Helping Patients Stay Socially Connected While Physically Distant

The COVID-19 pandemic has our life enrichment team members flexing their creative muscle in more ways than one. They’re working hard to ensure the social, emotional, physical and mental health of our patients. Not only have these men and women been tasked with modifying events and activities to allow for physical distancing, they’ve also become friends, teachers and even helpdesk technicians. 

How are our patients celebrating the holidays while staying safe?

Our life enrichment team members are wearing a lot of different hats these days and are doing it with style and grace. For Thanksgiving, we had the unique opportunity to prepare boxed turkey dinners complete with all the fixings for our patients and their families. Small groups gathered in the dining area, some families enjoyed a brief window visit, and still others had the special opportunity to dine together al fresco (and physically distant). Our patients were over the moon to have this precious time with loved ones.

For Christmas this year, we’re planning a festive parade and caroling in the halls. Our patients can enjoy the show from the safety of their doorway. We always look forward to holiday celebrations at Bay Breeze, and we want to make sure this year feels just as jolly.

In addition to modifying events and activities, we’ve also begun using technology to keep our families connected. iPads and FaceTime have quickly become a new avenue of comfort for families—especially those who live far away. We love reuniting our patients and families. We’ve seen our patients smile more, laugh more and shed more happy tears since initiating this program.

It has become such an important part of our resident’s routine, in fact, that we’ve decided to keep it throughout the pandemic and long after.

How has Bay Breeze adapted to maintain the integrity of the center and medical care of our patients?

In addition to our life enrichment team, there are many other roles that continue to surprise us with their adaptability, ingenuity or creativeness. For example, our wellness and restorative team has reassessed how to safely entertain patients, keep their minds sound and their bodies fit to ensure they maintain their highest level of independence.

As it is our mission to minimize our patients’ exposure and risk to the novel coronavirus, we’ve also streamlined communications between our nursing staff; medical directors and providers to ensure they are taken care of as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

As we look forward to a new year, we’ll continue to concentrate on supporting the emotional, social, mental and physical needs of our patients in a safe and secure way. We offer a full range of care to help our patients achieve their highest level of health.

Call Bay Breeze Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center at 850-932-9257 to learn more