By making some adjustments that follow safety protocols, staff members continue to deliver favourite activities
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Frost Manor life enrichment team has been revamping some of the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home’s residents’ favourite activities to meet safety protocols and keep the good times rolling.
Large-group programming is currently on hold and social distancing is in effect to keep everyone safe, but by making adjustments to favourite activities staff members can still deliver programming residents enjoy while adhering to important protocols.
Life enrichment co-ordinator Lyndsay Burton says some board games have been laminated to ensure they can be easily sanitized. For example, Speed Monopoly, a popular board game with residents, has been safely brought back, as have Family Feud, Blurt and crokinole, Lyndsay says.
“We are trying to think creatively with the programs we offer, so we’re trying to make sure we can adapt everything to social distancing and we’re keeping everything sanitized and cleaned,” she tells The OMNIway.
The Frost Manor life enrichment team has also started a chair-dance program. As part of the program, residents are learning different routines to a variety of songs.
Chair-dancing allows residents to replicate dance movements, which is an effective way to exercise, while in a sitting position.
Lyndsay and life enrichment aide Amy Whitehead have also recently learned how to lead a cardio drumming program which the life enrichment department plans to launch within the coming weeks.
Cardio drumming is an activity where residents will use drumsticks or wooden spoons to strike yoga balls to musical beats for upper-body exercise. The activity features a warm-up session, an energized session and another session to cool down.
“We are hopefully going to have that in effect by June which is really exciting,” Lyndsay says.
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