Oh, what a year it has been!
Fifteen months under the cloud of COVID-19.
Will the world ever be the same . . . Who knows? I will tell you
what I do know, and that is people are far more resilient and
able to rise to the challenge than they might imagine. And by
people, I specifically mean Eskaton’s employees, residents, and
Senior living communities were probably the most impacted by the
response to the pandemic; mandatory testing, quarantines,
lock-downs, and visitation restrictions.
Month after month we endured, until finally a vaccine was
approved. By the one-year anniversary of COVID-19, the majority
of our staff and residents were vaccinated. Positive cases fell
off a cliff; the vaccinations worked.
So, what did we learn?
We have heard many of our community teams comment that they are a
tighter knit group and more committed than ever to our mission to
provide care to seniors. Our residents and families are reunited
and tears of happiness are flowing. Some infection control
practices will benefit us all in the future, and we learned the
true meaning of “We’re all in this together”.
This was not the first storm Eskaton has weathered in its 50+
years, and it will not be the last.
We learn, we remember, and we become a stronger organization for
In my more reflective moments, I find that I am extremely
grateful to work in the aging services field and in the nonprofit