Willows Estate management treats staff to lunch

Willows Estate nutritional care manager Gary Rose is pictured here working the grill at the Aurora, Ont. long-term care home.

‘This gesture was immensely appreciated by everyone,’ says LEA

The commitment of being a front-line worker during the global COVID-19 pandemic is not going unnoticed by management at OMNI Health Care’s Aurora long-term care home.

Willows Estate life enrichment aide (LEA) Azaria Kanda says he’s grateful for a recent recognition initiative that involved the administrator treating staff to breakfast one week and lunch the next as a way to express appreciation for the workers’ efforts.

“This gesture was immensely appreciated by everyone,” Azaria says.

“It is one thing to muster courage in spite of the fear of current circumstances but to be acknowledged for it does make it worthwhile. For this, we say thank you.”

Willows Estate employees enjoyed hot dogs and desserts on the house.

Azaria says it’s a challenging time to be working in long-term care.

“Like many, we are all reeling from the setbacks this pandemic is causing to our society and beyond. However, as front-line workers, we do not have the luxury to stop what we do because the world is at a standstill. We have a sworn duty to care for our residents with the utmost respect and compassion as it were pre-COVID-19,” the LEA says.

Anxiety is certain and Azaria says he has experienced his share since the province declared a state of emergency in March.

“Coming in to work for many feels like going head-on into a battlefield without armour. But we show up anyway, head held high, unequivocally refusing to let fear deter our passion and dedication to care for our residents.”

It’s a privilege to be able to work and to care for the home’s residents, the LEA says.

“We understand that our residents’ livelihood sits on our shoulders to be strong and courageous to keep their spirits up. As such, courage, tenacity and dedication are demonstrated every day.”

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