Welbi’s Monthly Hero – Berwick’s Jacqueline Siemens !

So proud to share such a fantastic feature on our very own team member, Jacqueline! 

Meet Jacqueline, Active Living Manager at Berwick on the Park

Camping, hiking, snowboarding, and exploring — these are just some of the ways that Jacqueline Siemens, active living manager at Berwick on the Park, loves to spend her time. Berwick on the Park is located in beautiful Kamloops B.C., which makes it ideal for Jacqueline as a lover of the outdoors. She tells us that “Kamloops is perfectly situated for adventure.”

It was the spirit of adventure that called Jacqueline to Berwick on the Park. She was intrigued by the recreation therapy program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Saskatoon and decided to pursue a diploma.

“As soon as I got into the program, I loved it,” she says.

Jacqueline tells us she needed a senior living community to host her practicum and chose Berwick because she had a friend living in Kamloops at the time. “I thought it would be exciting to spend 8 weeks in the mountains and go back home at the end.” 

But things didn’t quite go as planned. “One thing led to another, and four years later I’m still here. Everything’s clicked into place for me and I couldn’t be happier.”

The Rewards and Challenges of an Exciting Profession

As an active living manager, Jacqueline spends most of her time coming up with programs and preparing everything that’s needed to run them. She’s supported by team members Janet and Paula, both industry veterans. Their role is on the facilitating side. While Jacqueline says her strengths are navigating and troubleshooting, she enjoys facilitating programs when she has the opportunity. “It gets me outside those planning and brainstorming boxes that I sometimes get pigeon-holed in.”

Jacqueline’s favourite thing about her career is that monotony is not a word in her vocabulary. “Every day is different. It could do a 180 and before you know it, you’re going in a completely different direction. It keeps you engaged so there’s no mental checkout.” 

She says that adapting to change is one of the most challenging parts of working in recreation. But change isn’t always a bad thing, she adds. She tells us about a recent surprise visit the Berwick team received. “We had one of the florists in town pop in last week to donate six bouquets to the building.” Jacqueline says taking the time to thank them and get some photos was well worth the change in her plans. “And who doesn’t love getting flowers?”

Jacqueline shares her best advice for staying flexible when programs don’t go as planned, which she received from her General Manager Bev. “If you don’t share every detail of what a program is supposed to look like, no one will know the difference. As long as everyone enjoyed themselves, that’s a success.”

Rockstar of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Perhaps the greatest test of Jacqueline’s adaptability came with the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s one she passed with flying colours. Jacqueline has been called a “total rockstar” at overcoming the challenges of the pandemic, which she says was a team effort. “Again, Janet and Paula with their creativity, they came through with some really great ideas.” 

Jacqueline says that if there’s a silver lining to be found in the pandemic, it’s that it helped the active living team get out of their comfort zone and try new things. “We pretty much had to break down our activity calendar and rebuild it. But I find the residents have been very receptive to it.”

With dance parties, hallway sing-alongs, crafts, and puzzles, the team ensured the residents at Berwick stayed active and engaged throughout the pandemic. And they made sure to take care of themselves, too. “We were very aware of burnout and making sure we’re not overextending ourselves. We were trying to provide the best service we could give while taking care of ourselves and making sure we’re there to provide that service.”

Every Day is an Adventure at Berwick on the Park

As the world slowly returns to normal, Jacqueline is excited to get back outside with her residents. The community is situated with Peterson Creek Nature Park right in its backyard and offers a gorgeous view of the valley. Jacqueline takes advantage of the scenery when planning her activity calendars with outdoor games, picnics, scenic drives, and day trips. 

Special outings have given Jacqueline some of her favourite memories on the job. She tells us about the time she and Bev took some of their residents on a road trip to Nanaimo for an island-wide picnic with the other Berwick sites. “I drove the bus from Kamloops to Nanaimo and we overnighted. It was a blast! It was such a fun time with such a great group of people.”

Berwick on the Park also hosts exciting events of its own, like the Berwick Rib Festival. Staff come up with their own barbecue sauce recipes, which are then made by the kitchen. Residents vote on their favourite sauce to choose the Rib Fest winner.

More recently, Berwick has been hosting its own 2021 Summer Olympics, which Jacqueline says was Paula’s idea. “We’ve just been doing our regular programming but we’re putting an Olympic twist on it. It’s been a huge success!”

