Wow! The first two months of 2021 have flown by! During this time there have been some really exciting changes. First, and foremost, ALL residents AND staff have received the Pfizer Covid 19 vaccine. To date, we have had no positive cases here at Bartlett Woods! This is a huge step in the right direction towards resuming life as we knew it.
Additionally, we have started the “Family & Friends” visits back up again in apartment #108. They are being conducted the same as they were back in the fall of 2020, before cases started to rise and we had to put a hold on them. If you would like to schedule a visit with a resident, please call 594-2745. Our front desk staff will be handling the scheduling. It is great to hear the loud laughter coming from these important reunions…the smiles on our residents’ faces say it all!
We have also re-opened our hair salon; I think this is the biggest hit with our community. It seems like such a little thing, but for our residents this is huge! Everyone is so happy to feel like themselves again. I might add they are all looking pretty spiffy these days.
What’s more, our mealtime experience is slowly normalizing. We continue, of course, to observe best safety practices before, during, and after meals. Residents are reconnecting again through lively conversation over a healthy meal shared while socially-distant. It is really doing wonders for the mind, body and soul. So, we are very happy that everyone is back in the dining room for both breakfast and lunch all together.
Lastly (and it’s a biggie), Bingo is back for small groups each week. Of course, we are observing the CDC guidance while we restore one of our most popular activities.
Another favorite activity in our community is the scenic ride on our new bus. This new addition to Bartlett Woods is being put to great use. Weekly (weather permitting) small groups, seated socially distant and masked are thoroughly enjoying the comfortable rides all over the Midcoast.
Today’s streaming technology allows us to present symphony concerts, world class ballet and other special virtual events.
We have also resumed some exercise classes, Resident Council, House Meeting, discussion groups, art class, Origami class and movies. We hope to continue to add more activities in the coming weeks and months.
We continue to wish for good health for everyone.
Karen Tooley/Activities Director