Watching the seasons come and go is a feast for the senses. Winter is a time of rest for the earth. Spring shows off the beauty of new growth and fresh flowers while birds sing joyfully. Summer brings forth hot weather that enhances our lives with sunshine and outdoor activities. Then comes fall – that time of year when colors burst from trees, and we enjoy seasonal delights such as hot apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes. It's also a reminder that the holidays are just around the corner.
Dear Residents, Families and Staff,
The positivity rate for Pennsylvania has increased from 8.2% to 9.1% in the past week. For Montgomery County the positivity rate has decreased to 5.8% from 6%. This is a positive change that offers cautious optimism.
We are continuing to monitor the status of booster shots. We were informed that the booster shots are only currently recommended for individuals who are immunocompromised. We will keep you informed when we have more information about COVID vaccine booster shots.
Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL) remains committed to the health and safety of our residents, employees, and visitors. WEL has mandated that all employees receive a completed series of the COVID -19 vaccine. As of September 1, 2021, WEL Upper Moreland has 100% of our employees with at least the first dose of vaccination or an approved exemption.
I would ask everyone who receives this memo to try to keep encouraging those you know who have not received the vaccine to do their part! Please vaccinate, don’t procrastinate.
You can obtain your vaccine through the following link: https://www.vaccines.gov/search/
The contractor for the installation of the new emergency and alarm system are continuing to work on mapping out the systems to assure connectivity and accurate alarm reception. We will keep you advised of the timing and progress of the schedule.
Thank you and stay WEL!
As this situation continues to linger with no clear end in sight, I would like to take a moment to recognize again the impact on all of us. Many of our Residents have experienced reduced contact and interaction with family and other loved ones. The pressure of maintaining all the necessary precautions continues to weigh on all of us. The effect of the situation on our Employees is difficult at times also. We continue to focus significant effort on recruiting and hiring new Employees and like most of the world we are having difficulties. As an example, we recently had 21 confirmed interviews scheduled, of those 21, one person showed up. Our Employees are working extremely hard to minimize the impact on the lives of our Residents and some are doing so at the cost of time with their families and stress on their health. Please show our Employees grace when you can and understanding when needed.
On a positive note, we have no new positives this week and 100% of all our Employees are vaccinated or have a valid exemption (there are only three Employees with exemptions).
At this moment in time, booster vaccination recommendations for the long-term care population have been at least temporarily rescinded, and currently a booster is only recommended for immunocompromised people. Tracking of the on-going effectiveness of the vaccine in older adults and those in nursing homes by the various federal agencies continues and I will keep you informed of any changes.
For any concerns, you may contact me at email@example.com or 215-991-7101. Internally, my extension is 802
Executive Director, Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley
Aging actively, gracefully, and independently is a common goal for seniors today. Technology can provide the most support to help older adults achieve this goal. Life enhancing technology for seniors includes simple, easy-to-use apps on smart phones, wearables, voice and motion-activated sensors, robotics, voice and video communication, and even virtual reality simulation devices. The active aging industry is continuously innovating and introducing new ways for seniors to stay safe, active, and connected. In fact, a CNBC news report says that the active-aging industry in the U.S. — which includes safety and smart-living technologies, health and remote care, and wellness and fitness technologies — is expected to triple in the next three years, to nearly $30 billion.
Each year, many people rely on vacations to decompress and relax from their everyday life. However, as we age, it becomes increasingly difficult to travel due to chronic pain, and health or mobility issues. The good news is you can still have exciting experiences and visit new places from the comfort of your home! Thanks to innovative technology, elderly adults can still travel the world – virtually and at any time.