The staff of Green Ridge Village has been thinking outside the box to help keep residents’ spirits up during these unprecedented times.

Amanda Mylin, director of community life at Green Ridge Village, said thanks to the technology of Eversound headphones, residents are enjoying games of hallway bingo twice a week while maintaining social distancing requirements.

“We are doing anything we can to help keep our residents busy and active,” Mylin said. “We are putting together activity packets, giving them craft projects, and they are even playing a gaming system on iPads called ‘Never Too Late,’ that is geared toward seniors.”

Mylin said staff members had their children create fun and colorful Easter artwork to brighten the hallways, and since visitors are not permitted inside, they have begun using video chats to keep residents in touch with their family members.

“We have six or seven virtual visits a day, and it’s a great way for the residents to see their families. One resident got to see her grandkids, and that really lifted her spirits. They are really enjoying the virtual visits. We are adapting and learning new things for the residents.”

To help minimize the spread of the virus, staff members are only using one entrance to the building, and are washing their hands upon entering. They also have their temperatures taken before and after each shift.

Signs have also been posted in the buildings to keep staff members’ spirits lifted. A “GRV Strong, We Got This Sign,” is among them. 

“We also write colorful chalk messages on the sidewalk that leads to the entrance for the staff members, which really helps,” Mylin said. 

Mylin added they have a great support system in the community.

“Family members, staff and community members have made 160 cloth masks for our staff to wear. That has been a wonderful support for us. We have a great community and staff, and we all jump in when we can.”

“I am so proud of the GRV Team! They continue to demonstrate their dedication to the residents entrusted to our care. As always, our goal is to keep residents and team members safe and healthy. Green Ridge Village is a big family, and we take care of each other. It is amazing to work with such devoted residents and staff! I know this is a very difficult time for family and friends not being permitted to visit, but we have to ensure the safety of all on campus, that is our mission,” Hope Lambert, executive director of Green Ridge Village, said.

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