It has been 3 weeks since we have been in self isolation mode in our residential homes. With the exception of walks in our community and the odd Tim’s drive through we have been maintaining a distance from others in our community. Everyone is healthy and there have been no concerns of exposure to Covid-19 virus by either our staff or people supported at this time. I think we have been fortunate to practice our social distancing long before there was community spread. We are all settling into a rhythm while we patiently wait for this to pass.
Our staff is doing a tremendous job supporting people in this difficult time. There have even been days when staff has described their shift as magical. The routines and rhythms of the homes are a bit different than normal, but somehow in these very challenging times, it allows for a different kind of interaction. Individuals understand what their new normal is, and have in fact been doing remarkably well. We are very proud of both people supported for adjusting so well to the restrictions on their lives and of our staff who are coming to work each day to support them.
On behalf of all the staff at BPACL, I would like to extend warm wishes for your Easter/Passover weekend. I know it will be difficult to not have the opportunity to gather with family and friends as we have done in past years, and I know it will be difficult to not celebrate with your family member who lives in one of our supported homes. Please make use of technology if that is helpful, facetime and zoom gatherings, though not the same as being in the same room, sure helps provide the feeling of togetherness.
Please know that our staff will work very hard to celebrate the weekend in these unusual times. I understand that the Easter Bunny has been declared an essential worker, which is so great for all the little ones out there.
Best Wishes to you and your family.
Michele Bell, Executive Director BPACL