residents at Arbour Square of Harleysville receive Moderna vaccines

Arbour Square of Harleysville residents receive vaccines, balloon buddies

The health and safety of the residents and team members at Arbour Square of Harleysville is our top priority, and we are taking additional measures, beyond the requirements of government and health authorities, to protect everyone in the community.

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Feb 16, 2021 Updated | Feb 17, 2021

Irene Pronzato, resident of Arbour Square of Harleysville, receiving first dose of Moderna vaccine
Irene Pronzato was the first Arbour Square of Harleysville resident to get the COVID-19 vaccination. She was part of a group that received their first shot on Feb. 9.

HARLEYSVILLE — Residents of the Arbour Square of Harleysville senior independent living community received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine recently.

On Tuesday, February 9, health care providers from Rann Pharmacy administered the shots to the first group of residents, and first in line was Irene Pronzato, who turned 95 years old that week. Skippack Pharmacy supplied the vaccines for the second group of residents on Friday, February 12.

“Over 90% of eligible Arbour Square residents have now received the first dose of the vaccine,” a Feb. 16 release said.

“There are no words to describe how incredibly overjoyed I am that we have been able to bring this vaccine to our community,” said Mimi Kehan, executive director at Arbour Square. “This marks the beginning of getting back to normal.”

Assistant Executive Director Betsy Roth added, “Both days of vaccinations were hugely successful and ran smoothly. All our team members and pharmacy staff came together to make this a reality for our residents.”

“Arbour Square team members wore t-shirts with ‘We think you’re a Big Shot’ written on the front and filled the community with music and dancing to celebrate a huge milestone in the fight against COVID-19,” the release said.

Arbour Square of Harleysville resident Phil Kretschman with his balloon buddy
Arbour Square of Harleysville resident Phil Kretschman holds a balloon buddy. The balloon buddies were from Balloonatics at Crazy Balloon Delivery, LLC, as part of its nationwide “Adopt a Grandparent” movement.

 

Adding to the celebration was a delivery of balloon sculptures with uplifting notes by Balloonatics at Crazy Balloon Delivery, LLC, as part of their nationwide “Adopt A Grandparent” movement.

Every resident of Arbour Square was adopted by a local person or business, and Arbour Square team members delivered the 250 balloon buddies to surprised residents who reacted with big smiles and genuine emotion.

Chris Kretschman of Harleysville got a chuckle out of seeing his “WWll vet, tough as nails, 90 something year old” dad holding his balloon buddy. Chris thanked the staff at Arbour Square for making this happen. “You are making so many people happy.”

“This week was special for so many reasons,” said Arbour Square Joy Director Melissa Crouse. “Seeing our residents overcome with joy at receiving their balloon buddies was very uplifting and something we will not forget.”

 

 

 

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Verena at the Reserve team members host vaccination clinic onsite for residents

Verena at the Reserve Receives COVID-19 Vaccines

The health and safety of the residents and team members at Verena at the Reserve is our top priority, and we are taking additional measures, beyond the requirements of government and health authorities, to protect everyone in the community.

Verena at the Reserve retirement community receives vaccines, with help from The Prescription Shoppe

By MAGGIE MORE
VIRGINIA GAZETTE |
FEB 05, 2021 AT 6:20 PM

Jade Ranger, pharmacist and co-owner of the Prescription Shoppe, explains the vaccination process to residents of Verena at the Reserve, a retirement community in Williamsburg. Maggie More/staff
Jade Ranger, pharmacist and co-owner of the Prescription Shoppe, explains the vaccination process to residents of Verena at the Reserve, a retirement community in Williamsburg. Maggie More/staff (Virginia Gazette)

On a cold and damp Friday afternoon, a balloon arch curved over the entryway to the main the dining room at the Verena at the Reserve Retirement Community. The tables were filled with senior citizens chatting amongst themselves at spaced-out tables, and employees bustled back and forth between them, sporting plastic tiaras as they wiped down tables.

The reason for the happy atmosphere, despite the somber weather, could be seen on a plastic utility cart, wheeled around by The Prescription Shoppe’s Jade Ranger — syringes full of Moderna vaccine, set to go into arms over the course of the following two hours.

