West Lake Terrace is commending local community members for continued support during the pandemic

West Lake Terrace is commending local volunteers and church groups for helping keep residents’ morale high and continuing to provide their support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Janie Denard, the life enrichment co-ordinator at the Prince Edward County long-term care home, says even though they haven’t been able to be inside West Lake Terrace with residents, these individuals and groups have been a “huge support” in helping keep residents happy since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Jane Foster, who ran a Bible study group at West Lake Terrace on Mondays, has also stayed in touch with some of the residents throughout the pandemic, Janie notes. Jane purchased a DVD set of the Bible so residents could facilitate a scripture study group on their own at the home.

Janie also says Rev. Fran Langlois and the parishioners of St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church in Picton have been supportive throughout the pandemic by keeping in contact with the home and making sure online church services are available for residents who wish to have access.

The Bethany Christian Reformed Church has been another huge supporter during the pandemic, Janie says.

On Canada Day, church members dropped off individual hand creams for residents that were accompanied by cards. At Easter, they delivered care packages for all the residents.

Ruth Dwight, who was hosting a drumming circle program at West Lake Terrace and nearby Kentwood Park before the pandemic began, has also maintained a connection to the home, Janie says.

As part of the program Ruth leads at long-term care homes across Prince Edward County, residents experiment with a variety of percussion instruments, from hand-held drums to bongos.

Since she cannot be inside the home, Ruth has made DVDs of her drum instruction classes for residents to follow.

“We have been really, really fortunate to have those community connections,” Janie tells The OMNIway.

“They have been doing the best that they can to keep us in the loop.”

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