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Celebrating the arrival of spring amidst COVID concerns

March 24th, 2020

The hallways and cottage areas of Points West Living Stettler are dotted with tulip art and inspirational quotes about spring. These bright posters are a welcome harbinger of hope at a time when concerns and restrictions around COVID-19 may lead some to feel isolated and bleak.

We NEEDED to do a craft

With so much focus the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis around the world, the recreation team at PWL Stettler made a decision. “At the end of the first week of no visitors,” says Recreation Therapist Lisa Smith, “we decided we NEEDED to do a craft that would brighten things up.”

Along with recreation coordinator Elaine Partsch, Lisa planned to bring a tulip and truth craft to the residents. “Since all residents need to remain in their cottage, we did this craft in each of the five cottages to make it available to all residents.”

Upon arrival at each cottage, Elaine and Lisa washed their hands and set up the tables so that residents were spaced 1-2 meters apart from each other. As residents arrived, they also washed their hands and settled in.

The hope of Spring

Each resident was given a colorful paper with a plain tulip-shaped sheet on it. Residents used bingo markers (cleaned before and after with disinfecting wipes) to dab the colour around the edge of the tulip. When the top papers were removed, what remained were the colourful happy-looking tulip outlines. Residents then chose springtime quotes to add to the space below their tulips. Some of the quotes used were:

  • When flowers bloom, so does hope
  • Spring: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be
  • To plan a garden is to believe in tomorrow
  • A life without love is like a year without spring
  • The first real day of Spring is like the first time a boy holds your hand

Photo: Resident Min Nibourg holds her version of the many lovely tulip and truth posters created by residents across PWL Stettler.

More photos at Flickr: Celebrating the arrival of spring amidst COVID concerns

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