For many of the 146 residents living full time at Verena — around 96% of the capacity of the independent living facility in Williamsburg, Virginia — this was their first chance to get the vaccine. According to Mark Booth, director of sales and marketing for the retirement community, a few residents had already been vaccinated through their primary care physicians and a few had opted out because of medical concerns after advice from their doctors. But everybody was notified, Booth said, and the majority of residents opted in.

Marty Lott, age 83, said she was “excited” to get the vaccine, though as a former nurse, she had “many unanswered questions.”

“That’s kind of dangerous,” she joked about the knowledge she gained from her former profession.

Though the new approach used by the COVID-19 vaccines — which utilize mRNA from the virus to train the human body’s immune response rather than dead or weakened COVID-19 cells as most vaccines do — was not as “tried and true” as the vaccines Lott was familiar with, prompting her questions for Jade Ranger, she felt that the “amazing” development could be the future of vaccines.

“I have nothing but kudos to Denise,” Lott said of the community’s executive director, Denise Harper’s, efforts as she waited for her injection with her friend, Marion Brooks, age 87. When the time came, they both received their vaccination with ease.

Eighty-three-year-old resident Marty Lott gets vaccinated by Jade Ranger, co-owner of the prescription shoppe. Lott is a retired nurse, which she jokes is “kind of dangerous” due to the number of questions she has about the vaccine. Maggie More/staff
Eighty-three-year-old resident Marty Lott gets vaccinated by Jade Ranger, co-owner of the prescription shoppe. Lott is a retired nurse, which she jokes is “kind of dangerous” due to the number of questions she has about the vaccine. Maggie More/staff (Virginia Gazette)

The residents of Verena have been waiting for their vaccine for the same long months as the rest of the Historic Triangle, perhaps more anxiously than most due to their age and vulnerability to the deadly COVID-19 virus. Now, thanks to the joint efforts of Verena, the Virginia Department of Health, and the Prescription Shoppe, many of the residents got their first dose Friday.

The vaccination event “brings safety and security for the residents,” Booth said.

“I’m so thrilled,” said Harper. She worked closely with The Prescription Shoppe, a local pharmacy that has been distributing COVID vaccines to the area since mid-January, to make the event happen.

According to Harper, Verena has worked closely with The Prescription Shoppe in the past, holding similar drives in-residence for the annual flu vaccine. Around December, she reached out to Henry Ranger, who co-owns the local pharmacy with his wife Jade, to see if it would be possible to host an event for the COVID vaccine.

At the time, Henry Ranger was unsure when they would get the vaccine or how many doses they would receive. But as supply began to increase, he began to fill out the necessary forms and reached out to the necessary health departments to get the ball rolling. According to Jade Ranger, the health department has been creating spreadsheets of long-term care facilities, asking pharmacies to step in with local distribution.

That local outreach is something that Jade Ranger and her husband have done for years as pharmacists. In 2011, when he worked at Farm Fresh, Jade Ranger said, her husband began calling senior living facilities to bring other necessary vaccines to them, for elderly residents who might have limited mobility. They did the same thing when they were pharmacists at Wal-Mart, and “now, we’re doing it with The Prescription Shoppe.”

Residents of Verena decorated small signs with their reason for getting vaccinated on Feb. 5. The Prescription Shoppe worked with the Virginia Department of Health and Denise Harper, Verena’s executive director, to set up the vaccination event at the retirement community. Maggie More/staff
Residents of Verena decorated small signs with their reason for getting vaccinated on Feb. 5. The Prescription Shoppe worked with the Virginia Department of Health and Denise Harper, Verena’s executive director, to set up the vaccination event at the retirement community. Maggie More/staff (Virginia Gazette)

Hosting events like this for the COVID-19 vaccine was a natural extension of that same idea, and they plan to do similar events for other long-term care facilities in the future, if possible.

Those efforts paid off, Harper said. When she reached out to the Peninsula Health Department on her end to see if The Prescription Shoppe could get vaccines for Verena residents, the representative was aware of the work the Rangers put into distributing their Moderna doses.

Harper believes that The Prescription Shoppe’s efforts were the “driving force” in making the event happen.

