Residents of The Summit Living Separate Together

Residents of The Summit Living Separate Together

Friday, March 27, 2020

Residents move to The Summit for community, not to practice social distancing, but residents and staff are adapting to the CDC guidelines for Life Plan Communities to stay safe and healthy. As our world deals with COVID-19, residents of The Summit are embracing living separate together.

To keep residents and staff safe, the Life Plan Community has taken the following precautions:

  • No visitors are permitted to any area of The Summit campus, including Independent Living apartments.
  • Only approved, essential caregivers are permitted on campus. In addition, Summit nursing staff will coordinate family visits relating to end-of-life situations.

Separate Together

Since community, fellowship and friendship are hallmarks of life at The Summit, staff and residents are getting creative to stay connected safely. 

Although the dining room is closed temporarily, the dining staff is delivering over 100 delicious dinners to residents’ apartments and lakeside homes daily. Residents fill out a menu form and their dining choice is delivered each evening.

“The Summit has done an amazing job of dealing with this on a daily basis,” resident Hazel Bray said.

Residents in Independent Living are spending the days connecting with family over the phone, taking walks along the gorgeous Summit Lake Trail and saying hello to neighbors—from a safe distance—while checking the mail and running errands.

“We’ve been so pleased with the way the staff has responded to this. They’re doing a remarkable job of keeping in touch with everybody,” resident Woody Gregory said. “We are all practicing social distancing.”

The staff surprised residents by going door-to-door with ice cream treats this week. The onsite nursing team is checking on residents and staff is helping residents arrange grocery store pick-ups.

“The Summit is being exceptional in its instruction. The staff is making sure we are safe. They have thought about this in detail,” resident Nathan Brooks said. “All of this, I find to be very reassuring.”

Connecting with Family

With visitors restricted, the staff uses iPads to help residents in Assisted Living FaceTime family. Courtyard concerts allow residents to open apartment windows and hear live music. The staff is also taking residents on individual golf cart rides around the lake trail.

Social distancing isn’t fun, but it’s much easier at a Life Plan Community where residents can live separate, together.

We’d love to help you begin your journey to living in ease and comfort with friends and neighbors at The Summit. For more information about The Summit, please call Brenda Dixon at 434.582.1500 or email Brenda.Dixon@CentraHealth.com.