Willows Estate activities different ‘but the spirit remains’

LEA says more one-to-one time at Aurora long-term care home

As the life enrichment aide (LEA) settles residents in for a movie and popcorn, he spends one-on-one time with another person on the floor where he works at Willows Estate.

With large group programming and some activities restricted because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, residents are receiving more individual time with staff at the Aurora long-term care home.

LEA Azaria Kanda says residents he supports are enjoying the extra one-to-one attention.

“We’ve obviously been trying to re-format our activities,” says Azaria about the life enrichment department at Willows Estate.

Residents remain on their own floor. For instance, “we’ll have Bingo on the first floor. On the second floor, we have movie and popcorn nights. Because of what’s happening we’ve just re-formatted and everything is just done on each floor.”

Residents still enjoy socials and birthday celebrations but on a smaller scale.

“We’ve been bringing the activities to them. So, it’s slightly different, but the spirit remains. This had made time for more access to one-on-one (interactions).”

Willows Estate, like other OMNI Health Care long-term care homes, is closed to outside entertainers and most visitors as a precaution to keep residents and staff safe.

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