Jacqueline explains that each floor is its own team. To encourage attendance, teams are awarded points when their members actively participate in programs. Jacqueline says there’s been some friendly competition. Floors have made their own team names, uniforms, and even banners.

Berwick on the Park has since held their awards ceremony. Congratulations to all the participants!

Creating Exceptional Resident Experiences With Welbi

The amazing experiences that Jacqueline creates for her residents are exactly what we strive to facilitate with Welbi! We asked Jacqueline to share how Welbi has changed her operations. “I actually can’t even remember what it was like using anything else other than Welbi,” she says. “It’s become such an integral part of my day!”

Berwick on the Park launched Welbi in October 2020. Before then, Jacqueline and her team were creating their calendars in Microsoft Publisher. Jacqueline says “the margin for error was actually quite big” with Publisher, so she appreciates the ease of Welbi’s calendar customization. “It’s fantastic being able to create multiple calendars at once and knowing that, if we wanted to transfer what we put on one calendar to the next, we can do that just by clicking a few buttons. Now that I know how to do it, it’s just lickety-split!”

Jacqueline also enjoys how Welbi’s insights help her set and achieve goals. “Being able to see real-time insights is really nice because we have metrics from head office that we have to strive to achieve,” Jacqueline explains. “We can see in real-time if there’s an area where we’re missing something that we can supplement in.”

We asked Jacqueline what she would tell someone who’s considering using Welbi. “A hundred percent, do it! I know the growing pains sometimes feel like a lot but just persevere through it. The team that Welbi has for support is amazing. They’re quick with responding and so open to feedback. When we were giving our feedback when first launching Welbi with Berwick, they were so open to accommodating some of our wild requests. This company hears us. It’s been fantastic. The team at Welbi is awesome, and the program has come to be part of our daily work life.” We love to hear feedback like this from our users. Thank you, Jacqueline!

Achievement Doesn’t Stop With Age

To close our interview, we asked Jacqueline what she wants the world to know about recreation. “It’s a really rewarding career path,” she says. “If you want to put a lot of hard work into it, you’ll get great things out of it. You work hard, play hard as recreation.” 

She adds that many people think that recreation is all fun and games — and there is a lot of that — but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. “Everyone has a form of recreation; you need it for that balance. Without it, I feel like our lives just wouldn’t be complete. Recreation as a profession is needed.”

We asked Jacqueline how she thinks society’s view of retirement differs from what she’s seen at Berwick. “I feel like there’s this misconception with retirement in general that once you reach a certain age, you slow down and your age limits the things that are available to you.”

Every day, the residents and staff at Berwick prove this stereotype about older adults false. The active living team is committed to empowering residents to pursue their goals and keep having exciting experiences as they age.

“Programs can be adapted to meet individuals where they’re at,” Jacqueline explains. “Just because you might have done something one way doesn’t mean that you can’t still do it, we just need to adapt it to make it work for you. There’s nothing that I’ve come across yet that would be too far out there. It’s just a matter of doing the legwork to figure out how to make it work.”

What Can Be Gained from Downsizing!

Are your closets overflowing?  Is the garage or basement full of things you rarely use?

Summer is a great time to rid ourselves of excess we have accumulated and start downsizing.  Why not pass these items on to be repurposed or have a garage sale?

Getting started is often the hard part.  Jaclynn Soet of The Happy Nest, a professional downsizing and relocation company says, “The first step is to create a clear plan.”  Soet’s top tips include:

  • If you are planning to relocate to a smaller footprint, decluttering can begin any time. In fact, sooner the better! Our number one tip for downsizing is to leave yourself plenty of time to make thoughtful decisions.
  • It’s important to postpone dealing with decision making of items that have high sentimental value until you have worked your way up to these items. Start with are items you haven’t used in a while and are generally found in storage areas of the home.
  • Be realistic about the value of items in your home. If you are a homeowner, your home is likely your largest asset.  Focus on helping the home appeal to the greatest number of buyers. This starts with depersonalizing so buyers can envision themselves in the space.
  • Many household items are difficult to sell or donate. Give these items away when possible to prevent them from entering the landfill and incurring unnecessary junk removal costs.
  • Purchase scale appropriate furniture for your new space. If it’s dual purpose – even better!

