Season’s greetings and Happy Holidays!
I hope this letter finds you well and COVID free! At the time that I am writing this letter, Dec. 14th, our building has been COVID free for 5 weeks and counting. Our infection control measures are effective and working as shown in the results. The holidays can be difficult at times, especially for our elderly population. The stress that COVID has brought upon us has caused even greater strife. This is why it is even more important today to make the time to come visit your loved ones. Call them, text them or video chat if at all possible. If you are having any difficulty reaching your loved ones, please do not hesitate to reach out to our wonderful social worker Morgan Hawley and she will assist you in communicating with them. We are allowing visitation for all essential caregivers and outside visits for all non-essential caregivers as weather permits. Please remember to call and set up a time to come and spend valuable time together. This year we have been extremely blessed with donations so that we can provide our residents with a wonderful Christmas. Over $2,500 was raised and we will be celebrating with all of our residents on the 22nd. All food and gifts are being allowed from the outside. Please remember to write your loved one’s name in permanent marker on all of their belongings and gifts. We look forward to celebrating with everyone soon!
2020 has been one of the most challenging years yet for the long-term care industry. Thru all the ups and downs, we have come out stronger on the other side and are looking forward to 2021. The building has made some great strides under our new management company Altamonte Care and will continue to grow throughout the year. Our owners have invested heavily in improving the building and we are excited to announce construction is under way on our new beauty salon, resident entertainment area and employee lounge. We are also renovating our Memory Care Neighborhood where we will separate residents by gender. In the Memory Care Neighborhood, both genders will share the common entertainment area during the day and be separated in the evening. I am looking forward to the finished product that will better serve our population.
Above all this time is year we reflect on the blessings that we have been given. We are all so very fortunate to be Americans with a roof over our head, plentiful food and healthcare right at our fingertips. There are many in this world that can’t say that. No matter your background, political affiliation or past, we can all come together to give thanks and strive to be better in the future. At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ and look forward to the day He will come again. Until then, I want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!!
Andy Hill, Administrator