Victoria long-term care facility created an ice-cream drive-thru for residents

With trips out into the community not possible during COVID-19, staff at Aberdeen Hospital found a fun way to safely bring frozen desserts to residents.
By: Alison Larabie Chase
June 10, 2020
Two of the Aberdairy Queens, Jenna Buckham and Amie Aniban, hard at work. Photo: Jenna Buckham.

The Aberdairy Queens are on a mission to ensure residents of Aberdeen Hospital, a long-term care facility in Victoria, get to enjoy a sweet frozen treat. Recreational therapists at this care home usually facilitate regular food therapy events such as special lunches or baked goods for residents to enjoy, but those activities have been curtailed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents also cannot go out into the community as usual, due to fear of infection.

So hospital staff decided to have a little fun and in April, the Aberdairy Queens were born. Once a month, therapists bring in a stock of tasty frozen confections and set up ordering and pick-up “windows” inside the home. Residents can then select their favourite treat from the menu, place their order, and collect it from one of the whimsically uniformed queens, whose protective face coverings are emblazoned with big smiles. Unsurprisingly, it’s been a big hit with residents.

Source: Victoria Times-Colonist