Woodland team’s creativity leads to innovative way for residents and families to safely visit

A new safety barrier attached to the home’s patio also allows everyone to enjoy outdoor visits while maintaining important protocols

With warmer, sunnier weather on the horizon, the Woodland Villa team came up with an idea to help residents enjoy outdoor visits with family members while adhering to important physical distancing protocols that are in place to keep everyone safe during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.

Working together, administrator Janna Sabourin, life enrichment co-ordinator Lisa Doran and maintenance manager Tim Partridge designed and built a wood, Plexiglas and plastic wrap barrier at the front of the Long Sault, Ont. long-term care home’s patio for residents to safely sit behind so they can visit with family members on the other side of the barrier.

“We were really lucky with the patio area that we have – it was really easy to set up,” Janna tells The OMNIway. “We already had most of the supplies here.”

The barrier has a wooden frame with sections of Plexiglas for windows, some of which are covered with see-through plastic wrap that Janna and Lisa have decorated with artwork.

Woodland Villa, along with OMNI Health Care’s other 17 long-term care homes, is closed to everyone but essential visitors to protect residents and team members during the pandemic.

This means residents and their families have been missing their regular visits, which are an important part of life in long-term care homes.

While residents and their loved ones cannot have physical contact, Woodland Villa’s new addition to the patio is the next best thing.

With 111 people calling Woodland Villa home, staff members are taking reservations to ensure everyone wanting a visit on the patio can get a chance. Janna says the team is able to arrange 14 visits per day, and all visits are supervised by staff to ensure safety.

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