The pharmacy was given 200 doses of Moderna vaccine specifically for the event. Jade Ranger stressed that those vaccines are distributed by the health department on a separate basis from the doses most people in Phase 1B can hope to receive, and that there are still limited vaccines for everyone else. It’s part of the state’s distribution plan — long-term care facilities, with their extremely vulnerable residents, have a partnership with the VDH to ensure they get enough of the still-scarce vaccine.

Paramedics and nurses were on site in case of reactions, and each resident waited for an extra 15 minutes after their injection to ensure there were no adverse effects from the vaccination.

Jade Ranger also listed off information about the vaccines for each socially distanced, masked-up group of residents who entered the dining area. Most people’s worst side effect is a sore arm for a few days, though some people can feel under the weather for two to three days afterwards.

“Stay hydrated, get rest and you can take Tylenol as a last resort,” she said, standing in front of the balloon arch before making her way to each resident with gloves, syringes and Band-Aids.

Samuel Cohen, 91, gets his Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Asked if he was excited to get vaccinated, he said “It’s not the highlight of my week, but yeah.” He and his wife, Dot, live in Verena together, and have kept each other company while the pandemic limited how much they could go out. Maggie More/staff
Samuel Cohen, 91, gets his Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Asked if he was excited to get vaccinated, he said “It’s not the highlight of my week, but yeah.” He and his wife, Dot, live in Verena together, and have kept each other company while the pandemic limited how much they could go out. Maggie More/staff (Virginia Gazette)

Some residents were relatively underwhelmed by the event. Asked if he was excited to finally get the COVID-19 vaccine, Samuel Cohen, age 91, said “It’s not the highlight of my week, but yeah.”

He explained that the pandemic hasn’t been as hard for him “as it must be on a lot of people,” because he was lucky enough to have his wife, Dot Cohen, living with him in Verena.

Dot Cohen was more excited about the vaccine, and said “they promised it would preserve my extreme good looks,” adding that she was happy to get the injection “over with.”

The first thing Samuel Cohen planned to do, once he was fully immunized?

Dot Cohen decorated her sign explaining why she got vaccinated on Feb. 5. Her husband Samuel joked “She wrote a book.” Maggie More/staff
Dot Cohen decorated her sign explaining why she got vaccinated on Feb. 5. Her husband Samuel joked “She wrote a book.” Maggie More/staff (Virginia Gazette)

“Go back to my apartment,” he said. Other residents were more excited that things seem to be taking a turn for the normal.

Brooks said that she was looking forward to getting to go outside again, once she received her second dose and the world becomes safer. Her children had been telling her to stay inside for months, she said, to the point that she’s been waiting for any reason to leave her apartment.

“I’ve been excited to get blood work done, because they’ll take me for a short ride after,” she said, laughing with her friend Lott.
Ruth Evans, 88 and resident at Verena for five years, said she would “do what she has to” for her six children, who want her to stay safe.

“Hopefully, everybody can get well, and the world will turn around,” she said simply. “It’s a big job.”

Maggie More, 757-446-2305, mmore@virginiamedia.com

Original Source: https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-verena-vaccine-prescription-shoppe-20210205-ealfes4un5bkbexjn2mfmn3ddm-story.html

Verena at Gilbert treated with MicroShield 360 antimicrobial coating

Verena at Gilbert Treated with MicroShield 360 Antimicrobial Coating

Verena at Gilbert Independent Living Community Treated with MicroShield 360 Antimicrobial Coating

GILBERT, Ariz.Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Verena at Gilbert, part of the True Connection Communities (“TCC”) family, announced today that the community has been treated with MicroShield 360’s two-step antimicrobial coating system that kills a broad spectrum of pathogens and viruses, including SARS CoV-2 (the specific coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease), and protects from cross-contamination, odors, and mold between cleanings. TCC is the first senior housing operator to contract with MicroShield 360 to add this extra layer of protection against contamination by viruses in its communities.

MicroShield 360 is a unique coating system that incorporates an initial application of MicroShield 360 Renew, a hospital grade disinfectant, followed by the application of a long-lasting coating that is bacteriostatic, fungistatic, and algistatic. The MicroShield 360 coating system is EPA registered and FDA approved for direct food contact surfaces; it is odorless, colorless, and non-leaching and works every second of every day.