There is a lot to be said for lightening your load and ridding yourself of excess.  Community Relations Manager at Berwick Royal Oak, Kathy McAree, has been through the downsizing process herself.  After 20 years living in a three level townhouse with a jam-packed garage, she downsized to less than 600 square feet.  “I had accumulated so much and realized that I wasn’t using or didn’t need a great deal of it.  However, the paring down process was arduous.  Memories and attachment to many things made taking action rather difficult.  Of the things that I did convince myself to part with, I often found that there was little value in them to others.  After a trip to the dump, two garage sales and many internet ads, I still had too much to move and I was tired and frustrated.  I wish I’d known about downsizing companies at the time!”

Downsizers can do as little or as much as you would like them to.  If you’re planning a move, you can count on skilled professionals to help you decide what to take, create floor plan options for your new space, hire and manage movers, stage your home to make it ready for sale, and look after all the things you no longer need.

Don and Bobbi Johannessen, who recently moved to Berwick Royal Oak, say, “Leaving our 6000 square foot home we had lived in for 34 years was made easy using a downsizer.  The Happy Nest simplified everything.  They organized, packed, and unpacked so that everything was already in place when we moved in.  Even the packing material and boxes had been taken away.  Our bed was made and clothes were hung.  There was no stress for us at all and their assistance was well worth the price.”

Linda Lord, Community Relations Manager at Berwick House, adds, “Our residents love moving into a suite that is already set up and organized.  On their very first day, they feel like they’ve been living here for ages.  Using a downsizing company provides great comfort and takes much of the stress of moving away.  I would highly recommend it.”

Successful Curious About Berwick Parksville Event!

We had such a successful Curious About Berwick Parksville event at the Bayside Resort Parksville yesterday. There was so much information shared and lots of excitement for those looking to call Berwick Parksville home in 2022! 
 
Berwick Parksville will offer a luxurious resort-style independent lifestyle set against the majestic beach backdrop of our stunning west coast. The state-of-the-art amenities will help you to live active longer and you’ll enjoy the complete freedom that independent living offers with the confidence and support of the Berwick legacy behind you. Here’s a little sneak preview of this extraordinary community!
 
For more information, please visit www.berwickparksville.com or email us to register for our next event in August: berwickparksville@berwickrc.com
 
Visit our Facebook page to see more photos: https://www.facebook.com/berwickrc 

Tip For Staying Cool in a Heat Wave!

Although some cities have had some relief from the extreme temperatures we experienced over the last week, we are still in a heatwave. BC has reported 65 deaths from the heatwave since Friday of last week on the lower mainland alone.

Besides indulging in copious amounts of ice cream to keep yourselves chilled… below are some great tips on how to stay cool as well as links and resources.

When temperatures rise during the summer, it’s important to know the risks associated with excessive heat and take precautions to stay safe and healthy. Be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illness, check on those at greater risk during extreme and prolonged periods of heat, and follow the tips below to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke – while also keeping our communities COVID-19 safe<http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/prevention-risks/>.

Symptoms of heat-related illness

The symptoms of heat-related illness can range from mild to severe. They include:

  *   Pale, cool, moist skin

  *   Heavy sweating

  *   Muscle cramps

  *   Rash

  *   Swelling, especially hands and feet

  *   Fatigue and weakness

  *   Lightheadedness and/or fainting

  *   Headache

  *   Nausea and/or vomiting

More severe symptoms – including high fever, hallucinations, seizures and unconsciousness – require urgent medical attention. Call 911, move to a cool place, and cool the person with water and fanning.

Check on each other

Anyone can suffer from heat-related illness – but some are at greater risk than others. Please make sure to check the following people regularly for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke:

  *   Infants and young children

  *   People aged 65 or older

  *   People with disabilities, cognitive or otherwise, who may need assistance in monitoring their well-being

  *   Those who require ongoing medication for conditions such as heart or breathing problems

  *   People who work or exercise outside

  *   Check in on those who live alone.

  *   During the COVID-19 pandemic, relatives, friends, and neighbours should check in regularly with vulnerable people by phone or video.

Stay hydrated

Drink more fluids regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Avoid liquids that contain alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar, as these are less helpful in keeping your body hydrated.

If you stay inside

If possible, stay in an air-conditioned place when you are indoors.

  *   Make your home as comfortable as possible.

  *   Close blinds and shutters during the daytime and open them at night. Open your windows at night to let in cooler air. If you have children in your home, make sure you’ve taken precautions to prevent falls from windows and balconies.

