Residents find meaningful and fun ways to spend their time while social distancing

During these challenging and often stressful times, residents remind us of the importance to take time for activities that can be safely done at home or while following social distancing. Check out what residents from all six of our life plan communities are doing to still have fun during this unprecedented healthcare crisis.

The Village at Luther Ridge residents remind us of the importance to take time for activities that can be safely done at home. Ron Statler found a creative way to work on his chipping in the yard while his wife, Ann, enjoyed ice cream while checking her Facebook feed. Meanwhile, Pat and Sam Furry took advantage of some beautiful spring weather to care for their flower garden. Please stay safe and stay home. If you must leave your home, practice social distancing and wear a face mask. We will get through this!

Mary Bensel baked some delicious sugar cookies to help lift the spirits of her neighbors at The Village Utz Terrace personal care residence! Her neighbors appreciated the kind gesture and said the cookies were very tasty. Mary’s generosity reminds us that we all should continue to be kind, gentle and understanding with our neighbors, friends, family and co-workers during these challenging times.

Residents at The Village at Luther Ridge enjoyed a day filled with egg dying, strawberry lemonade spritzers, local fresh made cinnamon buns from Sweet Rollers, cookies, Easter eggs and basket hunts. On Easter Sunday, residents awoke to personalized Easter baskets.

The Village at Gettysburg hosted an Easter parade for residents then the Easter Bunny visited each residential living and personal care resident to deliver an Easter basket.

Audrey Winters, Lois Monforte and Wanda Redding, residents at The Village at Gettysburg, enjoy communicating with their families via an iPad. Residents across all six life plan communities spent Easter weekend laughing and sharing stories with their family and friends as result of the iPad donation project. We would like to thank the members of our SpiriTrust Lutheran® boards and committees who donated resources toward the purchase of iPads while also reaching out to their friends to do the same.

As her April 2 birthday approached, Millie Shaffer thought the current healthcare crisis may mean that for the first time in 100 years, she would not have a cake for her birthday. However, team members at The Village at Shrewsbury did not let that happen! They not only made sure Millie had cake for her 102nd birthday, they also set up an iPad so her son and daughter-in-law could wish her a happy birthday via Facetime. We are so happy Millie was able to celebrate her special day – and enjoy a delicious piece of cake!

Residents at The Village at Luther Ridge are having fun with hallway activities. Here residents embraced their inner racer as they raced remote control cars down the hallways.

Hanover-based Utz Quality Foods generously donated a large quantity of individually-packaged snacks that were delivered to The Villages at Gettysburg, Kelly Drive, Shrewsbury, Sprenkle Drive and Utz Terrace. Here residents at The Village at Sprenkle Drive show of these delicious treats.

Residents at The Village at Luther Ridge were surprised with a more than 30 car parade with banners, balloons, fire trucks and honking horns. Check out the video here.

Residents at The Village at Luther Ridge celebrated Mother’s Day weekend with afternoon tea, a game of “Teago” and freshly made tea sandwiches and desserts. Residents then made their way outside to enjoy the sunshine in an outdoor social with bubbles, ice cream sandwiches and 50’s tunes. On Mother’s Day residents woke up to beautifully handmade floral arrangements by fellow resident Betty P. and personalized cards from family members.

Residents at The Village at Gettysburg are utilizing technology to connect with fellow residents and remain active. Jess Sheahan, life enrichment director, has been using Zoom to teach Chair Yoga and Fit Medley. “I usually ‘show up’ to class 10 minutes early to greet, catch up and have coffee with the residents,” said Jess. She also has produced chair exercise videos that can be viewed on iPads by residents in the personal care residence and skilled care center. “I am really happy with how residents have embraced technology to get together and remain physically active,” she added.

Residents at The Village at Luther Ridge took advantage of a sunny day to plant flowers in the community garden.

On May 20, team members at The Village at Shrewsbury lifted residents’ spirits with a parade through the community. Residents gathered outside clapping, waving flags, banging buckets with wooden spoons and holding signs. Both team members and residents held signs of gratitude, well-wishes and “we miss you.”

The Village at Utz Terrace is finding ways to connect residents during this unprecedented healthcare crisis. Each week residents are given a schedule and a meeting ID to be able to continue life enrichment opportunities through Zoom. Laurie Jones, life enrichment director at The Village at Utz Terrace, leads residents through strength training as the residents show off their improvised weights. The Village at Utz Terrace began with meditation and exercise classes and has now expanded its offerings to prayer groups, weekly trivia and coffee & chats. “Our residents have been wonderful in giving this ‘new to us’ technology a try,” said Jones.