Seniors at Plymouth Retirement Home Ease Closer to Normalcy
A sense of normalcy is finally returning for residents at The Waters of Plymouth.
The senior living home is filling the first week of October with activities and events for its residents. Staff say it’s a refreshing change from the past months of needing to shelter in place due to COVID-19.
On Monday, World Teachers’ Day was celebrated. All 15 retired teachers living at The Waters of Plymouth got a knock on their door with gifts, cards and certificates.
On Tuesday, a group of residents participated in a church service outdoors. Seniors attending worship said they haven’t been in a church for months.
“I’ve been doing online services, but it’s not the same as feeling like you’re worshiping with others,” Dolly Franks explained.
Franks added that the pandemic confined her to her apartment and she couldn’t see other people.
“I just really felt like I was just alone,” said Franks.
Ninety-year-old Ginny Noreen said the pandemic has been tough for her and her family to see each other.
“My apartment on the other end looks over the parking lots. So (my son) can just stand there and we can visit that way,” said Noreen.
Both residents agree that the fellowship was refreshing. Michelle Robbins, the active life manager, said the church service was a emotional day for many folks.
“It’s a big deal for them,” said Robbins. “They’ve been wondering if everybody is going through the same thing as them during this quarantine.”
The senior living home also has plans for crafting and concerts throughout the week. When the weather gets cooler, there will be virtual entertainment and church services.
“We’re going to do visits with families indoor. We have designated areas where families can come in see one another,” explained Robbins.