A Message From Your Executive Director
Dear Residents and Families,
Again this week, I am pleased to welcome several new residents to The Village. Recently we saw the arrival of John & Polly and Catherine. In September we will be joined by Ruth, Mary Alice, Christine, and Charlotte. Please help us welcome them to our community.
On Tuesday, 8/31 we will host our August Education Café event at 2:30pm in Smith & Sons Kitchen. Bayada’s Cynthia Stadler will discuss Getting Your Affairs in Order. She will outline what medical, financial and legal documents you should compile and organize, and how to communicate your wishes with friends and family. She’ll also explain why right now is the best time to get your plan put together. Let the concierge know if you plan to attend. Watch for our next education event on September 28th.
Check out the pictures below of some of our director staff cooking meals for our residents. We’ve had some fun trying on different roles. Thank you for all of the staff who put in that extra effort.
Thank you for your continued support and enjoy the waning summer weather.
The last few weeks at The Village have been fantastic. I, Jennifer, have been leaping into my new role here as the Activity Coordinator for the Assisted Living community. We have done some amazing things together including food shopping, clothes shopping, and getting some amazing summer clearance deals. We also enjoyed indoor music as well as a live outdoor performance of The Million Dollar Quartet at Northern Stage. One of the residents’ favorite things was baking together, and then devouring, a delicious rum cake in our Smith & Sons Kitchen. I want to thank all the residents here for your patience with me as I am learning all about your unique desires and gifts. Next month we can look forward to more live musical performances, live guest speakers, multiple opportunities for art, meet and greet opportunities, as well as an in-house cooking demonstration by a local former gluten-free restaurant owner. I’m excited for what’s to come and love all the smiles that greet me daily.
Community Connection – Vaccines
We recently announced to our staff that vaccines will be mandated for all staff by October 16, 2021. We believe this will go a long way to keeping us all safe this fall and winter.
We are watching for guidance from the state and logistical information from our pharmacy about the possibility of providing booster doses of the vaccine to our staff this fall. As soon as we know more we will communicate that to all.
CDC Frequently Asked Questions
Family and Caregiver Support Group
The Village Caregiver Support Group
Our support group meetings will be on Tuesdays in the Smith and Sons Kitchen. (2:00PM-3:00PM) We will meet person.
Please contact Gretchen Cole with any questions.
Team Member Spotlight
Krystle Liskowacki – Quality of Life Specialist/Med Tech
We introduced you to Krystle in the last newsletter and already she has earned herself an Employee of the Month honor. Krystle was recognized at our all-staff meeting last week for her positivity, commitment to our residents, setting a good example, initiative, and being willing to help out wherever she is needed. If you see Krystle around the community, please be sure to congratulate her. We are so happy to have her here.
Join Nikki every other Wednesday at 10:00 am.via Zoom for COVID and community updates and have an opportunity to ask questions. The Zoom calls will occur the same week as the newsletter is published. We will have a call this week, September 1st. I look forward to seeing you virtually!
This Week’s Menu
This Week’s Activities
COVID-19 In Our Community
We are committed to keeping you informed of how COVID-19 is impacting The Village at White River Junction. We continue our robust commitment to following the guidelines from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities by:
- Based on our current Phase and the positivity rate in our county, the following protocols for visitation are in place:
- We will gather name and contact info for contact tracing for every visit.
- Visits may occur between 8am and 8pm.
- Vaccinated guests may eat in the dining room at a table with only the resident they are visiting.
- Core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention will be enforced. These include:
- Screening before each visit
- Hand hygiene
- Mask use for all visitors and staff; fully vaccinated visitors may remove their mask when in a private area with a fully vaccinated resident.
- Visits can occur in the resident’s apartment or outside.
- Requiring all staff to wear surgical or procedural masks and adhere to screening processes
- Maintaining the frequency and rigor of cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces
- Reviewing our emergency preparedness and response program
- Coordinating best practices across our large partner network
- Group activities are held
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
LCS COVID-19 website
Local health department website
From the Governor