Early last year, before most people were even thinking about the pandemic, we started taking precautions to keep our community safe and implemented our pandemic policy. Now, a year later, we are excited to share that both our long term care residents in our Personal Care and Skilled Nursing setting and staff have received the first shot of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19. We welcomed our CVS partner to begin administering the vaccine to our Health Center residents and staff members.
The start of vaccinations means that we can hope to plan for a return to “normal”. We can almost hear the residents enjoying all the renovations made over the past year to the community centers on both campuses. And of course, everyone will be able to enjoy fitness classes and our pools in larger groups again.
This past year required that the entire community learn how to do every day things in a different way. Residents learned additional technical skills and became comfortable with holding committee meetings over Zoom, rather than in person at a home or in the community center. And the community invited experts in, virtually, to continue our passion for lifelong learning and sharing. Now, they will be able to do these same things in person, but the experience leaves an added benefit of having experts from around the Country join by Zoom, expanding the variety of lifelong learning options beyond local talent alone.
With a greater appreciation for our outdoor spaces and resources, we can’t wait to see people walking along the pathways, enjoying Spring flowers, and looking forward to meals on the patio- for fun, not necessity!
More than ever, the pandemic has taught us all about the importance of community. While community is one of our quaker-based values, the caring our residents showed for each other and the staff was remarkable, and kept us all going through the toughest days. We’re all looking forward to being able to spend time, and even give hugs to our friends and family in the very near future.
We are so grateful to our residents and staff for pulling together during this very long year, and showing us all what the power of community really means. By choosing to get vaccinated, we have a reason to hope.