday afternoon, Joan and Mike spoke with The OMNIway about their experiences at Streamway Villa and how the home’s staff members have ensured Joan’s transition was seamless.

Pointing towards the Streamway Villa courtyard, Mike says the environment provides the scenery Joan finds comforting, adding if his mother lived in another home she might not have her own little flower garden.

“We’re able to do that here, rather than being in a skyscraper or an apartment building where all you have is a window and looking out onto cement; she’s got the window she can look out of and she’s got the trees that are around her window,” Mike says.

Joan, who’s 102, also gets lots of visits from her family members and friends, and Mike says Streamway staff members go out of their way to accommodate visitors.

“She loves the fact that she’s in contact with her family all the time,” Mike says. “She has a phone in her room, so her grandchildren can call her, (and) she’s able to watch the hockey games, so there are all kinds of benefits that a small home provides.”

Joan is highly active at Streamway Villa, participating in programming and she especially enjoys taking trips to the local farmers’ market on Saturday mornings.

She also spends a lot of time with her loved ones, going for lunch or out for walks, Mike notes, adding Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator Laurie Kracht has been helpful at ensuring Joan’s family members can visit.

“Her family members come from all over, and they always work out timing with Laurie to get in here and get all the protocols covered,” he says.

– This is Part 2 of a two-part story.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Streamway Villa resident Joan Filip and her son, Mike, are pictured here enjoying a sunny afternoon together at the Cobourg long-term care home.