Village Green’s LEC reflects on starting a new job during a time of great change

Ulana Orrick (middle) began her position as Village Green’s life enrichment co-ordinator in late March, shortly after the global COVID-19 pandemic was declared.

‘I am absolutely loving it here, this is such a great little home,’ says Ulana Orrick

Ulana Orrick says she’s loving her job as Village Green’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC), a position she started shortly after the global COVID-19 pandemic was declared.

While the job of an LEC is normally focused on developing, overseeing and assisting with activities for residents, group programming in Ontario long-term care homes was suspended when the pandemic was declared in March.

Instead of being involved with programming when she started her job March 30, Ulana says she and her team were helping residents connect with their loved ones through video conferencing, phone calls and e-mails, since indoor visitation was cancelled.

Being able to connect residents with their loved ones during a challenging time was especially meaningful to Ulana, she says.

“(This job) is especially rewarding right now, to be able to foster those connections between residents and families, to make the window visits happen and now the garden visits,” she tells The OMNIway.

Ulana has a solid background working in long-term care.

She graduated from the recreation program at Fleming College at the top of her class and did a four-month placement at a long-term care home in Peterborough as well.

Before joining the Village Green team, Ulana worked at a long-term care home in Picton for four years as both a life enrichment aide and an interim manager for the activities department.

Ulana credits her supervisor in the activities department during this time for encouraging her to stay on the path she was on in life enrichment and to eventually pursue a career as a manager, she says.

“She said, ‘you found your inner leader, you should definitely pursue something,’ so I started looking around for another rural home – I really wanted that rural experience – and Village Green just happened to be looking (for an LEC) at the same time I was, so that’s what brought me here,” she says.

“I am absolutely loving it here, this is such a great little home.”

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