YouTube has been a valuable resource at Village Green during the pandemic

When safe, outdoor concerts could not be held, residents turned to YouTube for entertainment

Throughout much of last summer and autumn, Village Green hosted several outdoor concerts that met COVID-19 safety regulations and provided residents of the Greater Napanee long-term care home with much-loved musical entertainment.

Residents looked forward to sitting in the Village Green garden and watching performances from their favourite local entertainers who played from a stage set up in the home’s parking lot.

However, when the weather turned colder and hosting outdoor shows was no longer an option, the Village Green life enrichment department turned to the Internet to help meet residents’ musical needs.

In particular, the online video platform YouTube became the go-to tool to provide residents with meaningful programming, says Village Green life enrichment co-ordinator Ulana Orrick.

Some local churches and a local public school have uploaded musical performances to YouTube which the residents have enjoyed watching, Ulana says.

“Normally, the public school would come in to perform for residents, but this year they made YouTube videos instead and sent Village Green the links,” she tells The OMNIway.

“The residents can still see the kids who would come in, so watching the videos has been a lot of fun for them.”

Residents have also found YouTube channels they enjoy watching. Sing Along with Susie Q, a YouTube channel hosted by Susan McAllister-Bee, a St. Thomas, Ont.-based musician and music teacher, is a particular favourite of residents, Ulana says.

Village Green, being in a rural area, can at times experience bandwidth shortages. But even when the videos pause to buffer, residents are so into the music they barely notice, Ulana says.

“The residents will keep going; they will keep singing, even when the video freezes,” she says.

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