Using tables with umbrellas, and their parking lots, Bradford Ecumenical Home and Chapel Ridge will be making it possible for residents and loved ones to get just a little closer—enough for in-person visits that are better than the all-video visits they have been having since the pandemic began.
“It’s been challenging to experience the separation between families and loved ones,” says CEO Lisa Johnson. “We came up with a concept for Outdoor Car Hop Visits that allow friends and families to visit while remaining in their vehicle at all times. Visitors must wear a face mask or face covering and maintain social distancing guidelines.”
The plan will kick off on Monday, August 3rd with limited appointments available each day, including weekends. Each visit is scheduled for 20 minutes in order to allow as many visits as possible. No objects can be passed back and forth, but families can be creative in their use of signs and decorating their vehicles.
“Eventually appointments will increase as slots are available. It gives our community of feeling one step closer; it feels like major progress, like a huge wall of separation has been reduced. A lot has happened since we closed our doors on March 13th. Milestones like the birth of a great-grandchild, grandchildren graduated from high school and/or college, and family weddings. These are the things we want to celebrate in light of the pandemic.”
“These days, with the primary concern about the health and safety of people in nursing homes, we recognize the important role our family members and employees play to help ensure our Resident Car Hop Visits are a ‘Happy Day’. We’re celebrating with the Happy Days Theme of “Rockin All Week for You”. Please call ahead to schedule your visit.