With safety protocols in effect during pandemic, staff members are thinking outside the box
The ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has meant strict protocols are in place to keep long-term care residents and staff members safe, but OMNI Health Care homes, such as Pleasant Meadow Manor, are still finding ways to keep spirits and morale high while adhering to important safety standards.
Kim Williams, the Norwood long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC), says since the protocols went into effect in early March, team members have tapped into their creative side to help them think outside the box.
The community has also been involved.
On Easter Sunday, the local Norwood parents’ club organized a parade that stopped by the home’s parking lot to show support for residents and staff members.
Former Pleasant Meadow Manor LEC Chris Garden even showed up to hop around dressed as the Easter Bunny to spread some cheer.
April 16 was National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day, so residents and staff were encouraged to wear their favourite PJs all day.
On April 1, April Fools’ Day, team members decided to have a “crazy hair day” for staff, complete with a contest that saw residents vote for their favourite hair design.
The contest’s top honours went to environmental services manager Shari Bertrand for her vibrant pink foil locks. She took home a blue hydrangea as a prize.
On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, residents and staff wore green, and the team served green ice-cream soda floats and a lucky leprechaun cake.
With group programming suspended at the moment, creative ideas like these have helped keep spirits high, Kim says.
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