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Residents at senior living facilities embrace technology 


Amie Marchini, the CEO/gerontologist at Park Merced, Mission Gardens and Amie Marchini Home Care in Merced, is being diligent in following the official directives during the pandemic, making new policies to adjust for safety, letting families of residents know what’s going on, and finding creative ways to make life enjoyable for the seniors.

She told the Times, “We’re licensed through the Department of Social Services, and Licensing asked that we close to visitors on March 17, except for end of life visits.

“All deliveries are still being made, but the items are accepted at the door.

“We are checking the temperatures of our staff members and residents daily.

“People are disinfecting everything.

“It’s a state mandate that employees find a sink to wash their hands in, once they clock in.

“They are also washing their hands multiple times during their shifts.

“Whether it is Park Merced, Mission Gardens or our in-home care division of Amie Marchini Home Care, we are taking the required and additional proactive steps to ensure that we do our part to stop the spread.

“Residents and staff have pulled together so much. They feel safe and confident. There is an awareness and concern in a confident and attentive way. All are healthy, and there is a sense of good spirits in both buildings.

“We’ve had no concerns from families, only praise on the proactive approach we’re taking.

“We give the families frequent updates.  An e mail went to resident families last night [March 25].”

The update, by James Nordman, Director of Operations of Amie Marchini Senior Care, said in part:

“We are . . .  providing the side gate code to Park Merced to family members in order for them to visit through the window. Please note that we will not open the window in order to protect residents from airborne droplets, and verbal communication would still need to be done by phone. Please understand that our team will not be able to be present during these visits as they are assisting other residents with care.

Marchini told the Times, “It’s very hard on relatives. They can’t come to visit inside the facility. A few of the relatives have been coming to the windows and talking to their relatives on the phone.

“One resident of has a faithful wife who comes every day at lunch and sits outside the dining room window while he eats.

“There are Skype and Facetime sessions with families. Many residents are content with the phone call contact they have with their loved ones, and others are loving video chatting.”

Programs have been modified, including some different creative programming like virtual tours.

Marchini told the Times, “The residents are doing virtual tours. Yesterday, there was a tour of the Winchester Mystery House, and today the tour is of Florida’s Dry Tortugas National Park.

“At our town hall meeting, the residents requested to have programs from Huell Howser. Our upcoming programs include tours of Humboldt Redwood State Park, Carlsbad Caverns, and much more.

“The residents are taking a weekly country drive. Less residents are on the bus to allow for more space per resident. They go to places like La Grange, Mariposa, and the Stevinson/Hagerman Park Area.”

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