  *   If you have air conditioning, use it to take the edge off indoor heat — but don’t over-cool. Remember that circulation of fresh air is important for reducing COVID-19 risk.

  *   If you don’t have air-conditioning, take shelter in the coolest room in your home and use a fan. Blowing a fan across a pan of ice water can create a cool breeze.

  *   Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is above 37 degrees Celsius, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or spending time in an air-conditioned place, is a much better way to cool off.

  *   Cool showers and misting yourself and your clothing with cool water will help keep you from overheating.

  *   Try visiting a public location such as a shopping mall or library – even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

  *   Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing

If you go outside

  *   Seek cooler, breezier areas when outdoors, such as large parks near to water with lots of trees.

  *   Avoid crowded spaces and maintain a two-metre distance from others as much as possible.

  *   Avoid strenuous outdoor activities during peak hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

  *   Take it slow with outdoor activities – try to rest often in shaded areas.

  *   Consider your neighbours: be respectful of pets and humans that need to rest/rehydrate in the shade at new locations temporarily.

  *   Be sun-safe and remember to protect yourself from the heat:

     *   Apply sunscreen to exposed skin, early and often, at least 15 to 30 minutes prior to going out. Minimum Sun Protection Factor (SPF) should be 30. Use it liberally and make sure to reapply often throughout the day, especially following swimming or heavy perspiration.

     *   Seek shade and keep skin covered as much as possible when spending time in the sun. The sun can burn and damage skin even on a cloudy day.

     *   Wear a hat with a wide brim.

     *   Children are more vulnerable to sun damage and heatstroke, so ensure their skin is protected or that they are in the shade. Infants under six months old should wear a UVA/UVB protective suit if spending time outdoors.

     *   Wear sunglasses, especially when driving or cycling. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) can cause cataracts and other eye diseases.

  *   NEVER leave children or pets alone in a parked car. Temperatures can rise rapidly in enclosed vehicles, becoming much hotter than the outdoor temperature.

For more information on heat-related illness, visit HealthLinkBC<https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/beat-the-heat>, the Government of Canada’s extreme heat page<https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/sun-safety/extreme-heat-heat-waves.html> or dial 811.

RESOURCES

Warm weather safety in a time of COVID-19<http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/warm-weather-safety-in-a-time-of-covid-19> – BCCDC

Staying healthy in the heat<https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/hc-sc/documents/services/publications/healthy-living/infographic-staying-healthy-heat/infographic-staying-healthy-heat.pdf> – Government of Canada

Sun Protection<https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/environment/sun-protection> – Island Health

 

 

Berwick’s Community – An Interview with Realtor Deedrie Ballard!

Berwick Royal Oak’s Community Relations Manager, Kathy, talks with Victoria BC Realtor Deedrie Ballard about the current red hot real estate market and why now is the time to sell if you’re a senior and have been considering a move to independent living!

You’re an older adult and you’ve decided that now is the right time to sell and look at downsizing! What are some things to consider as you prepare your home to sell in today’s market? Why is it such a huge decision and how can you make this process a little less daunting as you get ready for this exciting new chapter in life? Deedrie shares tips, tricks, her own parent’s experience and their transition to Berwick House and more. 

Watch now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJYzFc6rbcs 

 

Keeping the Spirit Alive- Halloween 2020

Nothing was going to stand in the way of keeping the spirit of Halloween alive at our Berwick sites this year. From pumpkin drive through displays, to “Thriller” dance videos, physically distanced cocktail parties, and so much more, Halloween was in full swing for 2020!

Every year our Berwick communities embrace the fun of Halloween as a chance to connect with the children in our neighbourhoods, normally welcoming hundreds of kids through the doors for festive fun and trick or treating. With Covid Safety restrictions in place, our Berwick Active Living teams got creative and found safe and unique ways to carry on some of these traditions. 

