Since restrictions have eased, many residents have enjoyed time outside the home with their families
Being able to do something as simple as spending an hour in a local park with family members has made a world of difference to Frost Manor residents, says life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Lyndsay Burton.
Lyndsay says many Frost Manor residents have taken advantage of short-stay visits with their families since the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care eased restrictions in August.
“So far, short-stay visits are going very well,” Lyndsay tells The OMNIway. “They have been so great for the residents (and) for their mental health.”
A press release issued by the ministry on Aug. 28 states that residents may now leave their long-term care home “for day trips or overnight absences.”
Overnight absences are permitted at the discretion of each long-term care home and are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, the ministry’s statement says.
During these short-stay visits, residents and family members wear face masks and practise social distancing.
When the global COVID-19 pandemic began in March, the Frost Manor team organized video calls between residents and their family members. As restrictions on visits eased in phases over summer, residents met outdoors with their loved ones and eventually inside the Lindsay long-term care home once in-house visits resumed.
Being able to leave the home with their loved ones for short periods of time has meant a lot to residents, Lyndsay says.
“They’ve been able to go and look at the fall colours, they’ve been able to go for a drive-thru meal,” she says. “A lot of the residents and their families have been using our beautiful park spaces to go and sit and visit with each other.”
Some families have been creative in coming up with ways to safely meet with residents, Lyndsay notes.
“They’ve been doing a lot of tailgate parties in the parking lot, so families will come with camp chairs and coffee and we’ll bundle the residents up and assist them out to the parking lot,” Lyndsay says.
“They’ve been inventive in the ways they get to visit with each other,” she says.
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