The Nest | Vol. 1, Iss. 2

It’s often the seemingly smallest acts of kindness that make the biggest impact.

Red Carpet Moments

SAM, ACCOUNT REP. V i ko r Sc i ent i f i c

SOPHIE, CULINARY AIDE

LORI, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Edencrest at Riverwoods

A rcad i an Cove

In the early stages of the pandemic, Jaybird Senior Living partnered with Vikor Scientific, an organization dedicated to properly detecting emerging pathogens like coronavirus with a validated COVID-19 test. These tests are noninvasive, rapid, and accurate. The collaboration has led to consistent availability of the testing supplies needed for residents and teammembers alike. Testing regularly with Vikor Scientific tests have detected the COVID-19 virus early and allowed JSL property leadership to act quickly, mitigating negative outcomes. Sam Schooley, Account Representative with Vikor Scientific, has been invaluable in assisting Directors and Health Care Coordinators in Communities where coronavirus has been detected. She has spent countless days conducting COVID tests shoulder-to-shoulder with JSL teammembers. Thank you for helping JSL keep residents and employees safe, Sam!

Sophie was working at Arcadian Cove as a Culinary Aide at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was graduating from high school and was told there would be no graduation. No graduation meant she would not have the opportunity to walk across a stage at a formal ceremony with her family and friends in attendance. Arcadian Cove teammembers and residents felt Sopie’s disappointment in not being able to receive her diploma with the customary fanfare she so deserved. In an effort to recognize Sophie and her accomplishment, Cris Sexton, Director, worked diligently to plan a socially- distanced event complete with a cap and gown, commencement program, music, a representative from the school system to present the diploma, a Zoom call for Sophie’s loved ones and, of course, food. Sophie was so surprised and beamed with pride in the company of her loved ones, residents, and coworkers!

The COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts are far-reaching, but Lori Overton, Assistant Director at Edencrest at Riverwoods, has demonstrated exemplary innovation, compassion, and resiliency to inspire and protect her residents and coworkers. In an effort to make the holiday season as festive as possible, Lori created a “Riverwoods North Pole,” completely transforming the Community’s common areas into a festive wonderland. Residents are able to write letters to Santa with their Christmas wishes and, with the help of a little holiday magic, the Riverwoods team is planning to make as many wishes come true through their Dare to Dream program. Lori shares, “We are working very hard to give our residents the best holiday season possible filled with love, compassion, laughs, and fun. Since I cannot be with my family, I just want to make every day special for our residents who are my family.” Thank you, Lori!

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