April 15th Update
We have a ray of sunshine to share this week. Aegis Living Marymoor, our community that was most impacted, has gone through healing and as of today has no diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the community. In fact, we can share today that Aegis Living is free of confirmed cases of the virus in all 32 of its communities along the West Coast. It is a momentum we’re tirelessly working to maintain jointly with over 2,000 residents and 2,500 teammates.
While proud of this recovery, we recognize that the virus remains prominent in cities and states nationwide, thus, we remain vigilant in all our protection practices for our vulnerable population. All communities continue to have residents remain safely in their apartments, complying with local stay-at-home orders. We are safely allowing residents to get movement outdoors and needed fresh air through accompanied outdoor walks but continue to practice physical distancing guidelines, use of masks and sanitation practices to protect the health and well-being of residents and staff.
We are grateful for the support from families and our residents as we ask them to make sacrifices for the resident’s protection. And we are immensely proud of our staff on the front lines of protection as they demonstrate what adhering to Aegis protocols can do to support resident health. All the while, they show up every day with high spirits and big smiles.
This weekend we welcomed one of our seasonal essential service workers, the Easter Bunny.
We would be remiss not to note that during these uncertain times, this past week’s festivities were a great way to safely connect through new forms of celebration, decorating, crafts, and worship. The joy of springtime, Easter, and Passover was felt throughout all of our communities. Easter egg hunts during walks in the sunshine, making tulip bouquets, and photos with the Easter Bunny all brought smiles and fond memories. And some family members left loving messages and chalk drawings in the parking lot for their loved ones to see.
Meanwhile, our new initiative, Seattle Seniors Strong, has raised nearly $25,000 toward its goal! Founded by Aegis Living and the Clark Family Foundation, our initiative was formed to help seniors who are homeless, homebound, or simply too afraid to leave their homes during the threat of COVID-19. Through May 31, 2020, all donations from businesses and individuals will be matched dollar-for-dollar, with a goal of $100,000 to support Sound Generations and the Pike Market Senior Center. Learn more about how you can get involved at SeattleSeniorsStrong.com.