Just like many other places across the province Trinity Tower in Estevan had to follow the safety regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus and change their routine, asking people to social distance and take other measures to stay healthy. While these steps made life a bit boring for many residents, they also brought up their creativity.
“It has been a struggle for the seniors in the building to not be able to have their usual gatherings together and socialize so we have been trying to come up with creative ways to keep spirits up and people busy,” said Trinity Tower manager Pam Schrader in the email to the Mercury.
“I was inspired by the window hearts movement, so I printed everybody a blank heart and explanation and slid them under everyone’s door, not sure what to expect.”
The response from the residents has been amazing. Not only it gave them something to do, but it also allowed to send some positive messages, that now can be seen on the windows of the building.
“It has been very uplifting for the residents, who make a point of coming down and looking at the new ones that are popping up daily,” said Schrader.
The art pieces contain different messages and are differently decorated, and the thoughts behind them vary from person to person, but they all are filled with positivity.
“This pandemic hits home where we live,” said one of the residents Ethelda Anderson. “It causes many forms of fear, ranging from panic to apprehension. But living at Trinity Tower does dispel this great fear. It makes us realize how fortunate we are to have a place like this. Hearts are overflowing with love, kindness, compassion, empathy, sharing and caring. Our window hearts express that message to the world.”
“I think the heart campaign was an inspiration and a way to convey our appreciation to the health workers going the extra mile to stem the spread of the virus. But it has also brought people’s hearts together in a show of brotherhood while we wait out this pandemic,” said another Trinity Tower resident Gloria Lainton.
“The window hearts seem like an appropriate way to say thanks to all the medical people, grocery, and pharmacy folks and our neighbours for all the work they are doing to help us in this difficult time. Thanks to Trinity Tower manager, Pam Schrader, for suggesting this great project,” added Kaye Hemus.
“I choose to decorate my heart in an effort to participate in sending out love and encouragement to those around us,” said Mary Ellen Goud.
While it might be difficult to ignore the current nuisances caused by the quarantine lifestyle, some residents chose to focus on all the great things they usually have and to which they will get back again soon.
“It was a smart move when we moved here. I like the social attitude and security of Trinity Tower. We also have life aids, which residents have used. The door checks are a good idea too. There are a lot of things to do, for example, cards, puzzles, coffee times, and entertainment, always with residents volunteering to help. For people missing their yards, they can help in the floor garden. Management will try to fix problems for us if something is not right,” said Marjorie Fowler.
Dozens of hearts decorated by Trinity Tower residents are displayed in the front windows as well as in the personal room windows of the building and the community members can always drive by to get their positive charge.
And If someone feels like joining the hearts movement, there is a heart for you in this week's edition of Southeast Lifestyles. Colour it, cut it and put it on your window to spread some positive vibes and fill Estevan with love and community spirit.