‘It was huge, the residents were all singing along’
Live indoor entertainment returned to Streamway Villa in early November, and residents at the Cobourg, Ont. long-term care home are happy to be singing along to their favourite songs again.
After the COVID-19 pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization in March 2020, Ontario long-term care homes had to put indoor entertainment on hold.
The home has offered outdoor entertainment, but being outside didn’t have quite the same impact on people, says life enrichment co-ordinator Laurie Kracht.
“It was fun outside, but the residents and entertainers were separated by a fence, so it wasn’t very interactive,” she tells The OMNIway. “When it’s in the building, it’s more interactive.”
The first entertainer to perform inside the home since the pandemic began was Darren Bailey on Nov. 3. Don Owen, who is also a well-known restaurateur in Cobourg, has performed for residents as well.
In fact, when Don performed at Streamway he didn’t even need a microphone since the residents singing along helped carry the songs,
“It was huge, the residents were all singing along,” she says. “He just sang and his voice filled up the whole dining room, and the residents were all singing and they were smiling for the rest of the day.”
While in-house entertainment is being permitted in some long-term care homes, performers must meet safety requirements, including having proof of vaccination. Performers must also sign a waiver and attend an infection prevention educational session with staff members.
Laurie notes that three more entertainers are booked in December.
In addition to having entertainment, Streamway Villa is also starting pet therapy programs once again, so stay tuned to The OMNIway for upcoming stories.
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