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Update from Administrator – April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021

Dear Families,

We hope this email finds you healthy and as optimistic as we are about the continuing decline in COVID cases in our surrounding community. Considering these encouraging numbers, we will begin to take a slightly different approach with these weekly email updates to you, focusing more on recreation activities taking place in our center, special events, and significant changes taking place.

Vaccination Update

  • Although not mandatory, we continue to encourage any employee who has not been vaccinated to obtain one. Currently, they may obtain one at a community clinic. We are also working with our state to do “catch-up” clinics to assist our team and new residents in obtaining the vaccine right here in our center.
  • Regional hospitals are working on plans to offer the first dose of a COVID vaccine to their patients being discharged to nursing homes.

Visitation

  • No significant changes to our center or our visitation plans, which are based on our state’s guidance from the CDC and CMS recommendations.
  • We continue to offer visitations using our technology (iPads, tablets, calls, etc.), window visits, indoor visits, and outside visits. If you do not have an appointment scheduled, please contact the recreation department to schedule an appointment for an outdoor visit, indoor visit, window visit or virtual visit at 860-444-1175.

Recreation / Activities:

  • We are delighted to once again safely begin holding small, socially distanced group activities.
  • The fun this week included: ice cream social, coffee social, “non” baking, arts & crafts, BINGO, and prepping for spring plantings.
  • Bayview is thrilled to safely welcome back over the next few weeks our volunteers and vendors including entertainment, clergy, artists, and instructors.
  • A reminder to everyone that we do have various tablet devices for your loved one to utilize to access games, various communication tools, games, news, and more.

Dining:

  • Bayview Residents are thrilled to be participating in communal dining in both our Long-term care unit and our secured dementia unit. This allows opportunities for additional opportunities for socialization among our residents. As always, we continue to follow all guidance set forth by the CDC and CMS.
  • We are looking forward to the “Grand” opening of Lynn’s Place in May!

It has been so lovely seeing all of you pass through our doors once again. Did you know that the average person has a stride length of approximately 2.1 to 2.5 feet? So, it takes over 2,000 steps to walk one mile. Let’s challenge each other to stay as healthy as we can in 2021 and start taking “STEPS” towards it together!

Thank you and, as always, please stay safe and healthy!

April 19, 2021 Athena News
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