Willows perseveres during outbreak

Home brings Valentine’s Day goodies to residents, staff

With a little TLC and creativity, Willows Estate made Valentine’s Day a sweet occasion for its residents.

While being in outbreak for a few weeks has been challenging, the Aurora long-term care home’s life enrichment department has been striving to give residents the attention and activities they normally enjoy.

As Valentine’s Day approached, Willows Estate decided to mark the occasion with treats for staff and residents alike.
A travelling trolley made its rounds to residents’ rooms on Feb. 14.

“We had to improvise a lot but we managed to do it,” says life enrichment co-ordinator Teddy Mazzuca. “It has been a long haul for us and the residents. The residents, they appreciate every little thing.”

Willows Estate has been providing increased individualized attention and socialization since the outbreak began. Since congregating in large group activities isn’t permitted, team members have been bringing bingo and bowling to each unit for smaller group programming. Everything is sanitized as the travelling carts move from one unit to another, Teddy notes.

“We try to modify and improvise as much as we can.”

Also going with the flow, since the home will be out of outbreak today (Feb. 16), it will be able to host Valentine’s Day dinner for Willows Estate’s two couples. The husbands and wives will have Chinese food take-out at tables for two.

Activities, entertainment and group programming will resume next week.

“It’s been a rough go,” Teddy says, noting the outbreak has been about a month in duration.

The Willows took the opportunity to also thank staff members on Valentine’s Day for their dedication and hard work during trying times by presenting them with cards and gift baskets.

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