SPECIAL COVERAGE ON THE CORONAVIRUS
Memory Care Facility helps bridge the gap between family and loved ones who have been cut off by COVID
By Hingham Current Staff, July 22, 2020
Pictures from "Sweet Summer Celebration on Wednesday, July 22 [Hingham Current photos/Greg Lane]
The pandemic has shut the doors of Hingham schools, restaurants and other businesses; however, the disruption caused by the crisis has arguably been felt most acutely at senior care facilities, specifically those that cater to the memory-impaired. Lack of communication over a period of time can be stressful to anyone, but the absence of contact between families and their loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia can be devastating, say memory care professionals at Bridges by EPOCH.
In order to make every day sweeter for seniors with memory loss in the Hingham Area, Bridges hosted a "Sweet Summer Celebration" on Wednesday afternoon outside of their facility on Sgt. William B. Terry Drive across from the Hingham Shipyard. It is part of their monthly community outreach series. “We’re very excited to welcome visitors back to Bridges – safely, of course! – with this fun afternoon for residents, families, friends and senior services professionals,” said Leslie Delaney, Senior Advisor at Bridges by EPOCH. “We know it’s been a difficult time for local small businesses, too, so we’re also thrilled to support Nona’s Homemade Ice Cream Truck with this event.”
Guests were invited to wear masks when not eating and cool down on the lawn in a socially-distanced way with complimentary ice cream from Nona’s Homemade Ice Cream Truck. The celebration also featured a candy station, popcorn and bubble machines, and hula hooping. "They're really wonderful people," said John MacNeil. "These social events help bridge gap between families and loved ones."
Alicia Seaver, Vice President of memory care operations was on hand to share how events such as these, in combination with Bridges by EPOCH’s programming helps residents maximize their independence in a secure, calm and purposefully designed environment. "This is a challenging time for our residents who are somewhat isolated, not able to see their families like they're used to," said Seaver. "Family caregivers can count on Bridges for expert programming based on years of experience and research."