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Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley Executive Director update 6/17/2021

Dear Residents, Families and Employees: 

Vaccine:

Vermont canceled all restrictions because 80% of their eligible population has been vaccinated.  Walk-in vaccines are now available at Walmart.  Stapeley is able to provide two different COVID vaccines and you can choose the product you would like to be vaccinated with.  There are no good reasons not to be protected (with the exception of health issues).

Employees:

“To be a hero or a heroine, one must give an order to oneself.” – Simone Weil

This pandemic has been hard on everyone.  We lost a number of our Employees in the beginning due to fear and we have not been able to replace all of them yet.  This challenges our ability to provide service in ways this organization and our Residents prefer.  At times, it becomes necessary to prioritize what work is to be done.  Our commitment to providing you the best possible experience remains; we must also balance that with our commitment to our Employees.  We are committed to providing them a safe work environment and monitoring that they are not pushed to a breaking point.  The Employees who stayed on and continued to do the best they could have let us know they are tired at times.  I share this information with you along with a request to show all Employees grace as they do their very best to care for you. Thank you.

With gratitude,

Ken Beiler

Executive Director, Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley

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Gardening 101: Easy Tips and Tricks for Seniors

With warmer weather upon us, now is the perfect time to partake in outdoor activities like gardening. For seniors, gardening is a wonderful activity that can have significant health benefits for the mind, body, and soul, while also allowing you to spend time outdoors soaking in the vitamin D and fresh air. However, as we age, it can become physically taxing on our bodies to plant our favorite herbs, vegetables, and flowers in the backyard. Therefore, it’s important to integrate a variety of methods that can make our favorite hobby just a little bit easier on our bodies. 

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Not Your Grandfather’s Senior Living

When considering retirement choices and moving to a senior living community, many of us think of “an old folk’s home.” It’s common to imagine stereotypical images of the elderly sitting in wheelchairs, bored and lonely. Today, this idea couldn’t be further from the truth. Retirement communities now differ significantly from the kind where our grandparents may have lived. Established independent living communities offer their seniors comfortable, private apartments, delicious meals, medical support as needed, and a ton of opportunities to grow as a person socially, physically, and mentally. 

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Update for all WEL Main Line Residents and Staff– 6/01/2021

Dear Families,

There are no positive cases of Covid-19 with residents or staff in the Meadows (skilled nursing). We were hoping to allow single visitors in private rooms in our next step of opening but unfortunately we are concerned about adherence to our mask policies during our outdoor visits. In all good conscience we don’t feel that we can advance to our next steps until there is greater compliance.

We are aware of the CDC guidelines that allow fully vaccinated individuals to go without masks outdoors and in some cases indoors. These guidelines do not apply to senior congregate care facilities like ours. Fully vaccinated individuals can still contract and spread Covid-19 and for our most frail and vulnerable residents, this is still very dangerous. Our goal is to prevent our residents and staff from getting Covid-19. As you know, one case of Covid-19 among our staff and residents will result in us having to cease all visitation for at least two weeks then begin the process of step by step re-opening again. This has happened recently in a community not unlike ours in our area.  I know none of us wants to go through that again.

We are asking for respect and compliance with our policies. All visitors should enter through the front door for screening.   All visitors are expected to have their mask in place at all times. Please do not pull down your mask to speak, to eat etc.

With greater compliance we hope to further indoor visitation in our private rooms although outdoor visits are always preferred.

Thank-you for your partnership in keeping everyone safe!

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