Montgomery, ALA - EastChase Senior Living is adapting to life under the restrictions of COVID-19 by modifying group events to one-on-one and individual activities.
The staff at EastChase have set up singular tables around the community with puzzles, cards, and dominos. They’ve even created activity packs for each of the residents, including word finds, crossword puzzles, sudoku, and detective kits to keep resident minds stimulated while group activities have been suspended.
Many of the one-on-one activities have consisted of staff members visiting residents in their apartments and keeping them company for a while. “We try to do some of their favorite activities, whether it’s crafts and coloring or playing cards,” says Andrea Saunders, Activities Director for EastChase Senior Living. “One of our residents really enjoys our exercise classes, so we set up an area where she can exercise while still practicing social distancing.”
COVID-19 has brought new technology to the EastChase Senior Living community. They have created a video chat schedule so that families can visit with their loved ones while the community is closed to visitors.
“It’s a bit of a learning curve for both families and residents alike when new technology becomes available,” says Ginger Fletcher, Executive Director of EastChase Senior Living. “The beauty of the senior living industry is that we employ members of multiple generations. Our Millennial and Gen Z staff members have been instrumental in setting up our video chat program, helping families connect while we continue to prohibit visitors inside our community.”
Despite social distancing having potentially negative effects on the well-being of elders, Fletcher says her staff has gone above and beyond hosting individual activities, facilitating video chats, and providing company to their residents.
“This team has truly created a wonderful world for our residents where normalcy reigns as much as we can allow, but we are still keeping them as safe as possible,” she says.
EastChase Senior Living, located at 1775 Halcyon Blvd, provides assisted living, memory care, and respite care living options for senior residents. For questions, please call 334-396-1111
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Community Senior Life is owned and operated by Community Health Systems located in Orange Beach, AL. CSL is a family of not-for-profit healthcare-related organizations specializing in senior independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities throughout Alabama and Florida. Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for an ever-growing senior population, each organization within the CSL family is committed to meeting the social, spiritual, physical, and financial needs of its residents through innovative services in safe and caring environments. For more information, visit communityseniorlife.org.
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