Worldwide, the arrival of COVID-19 ushered in the advent of a new "normal," complete with carefully thought-out safety precautions and protocols.

Jim Windgardner is the executive director of Devonshire at PGA National. He's seen here, wearing glasses and sweater.

In the recent article “A leader’s guide: communicating with teams, stakeholders, and communities during COVID-19,” international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company stresses the importance of communication in addressing the desire for transparency and guidance during times of crisis.

An image of the outdoor landscaping and the building architecture. The building is painted in natural colors and there are palm trees every few feet.

Benjamin Franklin once famously remarked, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

For Enrique Santiago, the security and emergency services manager at Devonshire, an Erickson Living community at PGA National, preparedness is the key to keeping the entire community—residents and staff —safe and secure.

A photo of the master bedroom in the Ashton floor plan. The bedspread is white with a dark green blanket across the bottom. The lamps on both sides of the bed are lit. The floor is a blond hardwood.

“Every day I’m asked, ‘What is your most popular apartment home,’” says Devonshire Director of Sales Kathy McCrossin. “But that is an impossible question to answer because each home meets different needs, preferences, and budgets.

Lining the sidewalks, Devonshire community members enjoyed a car parade of family and friends sharing words and expressions of love and encouragement.

Throughout the COVID-19 shelter-at-home directive, staff members at Devonshire, an Erickson Living community at PGA National, have searched for meaningful ways to bring enjoyment to the people who live there while strengthening strong community bonds.

Resident Services Manager Marty Bores is dedicated to serving Devonshire's community throughout COVID-19. He's seen here standing behind a table covered with bags of items to be delivered. He is wearing a mask and gloves.

One of the many unexpected results of the recent coronavirus pandemic is a renewed look at priorities and a reevaluation of what is most important in our lives. For most, this is a time to reflect on the importance of our health while strengthening personal bonds.

Nancy Levine enjoying the porch of her Ashton apartment home.  Behind her is a lush courtyard fully of palm trees.

Moving to Devonshire five years ago, native New Yorker Nancy Levine couldn’t be happier with her decision. 

A modern kitchen with granite countertops and a tile backsplash.

Devonshire staff and residents make the best of a challenging situation

“Across our family of communities, residents and staff are taking extraordinary steps to protect the health and safety of our loved ones, friends, neighbors, and caregivers,” says Erickson Living CEO R. Alan Butler, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Every month, Devonshire’s resident jazz ensemble plays in the lounge. Here, neighbors are seen sitting at tables, watching their friends perform.

According to a recent study by the Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging and Northwestern University, “Those who live in continuing care retirement communities have greater levels of wellness than older adults in home-based settings due to the abundance of social interaction.”