These Days at Grove 6

Today is Sunday May 3 and we are grateful to say that we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our resident or staff population. Grateful is actually the theme of this entire blog today.

Amid the fear, the unknown, the daily changes of practice and policy, the anxiety, the temperature taking and hallway meals, there is good hiding everywhere. This is what we must remember and for which we give thanks.

NUMBER ONE: we are so very thankful for our staff. These are the true superheroes who could have run, could have stayed away, could have crumbled. Instead, inside this vault is a family of individuals who have become closer, stronger, kinder, more compassionate and patient. We care more for each other and don’t ever question those above noted policy and practice changes. We are all here for the greater good; for those treasures inside this vault. Not sure who the Rock Fairy is, but these little joys found on unattended desks are a lovely reminder that we all care.

Then there is the thanks to the “makers” the masks, the headbands, the 3D shields and plastic mask holders. Even the makers who make new stuff: Dillon’s and Redline are making hand sanitizer and to them we say “cheers”

To our families: WOW.  Thank you for keeping the Keurig station filled with coffee pods. For special treats tucked into mask bags. For pizza and chocolate covered fruit. Food feeds the soul and brings such joy to our days. For cash donations via our Canada Helps COVID-19 fund, this will help with so much in the days, weeks, months to come. To all of you, please know that we are taking care of your loved ones in the most unique ways; smaller group activities, finally getting outside, lots of Skype calls and letter reading, and distanced dining that has created some great social interactions in the hallways.

Thank you to the community for crazy thoughtful things like a trailer loan (for just in case someone can’t go home), for the beautiful meals from Gratitude Delivered, for loaning us food racks, and buying us TV trays for distanced dining. The Lion’s Club brings McCafe coffee and treats for each and every staff member in the building. Even KOOL FM delivered some fun with radios for staff. We are humbled by each and every gift.


We also want to thank the fun-makers. If you have not seen it, please do click here to see our version of We Are 1 World. Barrie Colts’ Jim Payetta reached out to ask us to take some pics, then he turned them into this beautiful video for us. Smiles everywhere – you just can’t always tell behind the mask, but they are there.

In closing, thanks for reading this. There are more grateful moments to bring forward, but as noted, there are days, weeks, months ahead for us to share our gratitude. Thanks for LIKING and SHARING our social efforts. Thanks for your kind and encouraging words.

Remember: stay home for us so we can take care of them. 

Always #closethevault

The Team at Grove


Comments (3)

Jane Lennox

May 04, 2020 at 12:24 AM

I am so proud of the men and women who work here. I worked with some of you and know how much you love and care for the residents and their families and the staff. Great job at being Covid free. Thank you for everything you do. ❤️


Jeannie Martin

May 04, 2020 at 1:49 AM

Angels of Grove Park,
I wanted to share a few of my feelings during this pandemic.
As a daughter of a mom living at Grove Park I only want what is best for her. There have been a few concerns in the past, and they have been dealt with. It becomes very real when you here from a Dr. what our wishes be for mom if she would to get this virus. Communication was excellent, not what I wanted to hear but necessary.
I took a moment to take it all in. I panicked,
I cried I didn’t want my last visit to be through a window.
What I can tell you is everyday I prey. I prey for my Mom, I prey for everyone’s loved ones, I prey for the workers at every level, I even sneak one in for Paul lol. Joking aside this is real and it is scary and I know every morning when I wake up afraid I get to stay home but The Angels of Grove Park have to face this fear not only for us but for there own families and go to work.
Thank you for doing what you do.
Stay safe, and know I am very appreciative.


Paddy Ormiston

May 07, 2020 at 6:10 PM

Hello Everyone…all the strong beautiful caring folks at Grove Park….

I think of you all often and so glad to here everyone is safe and being looked after. You are all wonderful and devoted caregivers and go above and beyond every day. You all should be so proud of who you are…what you do and where you work. These are rare times and for everyone to appreciate mindfulness on a whole new level is a gift.
I sent only good thoughts and gratitude for being a part of such a wonderful Home for a short period of time. May I wish you all love and heartfelt thanks for taking care of our most precious citizens.

Sincerely….Paddy Ormiston


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