Palm Beach Gardens, FL -- Throughout the COVID-19 shelter-at-home directive, staff members at Devonshire, an Erickson Living managed community at PGA National, have searched for meaningful ways to bring enjoyment to the people who live there while strengthening strong community bonds. Just days into the implementation of physical distancing measures, staff members creatively looked for ways to reach out to residents, including phone call bingo, virtual coffee hours, and online exercise classes and musical concerts.
"The outpouring of love from staff to our community members is heartwarming," says Resident Services Manager Marty Bores. "While many staff members work outside their typical roles to best meet the needs of our community, they do so with a generosity and love that is unmatched."
Mom's special treat
With an abundance of creativity, Bores and his staff ensured that all moms, both community members and staff, were celebrated on Mother's Day.
"We kicked off the special weekend with a virtual happy hour," says Bores. "We sent each mom a split of wine accompanied by a small box of cheese, crackers, and fruit."
Community members were then encouraged to open their doors, turn on the campus TV channel, and celebrate each other as music played. "
The happy hour was a great way of putting some normalcy into our not-so-normal life," says community member Judy Ruback.
"We are grateful for all the efforts and ingenuity and thankful to all who were a part of this special event."
Following the happy hour, the Resident Life team delivered over 300 orchids to every woman at Devonshire, accompanied by a card that read: "Whether to honor you as a mother or honor the mother that gave birth to you, we celebrate Mother's Day with you. Sincerely, Your Devonshire Family."
Rounding out the weekend's celebration, community members received a split of Prosecco and orange juice for mimosas on Mother's Day morning and a special, personally delivered dinner later in the day.
"We recognize that so many people are missing family members at this time," says Bores. "In addition to the efforts on campus to bring enjoyment to everyone, on the Saturday following Mother's Day, we organized a family and friends car parade."
Sitting six feet apart, Devonshire community members lined up on campus as their loved ones drove by, many with handmade signs, balloons, and flowers. "It was a wonderful day for everyone," says Bores.
Photo credit: Lining the sidewalks, Devonshire community members enjoyed a car parade of family and friends sharing words and expressions of love and encouragement.
About Devonshire at PGA National: Devonshire at PGA National, is one of 20 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living® and is situated on a scenic 28-acre campus on the grounds of prestigious PGA National. The community is located in Palm Beach County and is home to more than 350 community members. Additional information about Devonshire can be found at DevonshirePGA.com.
Written by Kelly A. Shue