Life is Still Beautiful at The GreenFields
The GreenFields Continuing Care Community has suspended visitation until further notice and social distancing has altered the way meals are served and resident activities are presented. Even in the wake of these changes, life is still beautiful at The GreenFields.
“The changes in routine have been proactive and well planned,” wrote Paul & Judy Kroll, GreenField Manor residents. “Group activities, limited to the first ten residents to show up, are still going on… staff members take orders and do limited grocery shopping for residents. Grace’s Place Cafe is still offering its daily specials, which are delivered. A huge effort is being put forth by the kitchen and dining room staff, with dinners being delivered to each apartment. The GreenFields staff’s efforts are certainly what we would deem above-and-beyond-the-call-of duty!”
In addition, The GreenFields Activities and Creative Arts departments are assisting residents with communicating with their family members through a variety of methods, including phone, Skype, Facetime and Zoom. Resident birthdays are being celebrated in earnest — including one celebrating 105 years and another celebrating 101 years. GreenFields drivers have been taking residents for “joy rides” around the area to help combat cabin fever. A number of residents have also presented various forms of entertainment, including DVDs and CDs, to other residents.
The GreenFields has also received an overwhelming amount of community support. The Niagara Lutheran Health System Board of Directors, residents’ families and patients have supplied employees with many lunches, snacks, and desserts. The employees and children of The GreenFields Childcare Center, Imagination Station, welcomed employees to their facilities with chalk drawings and thank you messages. Hundreds of masks have come in from all over the state, as well as headbands designed to take pressure off employees’ ears from their masks. Try-It Distributing, on behalf of Anheuser-Busch, donated energy drinks for all employees. Residents have received handmade cards from the children of Marilla Primary School and flower arrangements from local florists and families.
The GreenFields Continuing Care Community is also continuing to hire, including restaurant, hospitality, and retail workers who may have been displaced as a result of COVID-19. Please visit thegreenfields.org/careers/ for a list of open positions and ways to apply.
The Niagara Lutheran Health System is a not-for-profit organization that provides for the physical, social, and spiritual needs of the individuals we serve, in a Christian environment. The GreenFields Continuing Care Community on Broadway in Lancaster provides residential living at GreenField Manor and assisted living at GreenField Court. GreenField Terrace provides memory care and enhanced assisted living. GreenField Health & Rehabilitation Center provides 24-hour skilled nursing care, dementia care, respite care and myriad rehabilitation services.