By Libby Rosequist
Some of the residents at Brevillier Village took advantage of the nice weather last week by getting outside for some fresh air.
“Naturally, everyone is usually excited for spring and the warm sunshine, however after a year of social distancing and restrictions, we are all very eager to see good weather around the corner,” Maureen Rizzo, director of development, said. “As federal and state restrictions begin to lessen, we are hopeful for family members and volunteers to return.”
Understanding the need for residents to continue visits with family members and friends, Brevillier was able to use grant funding to purchase five new iPads for telecommunication.
“The recreation staff worked to coordinate various times for residents and their loved ones to have scheduled virtual visits,” Rizzo said. “Additionally, we are able to have recreation activities separated by each hall and provide virtual entertainment.”
Outdoor activities are common at Brevillier Village and the residents can often be found walking, gardening, listening to entertainment and enjoying the Lake Erie sunsets.
“Spring is a season of hope and new beginnings, and this could not be any more true this year,” Rizzo said. “Our campus features over 20 acres of lakefront property, staff and residents are beyond excited to begin outdoor activities and some have already taken advantage of some of the mild days we have been blessed with.
“As the weather continues to improve we are hopeful for some of our outdoor entertainment to return, however we must remain vigilant with our efforts in keeping residents, staff and our community safe.”
The past year, the staff at Brevillier became creative in the recreational activities and events to try and keep some normality during the pandemic.
“We are very appreciative to the entire community for supporting our efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Rizzo said.
More than 95% of Brevillier’s residents have received the Pfizer vaccine.
Since March 17, residents are able to have visitation with their loved ones.
“Because there are so many uncertainties regarding COVID-19 and overall effectiveness of the vaccine, visitations will be in a controlled setting, require PPE, and full sanitizing of visitation space between visits,” Rizzo assured. “Our facility does follow the required state and federal guidelines, which means things can change at any time. We have created a compassionate caregiving environment and our dedicated staff will continue to be flexible, yet mindful in keeping everyone safe.
“We are hopeful and cautiously greeting each day as an opportunity to provide residents with health care, love, essential human connection and our dignified quality of life standard.”
Brevillier is also working with local churches to provide online Easter services for residents to view.
Deacon Chuck Adamczyk and Dean Melinda Hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Deacon Mary Lord of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church are setting up the ability to watch the services virtually for the residents.