BRISTOL -- The staff at Sheriden Woods Health Care Center is looking forward to putting 2020 in the rearview mirror.
Timothy Brown, director of marketing and communications for Sheriden Woods parent company Athena Health Care Systems, said both residents and staff of the center are expected to receive their first dose of the covid-19 vaccine on Dec. 30, followed by the second dose on Jan. 20.
“There is now light at the end of this very dark tunnel that was 2020,” Brown said.
Sheriden Woods Health Care Center offers short-term rehabilitation, long-term, respite, hospice and dementia care. The dedicated staff provides individualized care with compassion, dignity and respect. The facility includes spacious private and semi-private rooms, cozy lounges, and a beautiful outside courtyard with a gazebo.
Brown said the staff is looking forward to inviting the community back into the center as it has done for more than 30 years now for various events, including entertainers coming back to share their expertise and provide joy and excitement to residents. They are also looking forward to celebrating birthdays with families and friends again and offering tours for those looking to stay at Sheriden Woods following a hospital stay or call the facility their future home.
Brown said Sheriden Woods’ staff and residents’ families should be praised for how they have handled this pandemic.
“Every step of the way there was a new challenge,” Brown said. “The staff rose to the occasion at every turn.”
Staff had to adapt to the change of the state mandated visitation policy, helping residents see loved ones through window visits and teaching them how to use tablets so they could see their families through virtual zoom meetings. They also played hallway bingo with residents and did other individual activities instead of group activities.
Families were also gracious through it all, Brown said.
“We have appreciated the patience of our families over the past year as we adjusted to all the guidelines that have come down from the state and federal government,” Brown said. “We empathize with them and the feeling of isolation during this time.”
The community also showed a ton of support for the staff members and residents at Sheriden Woods.
“The families, as well as the community, have been great with doing the heroes parades and bringing food to the center during the height of the pandemic,” Brown said.
He added that a number of elementary schools throughout the pandemic had students write letters to residents so that they had someone to converse with.
While there’s much to look forward to in 2021, Brown said Sheriden Woods is asking the community to stay vigilant in the fight against COVID-19.
“Wash your hands, watch your distance and wear your masks,” Brown said. “We’re so close, but we need their help. Our staff and residents will all be vaccinated by late January, help us continue to keep them safe by doing your part.”
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or email@example.com.