With social distancing in effect, recent small-group barbecues have helped residents enjoy a favourite summertime activity while keeping safe during the pandemic
Summer is here and that can only mean one thing: it’s barbecue season at Willows Estate.
Recently, the Aurora, Ont. long-term care home hosted back-to-back barbecues in the garden for residents.
The barbecues were on back-to-back days because large-group activities are still suspended in long-term care homes due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing protocols remain in effect.
Team members grilled hot dogs for residents and provided toppings, including mustard, relish, ketchup, mayonnaise, onion and tomato.
Residents were treated to cool beverages, such as orange juice, lemonade, fruit punch and water.
To complement the food, warm weather and atmosphere, life enrichment aide Azaria Kanda played jazz music in the background which residents enjoyed.
“(Residents) were, as usual, grateful to be back to somewhat normalcy for the time being and just enjoying the moment with friends from different floors they might have not seen in months,” Azaria tells The OMNIway.
“All in all, it was a wonderful time.”
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