Streamway Villa residents received a pleasant surprise just before Easter when each received a special hand-made gift from the great-grandchildren of resident Ken Freeman.
As part of safety protocols during the global COVID-19 pandemic, all mail delivered to Streamway Villa and other long-term care homes must be quarantined before being delivered to ensure they are risk-free of contamination.
When staff members were going through mail and packages that were ready for delivery in mid-April, they came across a package from Ken’s great-grandchildren that contained 59 homemade ornaments – one for each of the Cobourg long-term care home’s residents.
Each of the ornaments had a message that read, “We hope this homemade creation brings you lots of joy …” along with a letter to the residents.
Streamway Villa, along with OMNI Health Care’s other 17 long-term care homes, is closed to everyone but essential visitors to protect residents and team members during the ongoing pandemic.
Visitation is an important part of life in long-term care homes, and residents and family members are missing each other.
The gifts from Ken’s great-grandchildren were exactly what residents needed during this challenging time, life enrichment co-ordinator Christina Doughty tells The OMNIway.
“Their whole idea was to spread joy and put smiles on all of our residents’ faces because (families) are unable to visit,” she says.
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