PATRICK COUNTY, VA – Residents and staff at the Landmark Center Assisted Living and Memory Care and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection were treated with a parade on Friday.
A handful of residents sat outdoors, alongside staff, holding signs and balloons as family members and friends were driving through in their vehicles to say hello.
“Other facilities are doing this across the region and we found that it was important to also have the family members get to see their loved ones. Instantly, when we called family members everyone was on board. We probably had a hundred people after the first phone call to families and residents,” said Stephanie Shelton, Landmark Center Regional Director of Business Development.
Both facilities say they took extra precaution to ensure the safety of their residents.
“Four residents from our facility and four residents from the Landmark facility at any one time. Way apart and, I mean, not even six feet, we're talking a good distance apart. We're having multiple parades as we change out those residents, so everybody has an opportunity to have that fun parade feeling,” stated Anthony Brunicardi, Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Administrator.
Visitations have been limited to only those that are medically necessary due of COVID-19, so seeing loved ones put a smile on the faces of residents.
“It's huge. Just for the well-being and the mental health of the residents and well-being for the families to be able to see mom or dad or grandma or grandpa,” Brunicardi added.
Other parade participants included Virginia State Police, Patrick County Sheriff's Office and Stuart Volunteer Fire Department.