Nothing says Halloween like preschoolers dressed as dinosaurs, princesses and lady bugs! Berwick on the Park opted to join their buddy preschool for a physically distanced, outside, trick or treat and costume parade. The Great Pumpkin Drive Through at Berwick House and Berwick Royal Oak allowed their local buddy schools to carve pumpkins, just like in previous years, and have them proudly displayed amongst a spectacular display of lights, goblins, witches, monsters and ghosts.  This year rather than walking through the displays in the back gardens, families enjoyed driving through the fronts of the buildings and remaining physically distanced in their cars. Over two hundred cars full of excited families enjoyed the displays over two nights. A highlight of these events were the residents volunteers, who came dressed in their witch hats and feather boas to shout “Happy Halloween” to all that attended. Berwick House resident volunteer, Sheila Taylor, said “I thoroughly enjoyed being out there and seeing the carloads of young people coming by. They all looked so happy”

The magic of Halloween certainly doesn’t end when you turn a certain age though! Check out the Berwick Qualicum Beach dance crew perform their Halloween addition of “Thriller” https://www.facebook.com/283280048768228/videos/1625315980996841/

The fun continued inside our Berwick walls with staff pumpkin carving contests, theme costumes and creative, tasty treats prepared by our culinary teams! Berwick Comox Valley served up the most “spooktacular” Candy Corn flavored cocktails to go along with trick or treat bags full of goodies at their Halloween cocktail party. Berwick by the Sea got crafty and made some festive Halloween candy dishes and enjoyed a special “Candy Apple” pop up station with one of their fantastic chefs!  Berwick Qualicum beach was lucky to have a resident family member who is a “Master” pumpkin carver, spend the afternoon in their courtyard creating a pumpkin masterpiece with power tools and all! They finished Halloween night off with a festive dinner, complete with “Witch finger” cookies for dessert.  Berwick on the Lake went all out with amazing floor to ceiling displays, some top notch staff and resident costumes and a full day of Halloween celebrations!

2020 has kept us on our toes but at the end of the day celebrations like Halloween have shown us how we can come together with our communities and make the most of anything that comes our way!  With the success of Halloween just behind us we are excited to find ways at our Berwick sites to create a holiday season that is fun, memorable and meaningful. Here is to rolling with 2020 and keeping the spirit alive!

Vibrant COVID-free Environment

The health effects of physical distancing and isolation have been severe for seniors living in their own homes through Covid-19. We’ve heard from many seniors and older adults who have been considering the move to independent living but have been fearful due to the fears of lockdown or not having that sense of independence. There have been so many unknowns to navigate through in the last 9 months. We have never experienced anything like this before, so we are all learning as we go. 

We do know that many of the seniors and older adults who have made the decision to move into a Berwick during the pandemic have never looked back. Living in a community that offers real independence, comfort, safety and security and new friendship all in a COVID-free environment was exactly what they needed. Breaking through barriers, exploring new hobbies and activities, and connecting with likeminded individuals is a little snippet of life at Berwick. The sky is not a limit at Berwick and we look for opportunities to empower our older adults and seniors to achieve the goals they have also wanted to, despite being in the middle of a pandemic. One thing is for sure, COVID has not stopped us from continually embracing life and independence.

Have a look at all the precautions we have in place to ensure life can continue on at our Berwicks: 

COVID Infographic – June 2020

Active Aging Week Recap

October 14th, 2020

Active Aging is of foremost importance at our Berwick communities and something we embrace every single day. We believe we are capable of amazing things at any age. We don’t just step outside our comfort zones, we blow past them. We don’t consider the sky to be a limit for our older adults at our Berwick’s, and that’s why we love celebrating Active Aging Week!

Active Aging Week is an annual event held by the International Council on Active Aging that celebrates the ability to live actively at any age and was celebrated October 5-11th, 2020. Our Berwick communities took this week to promote the 6 dimensions of wellness and showcase the important role they play in providing a holistic approach to active aging at all our sites.

What are the 6 dimensions of wellness? Social, physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual and vocational. At Berwick we pride ourselves in offering opportunities that are multidimensional and don’t just fall in to one category. Read on to see some examples of the innovative programs that happened at the Berwick’s during Active Aging Week 2020.