“Utilizing the MicroShield 360 antimicrobial treatment as an extra layer of protection in our communities will help ensure that our current and prospective residents feel safe and secure,” says Jim Pusateri, Chief Executive Officer of TCC. “We have continued to prioritize the health and safety of our residents and team members throughout the pandemic and have taken preventive measures beyond those required by government and health authorities to help protect everyone in our communities.”

About Verena at Gilbert

Verena at Gilbert, an Independent Living Community in the town of Gilbert, Arizona, is ideally located right off the 202 San Tan and Val Vista Road with retail shops, restaurants, and hiking trails all within reach. All-inclusive exquisite chef-prepared meals and a variety of amenities and services make Verena at Gilbert an ideal place for seniors seeking an active and engaged lifestyle. Learn more by visiting www.VerenaAtGilbert.com or call 480-899-8200.


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Pine Ridges of Garfield, Plumbrook, Shelby treated with MicroShield 360 antimicrobial coating

Pine Ridges of Garfield, Plumbrook, Shelby Treated with MicroShield 360 Antimicrobial Coating

Michigan Independent Living Communities Pine Ridges of Garfield, Plumbrook, Shelby Treated with MicroShield 360 Antimicrobial Coating

DETROITSept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Pine Ridge of GarfieldPine Ridge of Plumbrook, and Pine Ridge Villas of Shelby, part of the True Connection Communities (“TCC”) family, announced today that the communities have been treated with MicroShield 360’s two-step antimicrobial coating system that kills a broad spectrum of pathogens and viruses, including SARS CoV-2 (the specific coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease), and protects from cross-contamination, odors, and mold between cleanings. TCC is the first senior housing operator to contract with MicroShield 360 to add this extra layer of protection against contamination by viruses in its communities.

MicroShield 360 is a unique coating system that incorporates an initial application of MicroShield 360 Renew, a hospital grade disinfectant, followed by the application of a long-lasting coating that is bacteriostatic, fungistatic, and algistatic. The MicroShield 360 coating system is EPA registered and FDA approved for direct food contact surfaces; it is odorless, colorless, and non-leaching and works every second of every day.

“Utilizing the MicroShield 360 antimicrobial treatment as an extra layer of protection in our communities will help ensure that our current and prospective residents feel safe and secure,” says Jim Pusateri, Chief Executive Officer of TCC. “We have continued to prioritize the health and safety of our residents and team members throughout the pandemic and have taken preventive measures beyond those required by government and health authorities to help protect everyone in our communities.”

About Pine Ridges of Garfield, Plumbrook, Shelby

Pine Ridge of Garfield (Clinton Township), Pine Ridge of Plumbrook (Sterling Heights), and Pine Ridge Villas of Shelby (Shelby Township) are Independent Living Communities in picturesque Southeastern Michigan where there is no shortage of activities, events, programs, and other ways to socialize and connect with like-minded peers. All-inclusive chef-prepared meals are served daily, and housekeeping, maintenance, and transportation services give active residents the freedom to pursue favorite pastimes. Learn more by visiting www.PineRidgeGarfield.comwww.PineRidgePlumbrook.com, or www.PineRidgeShelby.com.


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Parc Place, Preston Place, Meadowstone Place treated with MicroShield 360 antimicrobial coating

Parc Place, Preston Place, Meadowstone Place Treated with MicroShield 360 Antimicrobial Coating

Parc Place, Preston Place, and Meadowstone Place Retirement Communities Treated with MicroShield 360 Antimicrobial Coating to Help Protect Residents and Guests

DALLAS-FORT WORTH, TexasSept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Parc PlacePreston Place, and Meadowstone Place, part of the True Connection Communities (“TCC”) family, announced today that the active adult communities have been treated with MicroShield 360’s two-step antimicrobial coating system that kills a broad spectrum of pathogens and viruses, including SARS CoV-2 (the specific coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease), and protects from cross-contamination, odors, and mold between cleanings. TCC is the first senior housing operator to contract with MicroShield 360 to add this extra layer of protection against contamination by viruses in its communities.

MicroShield 360 is a unique coating system that incorporates an initial application of MicroShield 360 Renew, a hospital grade disinfectant, followed by the application of a long-lasting coating that is bacteriostatic, fungistatic, and algistatic. The MicroShield 360 coating system is EPA registered and FDA approved for direct food contact surfaces; it is odorless, colorless, and non-leaching and works every second of every day.

