A mid-February outbreak interrupts Valentine’s Day, but couples still get to celebrate day of love
Although Country Terrace had an outbreak in mid-February and was unable to provide the Komoka, Ont., long-term care home’s residents with a Valentine’s Day luncheon, team members wanted to make sure couples still had an opportunity to celebrate the day.
After the outbreak ended, team members collaborated to organize a Valentine’s couples’ luncheon on Feb. 27.
There are 17 Country Terrace resident couples, including three couples living at the home, so there was a lot of interest in having a special luncheon, says life enrichment co-ordinator Christie Patterson.
“We, as a home, wanted to something special for them,” Christie tells The OMNIway.
The event had a strong turnout. Thirteen of the couples attended the luncheon, which was organized by the life enrichment and nutritional care teams.
Couples were served a menu that included a choice of beef pot pie or vegetarian quiche for an entrée and a choice of an apple rose or cheesecake for dessert.
Couples also each received a chocolate rose to take away, which some residents enjoyed as an appetizer, Christie jokes. “Either way, they enjoyed the treat.”
The residents and spouses were “thrilled” that team members rescheduled the event, Christie says.
In a message to Christie and the other Country Terrace team members, Carol L., the wife of one resident, wrote: “Christie and the entire team, thank you all once again for a lovely luncheon.”
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