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Interlake-Eastern RHA Personal Care Home Residents to Enjoy Outdoor Entertainment
July 2, 2020

Recreation coordinators at Interlake-Eastern RHA’s personal care homes are lining up performers for outdoor entertainment when weather permits this year.

Precautionary measures in place to reduce spread of COVID-19 have prevented anyone other than staff from entering personal care homes. While staff have ensured there is entertainment in facilities for residents such as virtual concerts and recordings, everyone is looking forward to the resumption of live performances said Lori Martin, the region’s manager of recreation services.

“We’re really excited! Music moves everyone and touches everyone. Many of our residents would have had live entertainment as part of their lives and many of them have played in bands. We are thrilled to be able to offer outside entertainment,” Martin said.

Martin advises that entertainment will need to be located 25 feet away from residents and that courtyards and parking areas at personal care homes will suitably fill the bill as outdoor venues.

In consideration of neighbours, concerts will take place early to mid-afternoon. While it may be tempting for area residents to join in, Martin said the events will be for residents only.

“We recognize some of our outdoor events may attract the attention of the neighborhood. We would greatly appreciate if area residents respect our need to protect our residents. Neighbours are more than welcome to enjoy the entertainment but we need people to do this from within their own yards,” Martin said.

If all goes well, the outdoor concerts may open the doors to other entertainment and outdoor activities. However, Martin said that when she and her staff introduce new activities they always start slow and evaluate to ensure residents’ safety is not compromised.

If you are interested in sharing your musical talent with personal care home residents in your area, please contact the facility’s recreation coordinator.

This news comes as personal care home staff are preparing to open facilities to limited indoor visiting with pre-designated visitors as announced earlier this month by Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living. While outdoor visits are preferred for minimizing transmission of COVID-19, designated areas for indoor visiting are being prepared for residents who are struggling with outdoor visits due to their health status. Family members or key contacts will be receiving letters detailing the visiting process, noting that they will be required to bring and use a cloth mask while visiting indoors. Visits will begin between July 6 and 15 at Interlake-Eastern RHA personal care homes.

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