A Message From Your Executive Director
Dear Residents and Families,
This week we will distribute our Resident Satisfaction Survey to residents in Assisted Living and to the responsible party for our Memory Care folks. I really appreciate you taking the time to let us know what we are doing well and what we can work to improve upon. All surveys will be anonymous and will go directly to the survey organization in sealed envelopes.
Be sure to check out our photos below. Last week, in the spirit of the Kind Boys, our resident Bill received an anonymous gift from another resident as a gesture of thanks and friendship. The kindness keeps being passed around!
Going forward we will publish this newsletter every 2 weeks instead of weekly. The weekly distribution was so important during the height of COVID but thankfully now there is less to report each week. We will still include the activity calendar and the upcoming menus as we always have. The newsletter may be bi-weekly but we are still here for any questions you may have.
Thank you for your continued support and enjoy this beautiful weather.
Last week at The Village residents enjoyed daily fitness, daily movies, live music with Jim Hollis, trivia, and mini golf on Cantore Terrace. On Tuesday, International Museum Day, we took a trip to the Vermont Toy Museum and Vermont Antique Mall in Quechee where residents had a chance to learn about local history and even play a few arcade games! On Wednesday we enjoyed a nice walk to Ava’s Candy Corner for ice cream, and on Thursday a lunch outing at Tuckerbox Cafe.
This week residents can look forward to daily movies and documentaries, trivia, Happy Hour on Tuesday and Friday, and our weekly lunch discussion group in Windsor Dining Room. On Tuesday we will take a shopping trip to Walmart at 10:30am and an outing to Vermont Institute of Natural Science at 1:15pm. On Thursday we will take a trip to Silver Lake in Barnard, Vermont for a picnic lunch at 11:30am. If you’re interested in attending any of the outings, please sign up with the concierge.
Community Connection – Vaccines
Our pharmacy has resumed distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
We understand that you may have questions about this process as well as the vaccines themselves, for that reason we are sharing below the links to the CDC and Johnson & Johnson websites to help answer some of your inquiries.
Family and Caregiver Support Group
The Village Caregiver Support Group
Our first meeting will be on Tuesday May 25th in the Smith and Sons Kitchen. (2:00PM-3:00PM)
We will meet person and I will also send out a Zoom link for those who are unable to attend in person.
Our ongoing meeting schedule will be determined at that time.
Please contact Gretchen Cole with any questions.
Team Member Spotlight
Erin Matto – Quality of Life Specialist
The energetic Erin Matto recently joined our health services team as an overnight QLS. Erin brings an energy and enthusiasm for her work that we value here at The Village. Erin lives in New Hampshire with her puppy and husband and enjoys her commute at night and early in the morning on the pretty Upper Valley roads. Welcome aboard, Erin!
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, May 26th, and then every other week after that. 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:
- All visits must be scheduled ahead of time. We need to record the time you enter the community.
- Residents may have up to 4 visitors per day
- We will gather name and contact info for contact tracing for every visit.
- Visits may occur between 9am and 7pm.
- 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
- Asking residents and employees to adhere to the State of Vermont travel restrictions
- 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