Residents of long term care – among the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic – and their visiting family and friends, at KinVillage in Ladner, will now be able to enjoy a safe, indoor visiting area with the support of $10,000 from the Delta Foundation.
A safe and pleasurable visiting opportunity for each KinVillage long term resident during the pandemic is aimed at the overall mental well-being of each frail person in overcoming the sense of isolation and loneliness through social connections with their significant others.
The new system being installed will allow residents and their family and friends to connect safely in person through a variety of ways including virtual visits, "glass-door visits" and "in-person/social visits" will support the emotional well-being of our vulnerable older adults and at the same time help meet some of the needs of their family/friends.
The funding for the grant comes from the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), to support charities for vulnerable populations, hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. The emergency community funding is administered across the country by Community Foundations of Canada on behalf of the Government of Canada, along with two other networks, United Way and Red Cross. This Round 2 of funding follows Round 1 of the ECSF campaign completed in July.
This new funding will help cover the added costs of purchasing and installing furniture and equipment for a "glass-door" visiting area and an "in-person/social" visiting area. The Glass-Door Visiting Area, a popular covered, outdoor space for visiting families and friends will now include an outdoor heater and lighting for visiting through the fall and winter months. A new microphone and speaker system will further support conversations as well as minor furnishings to enhance the environment.
For the In-Person/Social Visiting Area is former office space to be renovated with support of this funding to install a door to the exterior and windows to improve air flow and ability to monitor visits. New furniture, which could be easily disinfected between visits, could also be added to create a safe yet comfortable and pleasant visiting areas.
One additional iPad will help to expand visiting through Virtual Connections.