Shifting ahead, in the neighborhood, at VCC


After a 12 months of quarantine and following a dizzying array of COVID protocols, at Vashon Group Care, we consider we’re beginning to see the sunshine on the finish of the COVID tunnel. We’re lucky to have obtained the vaccine early, and now 92% of residents and workers are totally immunized, effectively above the nationwide common. We’re prepared to maneuver ahead.

In line with tips from county public well being officers, long-term care amenities can enter their start-up plan safely in the event that they haven’t had a optimistic case of COVID for 28 days. Our milestone for this transition is March 3 and we sit up for that date.

The plan, accepted by the governor, will roll out in phases and can embody restricted communal meals, group actions, lounge providers, outings and, in fact, our ongoing exterior excursions. The residents are delighted, after the challenges of final 12 months, to have the ability to be collectively in neighborhood once more. The steps could also be small at first, however they’re steps within the path that we’ve got wished for a while.

I converse for each VCC workers member after I say that we’re turned away from artistic concepts. Our mission is above all to make sure the bodily, dietary and mental well being of our residents. Later this spring we are going to launch Thoughts Over Growing old, a full suite of providers designed to assist each resident stay a lifetime of wellness with a concentrate on motion, diet, lifelong studying and dementia packages. .

We’re additionally conscious of the bigger neighborhood round us and sit up for sharing sources – and enjoyable – with lots of you. With this in thoughts, we’re launching two new speaker collection this 12 months. Phrases & Wine will discover a number of elements of growing old and Lives Properly Lived, in partnership with the Vashon Heritage Museum and Voice of Vashon, will characteristic native audio system exploring matters related to Vashon and the broader world.

We’re delighted to welcome best-selling writer Elizabeth Berg as the primary visitor of the Phrases & Wine vary. She’s going to learn (by way of Zoom) “I will see you: a memoir” at 5 pm on Saturday March 20. The e book, which she efficiently printed final October, tells the story of caring for her dad and mom on the finish of their life.

To one of the best of their potential, she and her siblings supplied sensible recommendation, emotional help and steerage to her dad and mom, who’ve been married for almost 70 years. Her father had Alzheimer’s illness and the couple – on the urging of their kids – moved from their house to an assisted dwelling facility for extra help. It is a superbly written e book and we hope you will be a part of us for the night. Registration is open on our web site,, underneath “Upcoming Occasions”.

As spring approaches, we’re additionally trying to beautify the surroundings of our residents. In Could, our almost 20-year-old constructing will obtain a brand new coat of paint. Plans to color the constructing have been underway for over a 12 months, and it’ll cheer us as much as see it lastly come to fruition. We hope to observe the paint with a brand new roof – as soon as we hit our fundraising objective of $ 200,000 – later this 12 months or early 2022.

Within the meantime, we’ve got the prospect to work with well-known artist, landscaping guru and extraordinary volunteer, Darsie Beck, to revitalize our backyard areas. Final 12 months, he designed Maeve’s Reminiscence Backyard, a safe, fenced backyard related to Beardsley Reminiscence Help. Residents will probably be planting there this spring, and ultimately we dream of inviting musicians to carry out among the many flowers and colourful umbrellas.

We are going to proceed our important landscaping plan with one other backyard on the opposite aspect of Beardsley. As well as, we’re reconfiguring the facade of the constructing to create visitation factors exterior every residence on the primary ground. We count on these to ask to staging areas as we grapple with COVID and past.

We miss our Island buddies and volunteers who’ve lengthy enriched our days with music, artwork, puzzles, historical past and journey. Nevertheless it feels just like the time is quickly approaching when glad hour and meals might be shared with the VCC household once more.

Since my first days at Vashon Group Care over a 12 months in the past, I’ve been conscious of the deep roots of this constructing within the Vashon neighborhood. And I’ve been moved by the massive variety of Islanders who’ve supported our work, particularly over this previous lengthy 12 months. We hope you will be a part of us in trying forward – and we sit up for seeing extra of you in particular person.

– Wendy Kleppe is the Govt Director of Vashon Group Care.


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