Seniors’ communities have been the focus of much media attention due to the damage done by COVID-19. Many seniors’ residences have been slow to react to the changes that these times require and their senior residents have, unfortunately, suffered the worst from these decisions. Some have acted swiftly by putting extremely safe precautionary practices in place and they deserve just as much attention.
One retirement residence right here in Richmond has managed to fend off COVID-19 while providing entertainment, joy and, most importantly, hope to its 130 plus residents. Nestled between the Fraser River and the Strait of Georgia waterways, Gilmore Gardens enjoys beautiful views of coastal mountain ranges, plenty of park space, plus shopping and restaurants close by. Built in 1999, Gilmore Gardens Retirement Residence is an icon within the community and known for its elegant architecture, quality, comfort and warmth. But really it is the people, residents, and staff alike, that make this independent senior living community truly special.
What has made the Gilmore Gardens experience so different? Staff have not only adjusted to these uncertain times, but they have thrived. Residents have enjoyed services such as Happy Hour drink deliveries at their doors, regular puzzles, brain games and at-home exercises. The bubbly life enrichment staff have thrilled residents with door side birthday celebrations and gifts to celebrate special holidays.
The efforts of staff have not gone unnoticed as residents and their families have gone out of their way to write kind letters, bring them flower bouquets and even bring some homemade goodies. Gilmore Gardens is now moving into its next phase of easing restrictions with the reintroduction of in-person exercise classes and the return of lunch and dinner services in its main dining room with ample physical distancing. Gilmore Gardens has truly been a great example of how to take on and endure in a time of crisis.
General Manager, Mirandah Sinden, who credits the Gilmore Gardens team for what she thinks has made Gilmore Gardens a true success story in these unprecedented times says “We are so thankful for the diligence and dedication of our staff, residents, family and friends to keep everyone healthy and safe. “
Contrary to popular belief, retirement residences are safe places to be in times like this. Retirement communities like Gilmore Gardens have procedures in place that limit the number of people coming and going. They also have better access to PPE, food, and other necessities than the general public.
Written by Yathu Radhakrishnan, Community Relations Coordinator, Gilmore Gardens Retirement Residence
Call Gilmore Gardens today to learn more about what they do to make life during COVID-19 joyful and inspiring for its many senior residents.
Get in touch with:
Lynn Van de Kamp -Assistant General Manager
Yathu Radhakrishnan – Community Relations Coordinator
at (604) 271-7222
or Arrange your visit: http://www.verveseniorliving.com/gilmore-gardens/book-a-tour/