Streamway Villa marks 1,000th COVID-19 test with celebration

Streamway Villa officially conducted 1,000 COVID-19 tests at the Cobourg, Ont. long-term care home on Feb. 16.

Nurse Jessica Bell has been performing nasal pharyngeal PCR COVID-19 swabs since testing began last spring after the World Health Organization declared the pandemic.

“A couple of other nurses have done (the tests) when Jessica was off, but if you speak to any of the staff, it’s Jessica who has been our star swabber,” Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator Laurie Kracht tells The OMNIway.

Performing these tests on residents and team members is crucial to detecting COVID-19 infection and preventing the spread of the virus.

Due to Jessica’s hard work, Streamway Villa administrator Kylie Szczebonski decided to mark the 1,000 swab with a celebration.

There was cake for everyone to enjoy, confetti was thrown and there was a large “1,000” made up of balloons attached to the ceiling in the home to mark the occasion.

Laurie says Jessica makes the swabbing process easy for everyone.

Jessica and nurse manager Jennifer Suave have set up a TV showing a clip of a fireplace burning, and there is calming music in the background as well, Laurie says.

“She’s gentle and makes the experience special for us,” Laurie says. “Jessica even gives us treats after every swab.”

Laurie adds that Jessica will be starting new rapid COVID-19 tests at Streamway Villa next week.

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Willows Estate card group thrilled to playing kings in the corner again

After seven months, the group ‘wasted no time’ in starting up again, says LEA

Recently, for the first time since the global COVID-19 pandemic began, a group of dedicated resident card players at Willows Estate were given the green light to resume playing their favourite game, kings in the corner.

“The group hasn’t been able to play together in so long, given the circumstances surrounding the pandemic,” Willows Estate life enrichment aide (LEA) Azaria Kanda tells The OMNIway.

“When our director of care, Allan (Nixon), gave the thumbs-up to gather small groups back to enjoy card night, they wasted no time signing up to join in for a fun playtime.”

Azaria says playing cards has many benefits for residents of the Aurora, Ont. long-term care home.

“Beyond being a fun pastime, it is also a time for this group particularly to catch up on various happenings in their lives, family, friends, and of course, a little dose of gossip,” Azaria says with a chuckle.

The group recently welcomed a new member into the fold, resident Anthony Smallman. While Anthony had not played kings in the corner before, the residents who are more seasoned in its rules have been taking time to teach him, and his progress is coming along, Azaria says.

“The group, which is predominantly ladies, has been instrumental in not only teaching Anthony the game but also patiently allowing him to learn it, Azaria says.

“He now plays it like a pro and looks forward to playing with the bunch.”

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