“Utilizing the MicroShield 360 antimicrobial treatment as an extra layer of protection in our communities will help ensure that our current and prospective residents feel safe and secure,” says Jim Pusateri, Chief Executive Officer of TCC. “We have continued to prioritize the health and safety of our residents and team members throughout the pandemic and have taken preventive measures beyond those required by government and health authorities to help protect everyone in our communities.”

About Parc Place

Parc Place, located in Bedford, Texas, is an Active Adult Community that supports an active and engaged lifestyle. Parc Place boasts farm-to-table meals and a robust offering of life-enrichment activities and allows retired seniors to enjoy everything they know and love about the greater Dallas-Forth Worth area. Learn more by visiting www.ParcPlaceRetirement.com or call 817-283-6700.

About Preston Place

Preston Place is a garden-style Active Adult Community in Plano, Texas. With private entrances to apartments with no long hallways, Preston Place has a resort-like feel and, with a full schedule of activities, is designed for seniors seeking an active and engaged lifestyle. Learn more by visiting www.PrestonPlaceRetirement.com or call 972-931-1123.

About Meadowstone Place

Meadowstone Place is an Active Adult Community with no shortage of activities, events, and programs for seniors seeking an active and engaged lifestyle. Located in the desirable Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, Meadowstone Place provides residents with garden-style living and private entrances to apartments with no long hallways. Learn more by visiting www.MeadowstonePlace.com or call 214-987-0943.


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Arbour Square treated with MicroShield 360 antimicrobial coating

Arbour Square Treated with MicroShield 360 Antimicrobial Coating

Arbour Square of Harleysville Independent Living Community Treated with MicroShield 360 Antimicrobial Coating

HARLEYSVILLE, Pa.Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Arbour Square of Harleysville, part of the True Connection Communities (“TCC”) family, announced today that the community has been treated with MicroShield 360’s two-step antimicrobial coating system that kills a broad spectrum of pathogens and viruses, including SARS CoV-2 (the specific coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease), and protects from cross-contamination, odors, and mold between cleanings. TCC is the first senior housing operator to contract with MicroShield 360 to add this extra layer of protection against contamination by viruses in its communities.

MicroShield 360 is a unique coating system that incorporates an initial application of MicroShield 360 Renew, a hospital grade disinfectant, followed by the application of a long-lasting coating that is bacteriostatic, fungistatic, and algistatic. The MicroShield 360 coating system is EPA registered and FDA approved for direct food contact surfaces; it is odorless, colorless, and non-leaching and works every second of every day.

“Utilizing the MicroShield 360 antimicrobial treatment as an extra layer of protection in our communities will help ensure that our current and prospective residents feel safe and secure,” says Jim Pusateri, Chief Executive Officer of TCC. “We have continued to prioritize the health and safety of our residents and team members throughout the pandemic and have taken preventive measures beyond those required by government and health authorities to help protect everyone in our communities.”

About Arbour Square of Harleysville

Arbour Square of Harleysville is an Independent Living Community situated on a scenic, 22-acre campus in beautiful Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. With all-inclusive activities, social events, and educational programs, Arbour Square offers diverse options for creative pursuits and favorite pastimes. Delicious chef-prepared meals are served daily. Learn more by visiting www.ArbourSquare.com or call 267-677-1200.


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Verena at Bedford Falls treated with MicroShield 360 antimicrobial coating

Verena at Bedford Falls Treated with MicroShield 360 Antimicrobial Coating

Verena at Bedford Falls Independent Living Community Treated with MicroShield 360 Antimicrobial Coating

RALEIGH, N.C.Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Verena at Bedford Falls, part of the True Connection Communities (“TCC”) family, announced today that the community has been treated with MicroShield 360’s two-step antimicrobial coating system that kills a broad spectrum of pathogens and viruses, including SARS CoV-2 (the specific coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease), and protects from cross-contamination, odors, and mold between cleanings. TCC is the first senior housing operator to contract with MicroShield 360 to add this extra layer of protection against contamination by viruses in its communities.

MicroShield 360 is a unique coating system that incorporates an initial application of MicroShield 360 Renew, a hospital grade disinfectant, followed by the application of a long-lasting coating that is bacteriostatic, fungistatic, and algistatic. The MicroShield 360 coating system is EPA registered and FDA approved for direct food contact surfaces; it is odorless, colorless, and non-leaching and works every second of every day.

