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State of the Community

By Christie Patrick, Executive Director

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that the worldwide spread of COVID-19 has turned each of our lives here at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor completely upside down. As a community, we have faced numerous challenges over the past several months and have continued to adapt to our new, ever-changing world, but what we have been able to accomplish in such a short period of time has been truly remarkable.

Staff members have continually thought outside the box to find creative ways to implement changes—whether they be different processes, activities or communication styles—that will have a positive impact on our residents. Their dedication to the role they play within the community and to the residents they serve, has pushed them to go above and beyond. And, as a result, it’s obvious that their work at Presbyterian Manor is more than just a job—it’s a calling.

To help bridge the gap between residents and their families, staff have facilitated new ways to connect both virtually and otherwise. For birthdays and other occasions that would have normally been spent with family, we have found special ways to celebrate on site—whether it’s by arranging a party, baking cupcakes or signing group cards.

And, while the bond between our residents and staff has always been there, the separation from family members and volunteers has made that bond stronger.

As we look toward eventually reopening, we know that there will be numerous challenges and are committed to moving forward as slowly and as safely as possible to ensure the long-term well-being of the entire community. And, when the time does come, we know that it will be a very exciting, fun and emotional experience for everyone involved.

Until then, I would just like to add that the resilience of our residents and the patience and support of their families has meant everything to us. It has definitely been a difficult past several months for all of us, but please know that we’re working hard to make the very best of the situation and believe we will come out of this stronger and better than ever before.

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