Heron Terrace has helped reunite four couples since September

Helping reunite spouses in LTC is one way Heron Terrace works to enhance the quality of life for residents
2/12/2020  - Deron Hamel

Heron Terrace has helped reunite four couples who are now living together at the Windsor long-term care community, and team members and the couples theyve brought together could not be happier with the outcome, says Heron Terrace clinical practice lead Sam Jaroszewicz.

This success has been the result of the team working with the Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) in recent months to reunite residents with their spouses, Sam says.

“We have been working very diligently with the CCAC, and they have been so helpful with the reunification process and getting residents and their loved ones back together,” she tells S&R Today.

“It has been so fabulous. We had our first couple reunited back in September and we have had three couples reunited since.”

Moving into a long-term care community can be a challenging experience; however, having a spouse living with you can help make the transition easier, Sam says.

“Having a loved one living with you totally changes your outlook on life because they are your support person and they’re always that person you can rely on and go to for anything, so it’s so nice to have your loved one reunited in long-term care,” she says.

Sam says she interviewed each of the four couples recently and asked them to describe what it was like being able to live together at Heron Terrace.

“Each of them said words like, ‘happiness' and ‘love,’ and you could just see it in their faces that they were so happy to be here with each other,” she says.

“Even if they don’t live on the same floor, they still make time to have breakfast together or lunch together and connect.”

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, team members have been working on ideas to help the couples celebrate their love, Sam notes.

“We definitely like to involve residents in as many activities as possible, and Valentine’s Day is coming up so we’re shooting around some ideas of what we could do for them to make a special day for them,” she says.

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