A Focus on Safety

We’re happy and grateful to share with you that, with strict protocols and many precautions, our community created a feeling of sanctuary for our residents over the past several months.

And you can rest assured knowing that our highest priority will continue to be the health, safety and happiness of our residents and team members.

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Support From a Caring Team

The dominant sentiment shared by our residents is that they have never felt alone in having to navigate this crisis.

Rather, they’ve had the support of our well-trained, caring team members working to provide them with everything they need—including in-home meal delivery, shopping and errand services, virtual ways to stay engaged and more.

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Living Among Friends

Of course, stay-at-home orders have been hard for everyone, no matter where you live. However, our residents feel that living among close friends and neighbors has significantly reduced their social isolation

A sense of connectedness prevailed as friends stayed in touch via phone and email, waved and chatted from a safe distance on campus and saw one another during virtual events.

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What Residents and Their Families Are Saying

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Grand Lake Gardens is a family. A very friendly and caring place.”

Gayle Essex, Grand Lake Gardens resident

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One of the things I respect most is the way our leadership has handled this crisis. They were very strong in providing information to use residents and creating activities to keep us busy and healthy.”

Tom Moss, Grand Lake Gardens resident

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In my prior home, I would have felt way more isolated. Here, any need that we have—from shopping, to medical help, to fixing the air conditioning—is just a phone call away.”

Cathy Self, HumanGood resident

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Here I always have immediate access to a friendly face in the garden at any time of the day. I couldn’t have been in my former home during this crisis. Here I feel safe all the time.”

Jane Gill, HumanGood resident

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In these difficult times, the close personal friendships that we have formed here are a true gift. I wouldn't be anywhere else.”

Sheila Brody, HumanGood resident

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I appreciate all that the staff has been doing to keep residents and their families updated on everything going on in the community. The transparency is truly appreciated and shows the high integrity of the organization.”

Linda Johnson, daughter of a HumanGood resident

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The family atmosphere and the feeling of connection continue here even during COVID-19."

Boyd Cline, HumanGood resident

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What better place to be under these circumstances? I can’t imagine how I would handle this isolation crisis back in my former big, two-story house. So glad to be here!”

Luretta Haire, HumanGood resident

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I talk to Mom daily, and she is confident and doing well because she feels she is part of a group looking out for each other. It sounds like the dining services delivery has worked well, and she even said her grocery delivery was successful. Thank you for all that you do!”

Dianne Chandler, daughter of a HumanGood resident

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I can’t think of a better place to be. This virus has brought out the absolute best in all of the team members. God bless all of you.”

William Clem, HumanGood resident

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The team members go above and beyond. Self-quarantine was not how anyone wanted to live, but we are surrounded by neighbors who have become like family.”

Phyllis Dorricott, HumanGood resident

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Frequently Asked Questions

What precautions have been taken to combat COVID-19?

In March, we took early and aggressive steps in order to safeguard the health of our residents, including:

  • Screening all team members and essential visitors upon entry.
  • Canceling all group events.
  • Switching to in-home dining.
  • Heightening our infection control protocols.
  • Cleaning common areas even more frequently.
  • Ensuring ample supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Requiring physical distancing and that masks be worn on campus.
  • Providing personal shopping and errand services.

Additionally, during these past few months, we have followed public health requirements to restrict visitors. As visitors are allowed back on campus, we remain vigilant about screening, mask usage, hand sanitizing, physical distancing and limiting gathering sizes.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit our newsroom.

What is the plan moving forward?

Moving forward, we will be allowing more visitation on campus and gradually reinstating communal activities such as dining together, group activities and classes. All of this will be done in close cooperation with state and local public health officials. Please keep in mind that we may have to revert to temporarily restricting certain amenities and visitation on campus depending on several factors, including the number of positive cases in the local area and possible cases within our community.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit our newsroom.

How do you prevent social isolation?

Stay-at-home orders have been hard for everyone, no matter where you live. And like everyone else, our residents have had to deal with much less social contact. But the opinion expressed by most of our residents is that they have experienced less social isolation here than they might have in their prior homes.

For starters, spirits were buoyed by our Life Enrichment team members working hard to develop new, virtual ways to stay engaged.

In addition, our residents found camaraderie in living among close friends and neighbors during a time like this. The sense of connectedness on our campus prevailed as friends stayed in touch via phone and email; waved, smiled and chatted from a distance on campus; and saw one another during Zoom events.

pink-quote-mark“If I was still living in my former home, I would be really isolated. I need to know there are people around. Anytime I go to my garden box, I see 3-4 people to wave hello to. And there’s a group of us who meet, at a distance and following all the guidelines, on a large patio just to laugh and socialize and talk about something other than the virus.”
— Judy Lovell, HumanGood resident

pink-quote-markThe family atmosphere and the feeling of connection continue here even during COVID-19.”
— Boyd Cline, HumanGood resident

What have been the advantages of senior living communities during the pandemic?

It is possible to have the support, camaraderie and peace of mind that community living provides while also living in an environment designed to keep residents safe.

Here are two major advantages of senior living communities.

1. Support in staying safe

The dominant sentiment reported by our residents is that they have never felt alone in having to navigate this crisis. Rather, they have had the support of team members working to provide them with everything they need in order to stay safe and healthy in their homes.

And there has been comfort in knowing that those team members are screened daily for symptoms and are well-trained in infection control. There has been no worry about going grocery shopping, letting unscreened people into your home for upkeep or maintenance or getting meals delivered by someone you don’t know.

pink-quote-markIn my prior home, I would have felt way more isolated. Here, any need that we have is just a phone call away.”
— Cathy Self, HumanGood resident

2. Less social isolation 

The other opinion expressed by our residents is that they have experienced less social isolation than they might have in their prior homes.

Of course, stay-at-home orders have been hard for everyone, no matter where you live. But here, spirits were buoyed both by our Life Enrichment team members working hard to develop new, virtual ways to stay engaged and by the camaraderie of the residents themselves.

pink-quote-markThere’s a sense of solidarity. There’s a warmth and companionship from the other residents. We feel like we aren’t isolated."
— Julia Springer, HumanGood resident

Is Grand Lake Gardens a nursing home?

Grand Lake Gardens is not a nursing home. We are a community for older adults, where our residents live independently in their apartment homes. We offer an all-inclusive lifestyle that includes meal plans, housekeeping, all maintenance, classes and programs for the mind, body and spirit, and more.

With our high-quality protocols, training procedures and dedicated team members, we’re continuing to do everything we can to ensure the safety of our residents.

Is Grand Lake Gardens offering tours or accepting move-ins?

Yes, we are showing areas of our campuses as public health restrictions allow, and we are currently accepting move-ins. Custom-made video tours are also available. Please contact a sales counselor for more information. 

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It is possible to have the camaraderie and peace of mind that community living provides while living in an environment designed to keep residents safe.

Senior Living Community vs. Nursing Home

A senior living community like Grand Lake Gardens is a community for older adults living independently in their own apartment homes, with all-inclusive amenities such as meal plans, housekeeping, fitness classes and more.

While alarming stories about stand-alone skilled nursing facilities have dominated the news over the past few months, what has been less widely reported is that senior living communities such as ours, which is not for profit and where residents live independently, have fared much better in keeping residents safe.

“We can’t begin to count the ways that our A+ team members have stepped up their game during the COVID-19 crisis. Every department has met us with top-class service and, we believe, smiles behind their masks.”

George & Barbara Evans, HumanGood residents

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