How are you addressing residents’ social and emotional needs?
We continue to provide Life Enrichment programs for our residents but in a different manner in the interest of safety. Group activities and performances where members of the outside public are involved have been canceled until further notice. However, as we do every day, our staff are leading activities that will keep residents engaged and connected.
Although large-scale events have been suspended, our staff are providing programs for small groups (fewer than 5 residents) and individuals to meet their interests and needs. This allows residents to stay on their floors and in their households, socializing with those they ordinarily interact with. Innovation and spontaneity have already taken place; from impromptu birthday celebrations to dance parties in the dining room, we are working together to continue normalcy for our residents.
With visitation being so limited, we have created opportunities for social interaction and engagement. We have a new program for residents in skilled nursing called the Buddy Program. Every resident has been paired with a staff member who will visit frequently and help keep in touch with family through video chat or a simple phone call. It’s a friendly visit for both residents and staff! And of course as always, you can call your loved one any time of day.