In March, the Georgia Department of Community Health visited Lenbrook’s Health Care Center for a three-day long unannounced state inspection, and I am so proud to say that the Surveyor Inspectors cited ZERO deficiencies and were impressed by our operations here at Lenbrook.
April is Parkinson’s Awareness month. Each day, 37 people in the USA are diagnosed with this disease. It is one of the most common, long-term neurologic disorders where the central nervous system degenerates, and that affects the motor system.
Martha Randolph Tells Her Friends:
“This is the only senior living community you want to move to!”
As she was getting ready for choir practice at her beloved Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Martha Randolph heard a slam coming from the shower. Her husband, Robert Lee Randolph, Jr., had suffered a heart attack and had collapsed, So she jumped in, helped him onto the shower mat, and immediately pulled the medical emergency cord to alert Lenbrook’s security and healthcare staff.
I am delighted to share some of my recent experiences with Lenbrook’s Health Care heroes who took care of me when I needed medical care and rehabilitation recently. This on-campus care for a period of six weeks, as well as the past two and a half years that include the time of the global pandemic, have certainly confirmed what a good decision it has been for me to move to Lenbrook, and what a blessing it is to live here.
On October 24, LeadingAge, the national association of nonprofit providers of aging services, unveiled Joyful Hearts, a public photo exhibit in Centennial Park to celebrate the compassion, dedication, and warmth of professional caregivers at three Atlanta senior living communities, including Lenbrook.
As Lenbrook’s Fitness Manager, it’s is remarkable to see how many Lenbrook residents, some at a very advanced age, enjoy our state-of-the-art fitness facilities. Our Fitness Center is vital to the long-term wellbeing of all of Lenbrook’s residents, and every Lenbrook resident, after completing his or her health questionnaire and other documents needed for complimentary membership, has unlimited access. During regular times, we offer a wide variety of group classes and access to our magnificent and sparkling indoor pool and our top-of-the-line workout machines.
What’s your overall assessment and impact of the pandemic with regard to the most vulnerable population -- seniors?
Definition of community: a feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
When we first began to see the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was clear to all of us at Lenbrook that we would need to shift and adjust as a community – quickly, and with intention.
One of the few consistent things I look forward to during this turbulent time is that almost every day I hear from one or more of our residents who want to share their heartfelt appreciation for our associates. They, and I, are in awe of the work our associates are doing in spite of possible feelings of fear, anxiety and frustration. This horrible Coronavirus knows no boundaries and our residents are especially vulnerable. We all understand the potential impact that this virus could have on our community.
Four years ago when my wife Mary Ann and I moved to Lenbrook, little did I know that my medical background and work for the CDC would provide a valuable perspective to our new community. While I’m not an infectious disease doctor, I spent 30 years with the CDC as the Director of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Currently, I’m a faculty member at Emory University and I welcome the opportunity to assist with our community’s preparedness and response to the COVID-19 threat.