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Life (enrichment) goes on

By Linda Fyler, Life Enrichment Director

If nothing else, these months of COVID restrictions have forced all of us out of our comfort zones. Our daily routines have changed out of necessity, and residents and staff alike have had to take a look at what is possible. We have done many “doorway activities” in the assisted living and health care neighborhoods. These include impromptu sing-alongs, remote control car races, and “flamingo Olympics,” — you name it, we have tried it.

We have coordinated FaceTime calls for many residents and their families, and those continue to go very well. In the warmer months, we arranged in-person outdoor visits with residents and families. We were also able to do indoor visits before the county COVID rate began to rise again. Due to recent cold weather, we are doing window visits in the air-lock entry. Outdoor visits will resume when the weather cooperates.

Right now, the dining rooms are open for one meal a day, which has raised the spirits of residents. We have also started small group activities.

The Manor Book Club will begin soon. We will find out if we can manage virtual book discussions.

We will continue to adapt to the restrictions that are in place to keep us safe, and we look forward to the day when we can play together.

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