The New Year is always a time for the celebration of new beginnings. This year’s new beginning, however, seems more important than others. 2021 marks the hopeful end of a pandemic that shrouded us for most of 2020. We are already hopeful, with many of our communities receiving their first round of the COVID-19 vaccine this month.
"There's just an energy in the room, an energy we haven't felt in a long time," said Garden Plaza at Cleveland, Tennessee, Executive Director Ken Bolin about his residents getting the vaccine. "We finally see the light at the end of the tunnel."
Rita Hood, regional and executive director of Lake Point Landing, in Hendersonville, North Carolina, said she was in awe of the courage and bravery of her residents as they received the vaccine. "I could see a sense of relief in them, knowing that hopefully they will be protected from the awful virus that has been thrust upon us."
Rita's hope is that they can go back to the active lifestyle their community is known for.
Carol Skall, a resident at Garden Plaza of Post Falls, Idaho, says she's most excited to get back to exercise classes and playing hangman trivia with the other residents. "When you see what's going on in the world, I thank God I am here in this facility," she said. "The vaccine process was so easy and efficient; you can tell the faculty are so happy to be here and happy to be giving out these vaccines."
Having worked at Post Falls for the past nine years, Jessie Stevenson, a sales associate, stated, "It is my duty to try to make this transition back to normal as quickly as possible for them to go back to enjoying their lives."
Servant's hearts like these are so needed in the world today, and we are so lucky to have them serving our residents at Century Park Associates.
The second vaccine will start being administered in February, and we look forward to the smiling faces and the glimpses of hope we can already foresee.