The Four Seasons Lodge Long-Term Care Home is launching a new program to bring Residents a “Taste of Home” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Food can be used to comfort us while we are spending more time at home, whether it be gathering around the table with those in your household, routinely preparing meals each day, or preparing those special recipes that would normally be overlooked for a quick meal when we were rushed for time. Those who are preparing meals at home may want to bring something in for our Residents to enjoy, which is a kind gesture, but could put our Residents and staff at risk. Visiting and care package restrictions remain in place to protect everyone at the Four Seasons Lodge from exposure to COVID-19.
With the safety of our Residents in mind, the team at the Four Seasons Lodge is launching the Taste of Home program to prepare special recipes with our Residents during this time of social distancing and isolation.
The Four Seasons Lodge is asking families and friends of Residents to please share recipes (via email to firstname.lastname@example.org) so that our staff can make them together with the Residents. Recipes can be something you know is a favourite that a Resident might be missing at this time, or a special recipe that a Resident is famous for making. Along with the recipe, please include a message about the memories you have surrounding the recipe that we can share.
The Taste of Home program aims to share Residents’ memories of home, community, and connections to their loved ones in order to help mitigate the effects of isolation that many of us are feeling during this time. Making recipes together with our staff will be a way for Residents to enjoy and share comfort foods, as well as stories and memories, safely during this pandemic. The Taste of Home program also offers an opportunity for families, friends, and support persons to participate in an activity with Residents from afar to show their love and support, without the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
For those who want to participate in the program but are unable to share stories or recipes, donations can be made on behalf of a Resident to the Four Seasons Lodge Recreation Program or the Deep River and Area Food Bank (by mail to 117 Banting Drive, Deep River, ON, K0J 1P0) and a card will be shared with the Resident on your behalf.