Hello Brookhouse families!
It’s hard to believe it’s September and the summer is almost behind us. It’s also hard to believe it’s been 6 months since we have had to make major changes in how we live inside and outside our home due to the COVID pandemic.
I understand how hard this is for everyone – residents, families and staff are all in this together. We continue to be committed to the safety and well-being of everyone inside this home.
On a positive note, we have much to be thankful for. Brookhouse remains COVID free, and although residents must continue to wear masks when outside their rooms, and keep a safe distance, at least we have each other. I have spoken with many of the ladies about focusing on the fact they are not alone. There are 25 employees who work at Brookhouse and 30 other residents they can talk to. This would not be the case if they were still living alone. They are all safe and being well cared for.
We appreciate your cooperation with our visitation policy. It has been great to see families sitting on the lawn or under the pergola enjoying each other’s company, even if at a short distance. Please remember we must limit these visits to 30 minutes, as it requires extra staff attention to accommodate all. We continue to take direction from MA DPH as we enter September, and there are no changes in the regulations around visitors, hairdresser, non-essential medical appointments, communal dining, deliveries to residents, etc. I will let you know as soon as anything changes.
In the meantime, the ladies are able to lean on us and each other through their daily activities. They are really benefiting from Marsha’s “Caring and Sharing” support group where they can voice their thoughts about these times, and how they personally are coping. We are grateful to be able to listen and provide any help we can. Dancercise is a great outlet they enjoy. Songs like “Shake your Booty”, “All Shook Up”, “Twist”, and “That’s Life”, are a few of the favorites.
Brookhouse has a few rooms available if you know of a senior woman you think would be appropriate for this setting. We are being extremely careful about any new admission and are speaking with potential residents outside. Most of you know the process, but a doctor’s report is the first thing we look at before inviting someone to fill out an application. If you have any questions about this, don’t hesitate to call me.
I wish you continued safety and good health.