To everything (turn, turn, turn), There is a season (turn, turn, turn), And a time to every purpose – The Byrds.
The last 120 days has been the most challenging season of my career. As an organization – it has been challenging; as a leader – it has been challenging; as a caregiver – it has been challenging; as a human – it has been challenging. Collectively, the world has stopped, learned new rules, new routines, new ways. At Wickshire, we have implemented new policies, new procedures, new protocols, and new guidelines. And while each one of these things individually has been challenging, they have also been incredibly encouraging and rewarding. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is how proud I am of the Senior Living industry as we collectively rise to the challenge of keeping residents and fellow associates safe. Our associates meet each new challenge with a “Yes, we can!” Our residents, who are incredibly resilient, have taken each change with ease. Our families have been extremely understanding with the implementation of each new protocol.
State regulations have required our older adults to shelter-in-place and prohibited non-essential visitors in senior living communities. While this has been difficult for our residents and families alike, our associates are “standing in the gap,” when loved ones are unable to be there. Every one of us gets through tough times because someone is there, standing in the gap to close it for us. At Wickshire, we are blessed by associates who treat each resident as a member of their own family. Each day they rise. Our associates have developed innovative ways for our families to stay connected, creative ways to continue to engage our residents, crafted delicious and nutritious meals, sat down for a daily chat, provided a gentle touch, or a quick hello.
What has been most reassuring to me during this time is that our residents have not and will not be alone. They have been surrounded by love, have continued to develop friendships, and while our resident programs and activities may look a little different, the programming continues to be robust. Each day, there is an intentional focus on Wickshire’s dimensions of wellness. I think about older adults who are living at home by themselves, those whose family is not near. I worry, are they eating nutritious meals; are they taking their medication as prescribed; are they having their social needs met? If you are worried about the health and wellness of an older adult, there is a better way. At Wickshire, we are ready and willing to help. Our teams are taking many precautions to ensure our communities are safe. Let us know how we can be there for you or someone you know.