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In the days of COVID lockdowns, those suffering the most from confinement are our elderly who are unable to see family and friends.

On Friday the Vinton Lutheran Home came up with a brilliant idea to allow families to sit next to their loved one, at the window in the dining area. A delicious cookout meal was provided to residents and guests alike. 

In a statement from Vinton's Lutheran Home they said, " In a time of uncertainty due to the COVID pandemic, the health and safety of those we serve at the Vinton Lutheran Home remains our top priority. In keeping with the federal guidelines and restrictions designed to keep our residents safe, only essential needs such as therapy services, bathing and dining can currently take place outside of the resident's personal living space. Cloth masks donated by local seamstresses are required to be worn by residents whenever they leave their room. So that each resident can partake in meals outside of their room, distance dining is structured to ensure that residents are spaced at least six feet apart and meals are completed in shifts. Individual activities are provided for residents in their room and “Hall Bingo” is a crowd favorite. Masked residents play by sitting in the doorway of their room while bingo numbers are called on walkie talkies. The games are lively and loud at times!  

In the face of these restrictions, National Skilled Nursing Home Week 2020 was creatively and innovatively celebrated. Activities throughout the week were centered around the theme, “Sharing Our Wisdom.” Daily themed activities included “Sharing a Laugh,” Sharing our Family,” “Sharing a Game,” and "Sharing our Wisdom with the World.” Pictures are available on our Facebook page for all to enjoy. Our week culminated with “Sharing a Meal” and was celebrated by residents and families with a “Drive-Thru Picnic.”

The Drive-Thru Picnic menu included our summer fundraising Drive-Thru favorites of burgers on a pretzel roll, chips, and malts. Chef Justin Ealy and the facility management team creatively brainstormed ways to safely carry out this activity within the current COVID restrictions. Following strict social distancing guidelines and hygienic practices, families were invited to enjoy their lunch “picnic style” within view of their loved one. Cell phones provided a means of communication so that conversations could be held despite being separated by a closed window! We would like to thank the many families who were able to participate and make this event special for their loved ones. The demonstration of respect by families for the required safety guidelines was truly appreciated and helped to make this a successful undertaking.”

Great job Vinton Lutheran Home Communities for going the extra mile for our senior citizens!


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