The “LTC Strong” bi-weekly blog series highlights the amazing work of LTC homes during COVID-19. You are heroes and we want to help spread your shining moments in dark times.
This National Nurses Week looks a little different than it has before, it’s important now more than ever to thank those health care heroes who are making a difference in long-term care.
Lianne Lavergne, a registered practical nurse who has worked at Maonu Kaihla Koti Finnish long-term care homes for 18 years, wrote a poem titled “We are long-term care” to show her perspective on her role and the role of her team members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lavergne said she wrote the poem to honour her colleagues, “Our goal is to keep this virus out, and we are doing everything in our power to do that, and that’s a lot of weight on a lot of shoulders”.
The Perley Rideau Nursing Week Committee highlighted the amazing work being done by nurses and other team members through an inspiring music video. The song (based on the song ‘I’ll be there’ by Walk off the Earth) was written by Amanda Hansen, administrative assistant and Daniela Acosta, registered nurse at Perley Rideau Seniors Village. The video, ‘We’ll be there in LTC,’ features many team members dancing, singing along and showing how they are there to protect and support residents.
At one of our host centres, Veronique Boscart, Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Seniors Care at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and a registered nurse, has created a video message of thanks and support to all her fellow nurses working in long-term care and beyond. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Boscart has been working on the front lines at The Village of Winston Park long-term care home, where she felt she was needed most. In her message to her fellow nurses, Boscart said “Take pride in what you do as nurses, what you know as nurses, and in our profession, because we do make an undeniable difference”.
— Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (@SchlegelUW_RIA) May 14, 2020