Social – Staff & resident dance parties, physically distanced cocktail hours & pub nights, Oktoberfest Celebrations complete with German beer tasting and soft pretzels, and scenic drives with friends

Physical – Spin class, trail walks, bocce, tai chi, yoga, line dancing, strength training, ball drumming and Nordic pole walking

Spiritual – 10 week Alpha Series, mindfulness & meditation, live streamed church service, nature walks and forest bathing

Emotional – Writing memoires, connecting with youth in the community, music appreciation, sing-alongs, and open minded discussion groups on family traditions

Intellectual – Exploring technology, such as App of the month, role playing, creative writing, Minute to Win It games, exploring new languages (American Sign language & Spanish) and Card games such as Bridge, cribbage and sequence

Vocational- Resident volunteers assisting with special event décor, resident run painting, sketching and craft classes, photography club fundraiser, knitting group making handmade hearts for all the Berwick staff and fundraising for the Mustard Seed Food Bank

This year, more than ever, a focus on remaining physically strong, socially connected and emotionally well has been a priority within our communities. Active Aging Week 2020 was a wonderful way to celebrate how our Berwick Communities have adapted to the current global pandemic and continued to thrive by providing an environment that inspires seniors to live actively with a strong mind, body and spirit! 

Check out our Instagram page for more examples of some of the amazing programs that took place during the 2020 Active Aging Week!

Berwick Brings Welbi’s Wellness Platform To All Seven Communities

SEPTEMBER 15TH,2020

Berwick has signed on with Welbi to deliver its incredible wellness platform to all seven communities. Welbi is designed specifically to help retirement homes create recreation programs and other activities for seniors and monitor residents’ levels of engagement, something that is top of mind for Berwick. 

Using the Welbi platform, Active Living Managers at the seven Berwick communities will be able to create a more accurate profile of each resident – including details such as what goals they have, what sorts of games and hobbies they enjoy and watching their fitness progress. 

The system also tracks participation at events and activities to help retirement homes gauge the overall response to their recreational programming and flag residents who appear to be less socially active than others.

At Berwick, we look to empower our residents to live their best lives with us. We want to empower them through knowledge; knowledge around living an active lifestyle, knowledge around their fitness levels and seeing the long-term progress and being able to discover just how strong they really are. Through the Welbi platform, we can provide tangible evidence and statistics showcasing a resident’s progress which is something we are exceptionally excited about. 

With Welbi, Berwick can now further personalize our wellness programming and give time back to our Active Living Managers so they can focus on improving satisfaction and quality of life for our seniors!

What’s it like inside Independent Living? ‘Vibrant and safe!’

Long-term care homes have been seriously — and sometimes tragically — affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, causing many to reconsider what’s safest for their parents or themselves, but not all retirement communities are the same.

“There’s a misconception in the community that Independent Living facilities are in lockdown, and that’s not the case!” says Lesley Sikorski with Berwick in Victoria. “Independent Living is still vibrant and safe, with lots of engaging activities every day.”

More security, more freedom

“We have significant experience managing outbreak scenarios and are constantly reevaluating our policies to ensure they’re industry-leading,” Sikorski says. While individual families may have been caught off guard by the pandemic in early March, Berwick already had protocols and PPE in place and has continued to adapt safety procedures to go above and beyond BC Health requirements.

“Just a note of huge thanks to say you have our unconditional vote of gratitude for everything you are doing at Berwick!” wrote one Berwick on the Lake Resident. “We didn’t want to wait until the virus threat is over to tell you how happy we are with the way you manage ALL day-to-day operations, ongoing. So happy to call Berwick our home!”

Seniors living alone may have had challenges accessing medical care, risked exposure at grocery stores, struggled to find essential items or faced loneliness in increased social isolation. At Berwick, residents have been spared those stresses.

“We’re here to support residents and their families 24 hours a day, should they need it. We check in daily with every one of our residents face-to-face, and have facilitated visits with family and friends both virtually and in-person,” Sikorski says. “Residents receive nutritious meals three times a day, and they’re welcome to eat in their suites or in our physically distanced dining areas.”

“This is an extraordinary time of crisis, and to have a professional, dedicated team taking care of our loved ones is a blessing,” says one Berwick by the Sea Family Member.

FURTHER READING: Independent, together: Social lives thrive at this retirement residence

In addition to physical distancing and masks for all staff, Berwick communities have improved infrastructure and implemented new protocols to keep residents, visitors and staff safe.

  • Active pre-screening for every visitor who enters any of our Berwick communities
  • Increased and enhanced sanitization methods
  • Increased staffing levels to support pandemic protocols in place
  • Bistros & other areas retrofitted with Plexiglas protective barriers
  • Onsite Tuck Shop stocked with essentials so residents can stay inside the building if they choose

Berwick offers retirement communities that provide meals, housekeeping and engaging programs for Independent Living and Enhanced Living Services.