Meet a front-line worker in the fight against COVID-19
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Chelsea Boomhour likes being a front-line worker in the fight against COVID-19.

Only 25 years old, Chelsea is a valued member of the Recreation Department at Helen Henderson Care Centre, a popular retirement lodge and long-term care home in Amherstview.

Speaking from the home in early May 2020, the Recreation Aide notes, “The times are definitely different due to COVID-19. Hands down, my role has changed a lot. It is an emotional roller coaster right now because everyone is worried about this highly contagious disease entering our home, despite our best infection control efforts.

“I’m glad to be doing my part to prevent the spread of this disease,” says the friendly woman from an activity room with a comfortable fireplace. “I like helping residents connect with their families. It makes me feel like I’m doing well in the world.”

Speaking on behalf of the home, Donna Joudoin calls Chelsea a valued member of the health care team.


“COVID-19 has created changes in the delivery of our programs and meaningful activities,” explains the Recreation Director. “But this has not stopped our recreation department.

“Our goal is to provide meaningful activities to enhance the quality-of-life for the residents,” says Donna with conviction. “Once again, the team has recreated programs and enhanced technology to communicate effectively with families to adjust to this difficult time of social distancing and self-isolation. Due to these changes, we are bringing programs to the residents for one-to-one room activities such as communications, sensory stimulation and programs à la carte.

“Staff has also come together to have fun in the dining rooms,” says Donna with a smile. “They have been dancing and singing. The residents having been having so much fun which is heartwarming because laughter really is the best medicine. Since she joined us six months ago, Chelsea has been a positive addition to our team. She is creative and spends quality time with the residents. She is very caring and loves to see the residents active.”

Please with the feedback, Chelsea responds, “I love my job. I find the staff have a genuine compassion for the residents and that is something I really value. I like how it feels like a family here. The Gibson’s are very involved in the lives of their staff and residents. I admire that about this home.”

Asked about the favourite part of her job, Chelsea says it is the time she spends with the residents.

“The part I love most about my job is when I get to chat one-to-one with the residents,” she confirms. “I feel super lucky to spend time with people who have lived such rich, full lives. I feel it has changed my life.

“A lot of people think I’m working in long-term care to support and teach the residents,” says Chelsea thoughtfully. “Most of the time, they end-up doing that for me.”

For more information about living or working at Helen Henderson Care Centre, please call 613-384-4585.

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