Village Green residents enjoy first live entertainment since March

Village Green residents practise social distancing while enjoying a performance from Breaking Chains on June 30.

‘People were smiling for days’ after a June 30 safe outdoor performance from a local band

A live outdoor performance from the musical group Breaking Chains on June 30 was a much-needed change for Village Green residents.

Grace, a Village Green resident, enjoys a helping of strawberry shortcake during the June 30 outdoor concert at the home.

The Greater Napanee long-term care home’s residents enjoy live entertainment and this was the first musical performance they had attended since the global COVID-19 pandemic began in March.

Village Green, along with OMNI Health Care’s other 17 long-term care homes, is closed to everyone but essential visitors to protect residents and team members during the ongoing pandemic.

Indoor group programming has also been on hold since the pandemic began, so experiencing live music was headline news at the home, says life enrichment co-ordinator Ulana Orrick.

Keeping in line with safety protocols, residents watched Breaking Chains’ performance while observing social distancing requirements from inside the chain-link fence in the Village Green courtyard. The band played from the other side of the fence.

To make the event even more enjoyable, Village Green hosted a strawberry social during the concert, with staff members dishing out plates of strawberry shortcake made with fresh berries.

“It ended up being a huge success,” Ulana tells The OMNIway.

“People were smiling for days. There was a buzz in the dining room at mealtimes; the residents were all talking about it, asking each other if they had been at the concert.”

Ulana recalls one touching moment when she asked a normally quiet resident how she was enjoying the show.

“She just said, ‘I’m happy!’ with this huge smile I haven’t seen in months, and I just knew that this was perfect.”

Ulana says Village Green is hoping the home can host another outdoor concert in August.

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