“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”; and, “Love your neighbor as yourself”. – Luke 10:25 27
Thanks to increasing health precautions such as washing hands frequently, practicing social distances, limiting visitors, and cooperation from residents, families and employees, Kirby Pines does not have any suspected nor confirmed cases of the coronavirus, known as COVID-19 to date.
Our practice of asking a series of questions and taking the temperature of all who ask to gain entrance onto our lush 60-acre campus is working. We all have to continue to cooperate with these measures and others, to stay healthy and make it to the other side of this crisis.
We continue to keep our most vulnerable residents safe, and thus no visitors are allowed at this time in any of our healthcare areas. The use of FaceTime has increased greatly. This method of communication for friend and family interaction and engagement is becoming the new norm for those we serve and care for.
For those in independent apartments or garden homes, very limited visitors are allowed after passing our screening process at the guardhouses. Our in-house television station has enhanced communication regarding spiritual programs, cultural events and overall engagement. This week we added a live morning prayer for our employees, led by house Chaplain, Don Johnson, as well as a live television service for our residents.
Cooperation among residents to practice social distancing has allowed us to gather in groups, although smaller than previously held, and do such things as honor our veterans on the National Vietnam Recognition Day; attend a special four-course meal for two; and even sing along with a resident playing the piano. Our healthcare areas are also assisting residents with cards and photos to be sent to families keeping communication open while staying safe.
Recently we have updated resident profile sheets to ensure we have the contacts each resident wants reached to celebrate a birthday or provide a simple update on how they’re doing.
You too may want to take time to create such a list for your family and friends and even neighbors, should you be asked to help them during this difficult time.
We remain grateful for your prayers, suggestions, and support. We wish you and your family peace and safety during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, our President and our nation.
As things change throughout this trying time, rest assured we will continue to update and inform our residents and employees of any new procedures or developments. For the most up-to-date information, please visit kirbypines.com.