“Utilizing the MicroShield 360 antimicrobial treatment as an extra layer of protection in our communities will help ensure that our current and prospective residents feel safe and secure,” says Jim Pusateri, Chief Executive Officer of TCC. “We have continued to prioritize the health and safety of our residents and team members throughout the pandemic and have taken preventive measures beyond those required by government and health authorities to help protect everyone in our communities.”

About Verena at Bedford Falls

Verena at Bedford Falls is an Independent Senior Living Community in Raleigh, North Carolina, ideally situated in a quiet neighborhood surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings, nearby shopping, and delicious dining options. With large, spacious apartments, exquisite chef-prepared meals, and all-inclusive activities and services, Verena at Bedford Falls is designed for seniors seeking an active and engaged lifestyle. Learn more by visiting www.VerenaAtBedfordFalls.com or call 919-846-7216.


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Verena at the Glen, Reserve treated with MicroShield 360 antimicrobial coating

Verena at the Glen, Reserve Treated with MicroShield 360 Antimicrobial Coating

Verena at the Glen and Verena at the Reserve Treat Communities with MicroShield 360 Antimicrobial Coating to Help Protect Residents and Guests

RICHMOND, Va. and WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Verena at the Glen and Verena at the Reserve, part of the True Connection Communities (“TCC”) family, announced today that the communities have been treated with MicroShield 360’s two-step antimicrobial coating system that kills a broad spectrum of pathogens and viruses, including SARS CoV-2 (the specific coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease), and protects from cross-contamination, odors, and mold between cleanings. TCC is the first senior housing operator to contract with MicroShield 360 to add this extra layer of protection against contamination by viruses in its communities.

MicroShield 360 is a unique coating system that incorporates an initial application of MicroShield 360 Renew, a hospital grade disinfectant, followed by the application of a long-lasting coating that is bacteriostatic, fungistatic, and algistatic. The MicroShield 360 coating system is EPA registered and FDA approved for direct food contact surfaces; it is odorless, colorless, and non-leaching and works every second of every day.

“Utilizing the MicroShield 360 antimicrobial treatment as an extra layer of protection in our communities will help ensure that our current and prospective residents feel safe and secure,” says Jim Pusateri, Chief Executive Officer of TCC. “We have continued to prioritize the health and safety of our residents and team members throughout the pandemic and have taken preventive measures beyond those required by government and health authorities to help protect everyone in our communities.”

About Verena at the Glen and Verena at the Reserve

Verena at the Glen (located in Glen Allen, Virginia) and Verena at the Reserve (located in Williamsburg, Virginia) are Independent Living Communities designed for seniors seeking an active and engaged lifestyle. With educational programs, fitness and wellness programs, music performances, theater trips, and social events, Verena residents enjoy life to the fullest. Creative, chef-prepared dishes made with the freshest seasonal ingredients make on-site dining something to savor. Learn more by visiting www.VerenaAtTheGlen.com or www.VerenaAtTheReserve.com.


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True Connection Communities engages MicroShield 360 to treat communities

True Connection Communities Engages MicroShield 360

True Connection Communities is First Senior Housing Operator to Treat Communities with MicroShield 360 Antimicrobial Coating

CLEARWATER, Fla., Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — True Connection Communities (“TCC”) announced today that it has engaged MicroShield 360 to treat its portfolio of 11 high-quality active adult and independent living communities, containing over 1,800 units across six states, with MicroShield 360’s two-step antimicrobial coating system that kills a broad spectrum of pathogens and viruses, including SARS CoV-2 (the specific coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease), and protects from cross-contamination, odors, and mold between cleanings. TCC is the first senior housing operator to contract with MicroShield 360 to add this extra layer of protection against contamination by viruses in its communities.

MicroShield 360 is a unique coating system that incorporates an initial application of MicroShield 360 Renew, a hospital grade disinfectant, followed by the application of a long-lasting coating that is bacteriostatic, fungistatic, and algistatic. The MicroShield 360 coating system is EPA registered and FDA approved for direct food contact surfaces; it is odorless, colorless, and non-leaching and works every second of every day.

