ANTHOLOGY SENIOR LIVING’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19 / MARCH 24
March 24, 2021
Dear Anthology residents, families, and team members:
As Senior Vice President of Operations at Anthology, I am honored to share this platform with our company’s President, Ben Burke, and to have the opportunity to share some thoughts with our Anthology family.
“It's a spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want to—oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ” Mark Twain
Springtime has always signified change as flowers bloom, birds return from their winter homes, and the grasses green. But this spring in particular has an air of hope. It has been a heart-wrenching, isolating, and sometimes scary twelve months. We’ve navigated many unknowns that have impacted every area of our lives. But now, with high vaccination rates in our communities, there is a pervasive optimism amongst Anthology’s residents and team members. As the CDC and states begin to realize the benefits of vaccination, the regulations on visitation and activities are starting to loosen up. None of us know exactly what the future holds or when a total “return to normal” will happen, but the fact that we can start to be together again brings happiness to us all.
By the end of March, our communities will have completed their vaccination clinics. While the Pharmacy First program providing vaccines to our communities has wound down, our pharmacy partners have informed us that a maintenance program is forthcoming. This program will help us to maintain high vaccination rates by continuing to offer opportunities throughout the year to vaccinate new residents and team members.
The trend of declining active positive cases also remains promising. As of this writing there are no active positive cases among our residents, and four among our team members.
Another large, positive change is coming up next month, with the official transition of our dining program from Morrison Living to Anthology. We are incredibly appreciative of our partnership with Morrison these past few years, and bringing dining entirely in house after outsourcing it is an exciting opportunity to improve quality control and increase flexibility. We look forward to transitioning most of our existing servers and kitchen team members to Anthology, and are preparing for this change to be as seamless as possible for our residents and families. As our new Culinary Directors adjust to their new positions and get to know the preferences of their communities, look for new variety on our menus!
Via our blog, I am delighted to introduce you to two engaging Anthology residents: Gloria, an accomplished public health executive and native Houstonian, and Aase, whose life journey led her to the United States from Denmark. You can enjoy their stories HERE.
And finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank you all for your patience and support of our Anthology team. Our team members have remained dedicated to our residents throughout this year, and from the bottom of my heart I cannot thank them enough for their commitment and care in the face of such uncertainty. I certainly believe that the best of Anthology is yet to come, and I welcome a spring and summer filled with joy, family, and friendships.
As always, we will continue to update you and maintain clear and open lines of communication. Feel free to reach out to your community's Executive Director, or to our corporate team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sending best wishes to all for much joy and celebration during the Easter and Passover holidays.
Senior Vice President of Operations, Anthology Senior Living
NOTE: These guidelines apply to all Anthology Senior Living communities except Anthology of Tanglewood as the community is currently operating as an unlicensed 55+ community. Separate guidelines are in place for Anthology of Tanglewood.