Staying Connected During a Time of Social Distancing
It’s been said that “technology drives us apart.” However, at Moravian Manor Communities we believe the opposite. It is times like these when we can celebrate technology and its ability to bring people together when connectivity is most needed.
Life Plan Communities (formerly called Continuing Care Retirement Communities) are considered to be essential and life sustaining businesses, and continue to operate 24/7 during these uncertain times. In doing so, we have to be resourceful in making sure the emotional and social needs of residents and their family members are met. In addition to using technology such as FaceTime to keep residents in assisted living and personal care, as well as in our nursing center in touch with family and friends, we’ve been using applications like Zoom to keep residents fit and informed.
We know that exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day! Our Community Life Director has been using Zoom to help residents stay active through virtual classes such as Chair Yoga, Tai Chi, and Meditation. It’s equally important for residents to be able to exercise their voices and continue to have the opportunity to participate in meetings like Resident Council, and that is why we will be conducting our next Resident Council meeting virtually. Our Information Technology staff has been helping residents become more acquainted with the technology that is available to them, as well as assisting with installation, set ups, and upgrades.
Welcoming new Residential Living residents to our community also has taken a unique turn. The typical face-to-face meeting that included a traditional handshake and a warm welcome has been replaced with a virtual meeting and a smile using FaceTime. While it’s not the way we want to welcome new residents to life in Lititz at Moravian Manor Communities, we believe it’s the safest way to introduce them to their new community and help get them acclimated to their new surroundings.