“Utilizing the MicroShield 360 antimicrobial treatment as an extra layer of protection in our communities will help ensure that our current and prospective residents feel safe and secure,” says Jim Pusateri, Chief Executive Officer of TCC. “We have continued to prioritize the health and safety of our residents and team members throughout the pandemic and have taken preventive measures beyond those required by government and health authorities to help protect everyone in our communities.”

About True Connection Communities

True Connection Communities operates a high-quality portfolio of 11 active adult and independent living communities, containing over 1,800 units, located in key markets across the country to meet the growing needs of older Americans seeking an active and engaged lifestyle. At True Connection Communities, our residents discover the freedom to connect more closely with family and friends, engage in exciting new adventures, and are inspired to explore a whole new way of life. To learn more, visit www.TrueConnectionCommunities.com.


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Verena at the Glen Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday

Verena at the Glen Resident Turns 100 Years Old

Verena at the Glen, an Independent Living Community in Glen Allen, Virginia, celebrated resident Laura Thomas Rice on July 14 as she turned 100 years old.


Verena at the Glen resident turns 100 years old

Laura was born in Alton, Va. on July 14, 1920, and is one of eight children, according to her family. Laura and her late husband, William Earl Thomas, moved to Oak Ridge, Tenn., in 1953. Laura was an active member of Oak Ridge Central Baptist Church from 1953 through 2017. Ten years subsequent to the death of her late husband, Laura married Walter Wilburn Rice who is also now deceased.

In late 2017, she moved to Verena at the Glen, an independent living facility located in Glen Allen, Va., to be closer to her family.

Laura was an officer in the Order of the Eastern Star in Oak Ridge. She and her late husband, Earl, were Field Directors of the National Campers and Hikers Association. They also enjoyed square dancing. Laura was also a volunteer at the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge for many years.

Laura loves to travel and has been to 16 countries. She is currently an active participant in activities at Verena at the Glen. She is an avid reader and enjoys art. Laura has a daughter, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren who live in Virginia and Tennessee. She also has a deceased son.

When Laura was asked for her secret to living to be 100 years old, and looking as young and beautiful as she does, she replied, “I don’t know the secret to living to be 100 years old, I just trusted in God and kept going.”

Original source: https://www.columbiadailyherald.com/news/20200715/laura-thomas-rice-celebrates-100th-birthday


You’ll love coming home to your independent living, garden apartment in Verena at the Glen in Glen Allen, Virginia. Our homelike community is where you can build new friendships and enjoy your retirement. For more information, visit www.VerenaAtTheGlen.com or call 804-261-1100.

Arbour Square of Harleysville Celebrates with Extraordinary Car Parade

Celebrating Seniors

Mother’s Day is always a big day for celebration at Arbour Square of Harleysville, an Independent Living Community in beautiful Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. With the COVID-19 pandemic putting the brakes on many social activities throughout the senior living industry, Arbour Square stepped up to provide its residents who are mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, etc.—and their families—with a special day that won’t be forgotten.

Taking inspiration from car parades seen on social media, Arbour Square team members invited their residents’ family members to get creative and decorate their cars and join a drive-by parade on May 9 to show the Arbour Square community of seniors how much they are loved and appreciated.

Plans for the event were laid quickly but precisely, with proper social distancing and other guidelines put in place to protect everyone at the community, as well as family members. Initially, the team expected about 25 to 30 cars to participate in the parade, which would loop around Arbour Square’s large tree-lined campus and allow residents to watch the procession of cars from their apartment windows—a good thing, as heavy winds were forecasted for that day.

A Show Like No Other

The day of the parade, Melissa Crouse, Arbour Square’s Joy Director, and fellow team member Patty Toal went through the final logistics and prep, which included prominently displaying signs and setting cones to clearly mark the route. The team had previously given families instructions to meet up at 1:30PM in the parking lot behind the community to decorate, or finish decorating, their cars and begin lining up behind the Arbour Square van, which would set the pace and lead the way.

At around 1:00PM, Melissa and Patty were placing the last cones when the first car pulled in with an adult child of a mother who lives at Arbour Square. “I thought, and said aloud, that she must have wanted to be the first in line,” says Melissa with a laugh. “Little did I know that the cars would continue to roll in nonstop, one after another.”

