By Caitlyn Gudmundsen, Senior Manager of Program Development and Outreach
Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran SeniorLife, which is using humor to lift spirits at the Passavant Community.
Lutheran SeniorLife offers senior living communities in western Pennsylvania, and is committed to providing opportunities for seniors to live abundantly. From active retirement living to assisted living to in-home assistance, Lutheran SeniorLife is committed to serving seniors regardless of physical condition or financial circumstances.
Lutheran SeniorLife’s Passavant Community in Zelienople, PA includes residential care and skilled nursing. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Passavant staff began delivering meals to seniors in their rooms to avoid congregating and keep residents safe from the virus. Staff recognized that residents are experiencing isolation since they must stay in their rooms, so the dietary team came up with a solution to help brighten residents’ days.
The dietary team added a postcard to each resident’s meal with a pun about food. Messages like, “We can ‘beet’ this together” and “we’re eggstatic to be keeping you healthy” brought smiles to residents’ faces, and reminded them that the staff care deeply about their well-being. One staff member even created original artwork for each card. The cards were signed by a member of the dietary team and attached to 400 meals delivered to the residents. The messages were such fun for all involved that the team plans to make punny cards again!
Thank you to Lutheran SeniorLife for the love you show to the seniors you serve, and your desire to help them through the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic!