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, tech support, health care available 24/7 if needed 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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We really appreciated having our friends so near to us, just down the hall. It made a difficult situation so much better. And it was so nice to have someone keeping on top of all the protocols for safety.”

Dave and Sheryl Gattey, Piedmont Gardens residents

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I couldn’t have been in my former home during this crisis. Here I always have immediate access to a friendly face in the garden at any time of the day, and I feel supported in knowing we have healthcare staff on-site. I feel safe all the time.”

Jane Gill, Piedmont Gardens 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, Piedmont Gardens resident

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I love communal living at Piedmont Gardens during the pandemic — lunch and dinner arrive at my door, the balcony dining, all kinds of Zoom programs, from exercise to meditation. Plus we get to know each other in a meaningful way.”

Helen Rubardt, Piedmont Gardens resident

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The Bay Area sky is filled with harmony emanating from Piedmont Gardens residents singing from their balconies every Wednesday led by the Hootenanny Quartet. During the pandemic this weekly concert has lifted our spirits. We are family.”

Vangie Canonizado Buell, Piedmont Gardens resident and Hootenanny Leader

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We moved in six months before the pandemic hit and we are so glad we made the move when we did. We have found the residents here to be most friendly and helpful. In addition, we are continually pleased that the staff is so responsive and friendly. Not only are we grateful to be here, but our families are as too.”

Connie & Bob Hosemann, Piedmont Gardens residents

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Thank goodness my wife and I moved to Piedmont Gardens in Spring 2019. Ellen receives excellent care in the Skilled Nursing Center, and I visit her frequently without having to go outdoors. I feel safe and secure, privileged actually, to reside in this superb community.”

Allen Rubin, Piedmont Gardens resident

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A Message From our Executive Director

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

Life Plan Community vs. Nursing Home

A Life Plan Community (also known as a continuing care retirement community or CCRC) is a community for older adults that offers—on one campus—both independent living residences and any type of care that may be needed (e.g., assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing care).

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 Life Plan Communities such as ours, a nonprofit organization where many residents live independently, have fared much better in keeping residents safe.

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“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

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.

Lastly, our clinical teams have been available to respond around-the-clock in the event that someone has felt ill.

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.

Since June, with the greater availability of testing, we have started widespread testing of residents and team members. Regular testing will be a key strategy moving forward so that we can isolate any positive cases and mitigate the spread of the virus.

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-markIf 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—from shopping to medical help to fixing the air conditioning—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 Piedmont Gardens a nursing home?

Piedmont Gardens is not a nursing home. We are a Life Plan Community, where the majority of our residents live independently. We offer—on one campus—both independent living residences and any type of care that may be needed (e.g., assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing care). 

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 Piedmont 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. 

We know how important it is to feel some sense of control over what comes next, which is why we encourage you to explore all of the options available to you. Whatever questions you may have about Life Plan Community living, we’re ready to talk whenever you are.