As the cars continued making their way to the parking lot, Melissa went inside the community to make sure the residents were ready and making their way to their windows. “When I returned to the parking lot at about 1:45PM, cars were spilling out of the parking lot and causing a traffic jam at Walmart,” she says. “And I was blown away by the creativity. We had cars with balloons, cars with signs, streamers, flags—you name it, we had it. We even had a decked-out Philly firetruck turn up to show some love!”

When Pat, the van driver leading the course, was ready to pull out, he looked in his rearview mirror and could not see an end to the cars behind him, relaying how incredible it made him feel about being part of such a big and important event. After completing the first loop around the campus, Pat circled back to the waiting area because the last cars in line had not yet hit the official parade route. The team stopped counting after 100 vehicles.

Melissa says with emotion, “It was truly astonishing to see the turnout. We had so many family members who wanted to take the time to send their love to our residents. All generations were represented—adult children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were waving pom poms, playing music, singing, and shouting Happy Mother’s Day to every lady they saw. I’m pretty sure everyone forgot about the cold and wind.”

Love and Gratitude

Arbour Square Executive Director Mimi Kehan says it was one of the best family events she’s seen at the community in her 11 years as Executive Director there. “The cars, trucks, bikes came streaming in, each one decorated more beautifully than the last,” she says with emotion. “It was clear that everyone was full of love for our residents. We honked and screamed and laughed and cried all through the four times around the building. It was a blast.”

Days and weeks later, the notes of gratitude from residents and families were still coming in. What is clear from the comments is that residents and families were blown away by such a joyful and creative way to connect with loved ones, with some brought to tears by being able to see, if only from a window, family at a time when social isolation is the new normal.

Father’s Day is now coming up, and the team at Arbour Square is already putting plans in place to match their Mother’s Day parade, and they are excited and ready to make it happen again. After all, residents and families won’t be expecting anything less.


 

Experience the small-town atmosphere that makes Arbour Square in Harleysville, Pennsylvania, feel like home. The inviting independent living community is situated on a scenic, 22-acre campus in beautiful Montgomery County and is known for their hospitality and genuine warmth of their team members.

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A Woman Painting Colorful Hearts on the Window of Pine Ridge of Garfield Senior Living House

Michigan Senior Living Community Gives Residents Hope

Independent Living Community Pine Ridge of Garfield was recently featured in the news for their inspiring message to residents and other seniors. 

Clinton Township senior community makes rainbows over Michigan

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published April 20, 2020

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In a time of uncertainty, staffers and residents at a local senior living community are offering hope.

Pine Ridge of Garfield, located just south of Moravian Drive, wants the community to know that small acts of kindness go a long way. Recently, that has involved rainbows and a colorful message for others not to give up.

Joy director Samantha Bruce said staffers and residing seniors got involved as part of “Rainbows over Michigan.” A Facebook group was created March 21 to spread the message of art by way of rainbows, created from different mediums such as tempura paint, chalk markers, washable paint, acrylic paint and soap and water, and homemade chalk and paint.

As of April 18, the group had nearly 195,000 members and over 10,000 posts were created for members to show off their specific works.

“We know that after the toughest storms comes the brightest rainbows,” Bruce said.

The community’s staff has painted the building’s front windows with rainbow hearts, while residents have decorated their doors with rainbows.

Also, Pine Ridge of Garfield is providing any senior with a homemade, washable mask if he or she needs one. They just have to call (586) 723-0000 and a mask will be mailed.

“These beautiful reminders of hope and beauty have really encouraged our staff and residents to keep pushing on during such a challenging time,” Bruce said.

Original Source: https://www.candgnews.com/news/clinton-township-senior-community-makes-rainbows-over-michigan-117501 


After the article ran, the supervisor at Clinton Township reached out to Pine Ridge of Garfield to secure face masks for seniors in Clinton Township who needed to use the smart bus for transportation but could not do so without a face mask.


The Pine Ridge of Garfield Difference

At Pine Ridge of Garfield in Clinton Township, Michigan, you will find a thriving independent living campus. With leafy trees and picturesque courtyards, it’s a community where residents and team members care for one another and form close bonds. This supportive environment allows residents to feel comfortable and at home. Call 586-723-0000 for more information.