Residents celebrate Easter while social distancing
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Residents in the Country Place Senior Living of Brewton received a special Easter treat.
With no visitors allowed, residents are missing loved ones, especially the time normally spent with loved ones on holidays.
This past holy week in an effort to lift spirits, the staff creatively decorated the assisted living facility and allowed loved ones to visit during a special time on Sun.
“We’re calling it an Easter Window Peep,” said Karen Reynolds, administrator of the facility.
The staff decorated all residents’ windows and the surrounding trees for Easter. “We had one family member to decorate a tree outside her family’s window,” said Reynolds.
Families were allowed to visit on Sunday. Greeting residents by each decorated window, all enjoyed a time of simply seeing each other.
“It was one of our sister facility’s idea, and they shared it and we thought it was cute and we wanted to join in,” said Reynolds.
With no visitors since the second week of March, technology has become an important tool and resource.
“The residents have been face-timing,” said Reynolds.
Activities within the facility have become important as well. “We are trying to make it fun. Yesterday they saw the Easter bunny from Comfort Care. We’ve been doing Easter crafts, and we made peep houses the other day. Just trying to keep them busy.
Bingo has been a big hit,” said Reynolds.
Moving forward, Reynolds and staff hope to host a Skype bingo challenge in the coming weeks. “We are going to try to do a Skype bingo with one of our sister facilities. That way they can see other faces in other facilities and know they are not the only ones,” she explained.
Most of all Reynolds is thankful for the support from the community during this time. “We thank the entire community because they have been pouring in with the hand made masks and dropping off goodies as donations. We have really been blessed,” said Reynolds.