2020 and COVID
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We are happy to announce that Pineapple Garden is still in business considering some of the craziness 2020 has thrown at us. COVID came like a surprise hurricane that never left. The government released regulations so frequently that the previous set barely had time to be implemented before they were being changed. No population of people is more susceptible to COVID than our residents, so we take what we do seriously, as well as the regulations.
In many ways and in an effort to keep COVID at bay, we went above and beyond many requirements. Multiple times we had our building fumigated with “Ozone.” We sent people home that had any symptoms or known contact with people that did. Our staff has been fantastic about picking up shifts when we felt someone was at risk. It has been amazing to watch as individuals from our staff have stepped up to answer the call or fill a need. Our “Key Leaders” and “Core Staff” have exceeded expectations in every possible way throughout this adventure.
The other group of people that have made these challenges manageable is our residents’ families. At the beginning of this pandemic when toilet paper, gloves, and wipes became non-existent, we had them! Sure, we worked tirelessly to secure them, but so did our families. Countless times, boxes and bags of supplies were dropped off at Pineapple Garden. The love shown by our community during this time brings tears to my eyes. We are so very blessed and humbled to be a part of this amazing community.
At one of the many absolute boiling points throughout this process, we received a call from local law enforcement suggesting that we close down for a few days because there was going to be a Black Lives Matter March past our property. Regardless of your political opinion of BLM and the march, it was now going to be literally at our doorstep. As with COVID, we worked out a plan. We leaned into our staff. In many ways, it was a different challenge than COVID but similar lessons were gleaned. Yet again, we were humbled by our family members who showed up to hand out water bottles to those marching, but also kept a watchful eye on our property and the precious people within. Relationships we never would have made were formed that day, and we can say with sincerity we are better off from the experience.
2020 has been interesting like that. Challenging in ways we never imagined but rewarding at the same time. We have all gone without things this year, but in their absence, the argument could be made that our lives have never been more fulfilling. Have you ever spent more time with your loved ones? Have you ever appreciated them more? Have you ever been more grateful when a need is met?
Here at Pineapple Garden, we have been blessed by our residents, our staff, and our community. Thank you to all who have been a part of the journey with us throughout this year.