The art of resiliency

Tested in recent years, Houstonians are adept at overcoming

Created date

July 14th, 2020
Carol and Philip Peter are seen here, smiling for a photo, in the hallway of a building at Eagle's Trace

Carol and Philip Peter moved to Eagle’s Trace after their Meyerland home was flooded by Hurricane Harvey. Eagle’s Trace was a safe and comfortable haven during the stay-at-home orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

For Philip and Carol Peter, the past three years have been marked with change. In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey flooded the couple’s Meyerland home, forcing them to temporarily relocate to an apartment near the Houston Medical Center.

“We were already planning to move to Eagle’s Trace [the Erickson Living-managed community in West Houston] when our home flooded,” said Philip, a retired neurosurgeon. “Ultimately, we ended up moving to Eagle’s Trace earlier than anticipated.”

Despite the tough circumstances surrounding their move, it didn’t take long for Philip and Carol to embrace a new lifestyle at Eagle’s Trace. They enjoyed happy hours with friends and neighbors, participated in the community’s more than 100 resident-run clubs and activities, and relished the freedom to lock their door and leave whenever they felt like traveling.

Coronavirus Pandemic: Another Challenge

In March 2020, concerns about the escalating spread of COVID-19 required residents to stay at home after shelter-in-place mandates were issued by state and local leaders. Once the leadership team asked residents to stay in their apartments, operations at Eagle’s Trace changed swiftly. Staff assumed new roles such as delivering meals, mailing packages, and bringing essential items to residents.

Through it all, Philip and Carol relied on the same qualities during the quarantine that helped them cope with Harvey’s devastation.

“You have to deal with life’s setbacks as they come and make the best of them,” said Philip. “I think that’s what you see here at Eagle’s Trace. We’re a population that’s lived through enough to know that ups and downs are part of life. When it’s hard, you buckle in and wait for better times.”

Resiliency and hope were the touchstones that kept residents and staff working together and moving forward in the face of unprecedented challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

“I’m thankful for the patience, flexibility, and understanding of everyone who lives and works at Eagle’s Trace,” said Executive Director Stephen Aigner. “We’ve been in unique situations in recent years, first with Hurricane Harvey three years ago, and now with the coronavirus threat. Our team continues to do an amazing job under difficult circumstances.”

Successful Stay-at-Home Experience

As staff adapted to new roles outside the scope of their normal responsibilities, residents adjusted to the new normal, finding ways to stay connected while physically separated.

“The technical advances we’ve enjoyed over the past 30 years are still here,” said Philip. “They’re not removed because of the coronavirus.”

Philip and Carol enjoyed virtual five o’clock happy hours with friends using FaceTime. They found three new television series to watch. And with the benefit of 53 years of marriage, they knew how to balance togetherness and alone time.

“We’ve been married a long time,” said Philip. “I’ve learned that when Carol’s enjoying a book, I’ll spend some time on the internet. We know how important it is to respect each other’s down time.”

As for the staff’s response, the couple shared that they’re in good hands.“Having come in after Harvey, the consideration given us by the administration was fantastic,” remarked Philip. “Their response this time has been the same. Every single measure they implemented was for our benefit. That gives us a lot of comfort, because we know our health and welfare are uppermost in their minds.”

All across Erickson Living communities, residents and staff banded together, taking extraordinary steps to protect the health and safety of loved ones, friends, neighbors, and caregivers. After all, it’s the Erickson Way to get through challenges together and emerge better, stronger, and closer than ever before! 

Peace of Mind Through Erickson Living

Sharon Francis also moved to Eagle’s Trace after her home of 25 years in Houston’s Bear Creek Village neighborhood flooded during Hurricane Harvey.

“With Harvey, I felt like the rug had been taken out from under me,” said Sharon. “At Eagle’s Trace, I feel like I’m on a solid foundation. There’s a group of people looking out for me and taking care of me.”

And while Sharon said she drew on the same qualities of strength and perseverance in both instances, she mentioned the peace of mind she experienced at Eagle’s Trace sustained her through the stay-at-home experience.

“Harvey was the worst experience,” said Sharon. “Being quarantined didn’t seem nearly as bad by comparison.” She praised the administration’s response for making this experience so positive.

“Management has exceeded my expectations,” she said. “They’re always one step ahead of what needs to be done. Not only that, they’ve thought of everything they can to make us feel more comfortable and restore as much of our lives as they can to normal. This is the best place to be in these circumstances.”

With three decades of expertise trailblazing senior living, it’s not surprising that dedicated staff took necessary coronavirus precautions – going above and beyond to ensure the safety and well-being of residents – just one aspect of the Erickson difference!

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