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COVID recovery parades a new tradition in this Winnipeg care home

The staff at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre organize a parade each time one of their residents recovers from COVID-19 and returns home. The parades have become something of a tradition that allow staff and family members to celebrate, boosting morale.
By: Heather Marie Connors
December 09, 2020
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15 residents have so far recovered from COVID-19 at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre in Winnipeg. Each time one returns from hospital they are welcomed with a celebratory parade, a ritual that has become meaningful for the families of the residents, as well as the staff at the facility.

"It actually has just been such a wonderful event that staff look forward to. They're so proud of the residents for the recovery. Families are excited. The residents are excited," CEO Laurie Cerqueti said to CBC.

The parades give staff the opportunity to participate in something hopeful, and brings a much-needed sense of joy.

"It's been a really hard year," Cerqueti said. "We wanted to be the bright light during a very dark time and I think the parade is a great way of doing that."

Source: CBC Manitoba

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