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.
“It all started with this email that we received from one of our Lenbrook neighbors,” notes Richard Conway, President of Lenbrook’s Residents Association.
“I sent a check to Chris Keysor, Lenbrook President and CEO, and asked him to use it as a thank you gift to Lenbrook Associates who are taking such good care of us, sometimes even at a risk to themselves and their families and also to help a little with any financial needs. This made me feel good and I hope you will find out for yourself how good it feels!”
Right now, in the middle of the global pandemic, it is an honor for me to be on the frontline as part of Lenbrook’s COVID-19 Task Force. Together, we help design and implement the large and small policies and procedures that are put in place to keep our 500 residents and 250+ associates as safe as possible.
Today and every day, the health and safety of Lenbrook’s community is our first priority.
As VP of Lenbrook’s Health Services and member of our COVID-19 Task Force, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you what steps we are taking together as we face today’s healthcare crisis. Only when we work together as one team – residents, family members, associates, vendors partners and management team – are we able to help prevent and mitigate the spread of the novel Coronavirus.