And now for some good news. . . ! 2020 was a long year of precautions and limitations. It forced us all to open up to new ways to stay active, connected, and experience joy. In the process of navigating an unprecedented year of challenges we learned to appreciate one another and our safe and […]
Decatur House is interested in caring for seniors, supporting families, and discovering and sharing resources about eldercare with the greater community.
If you’ve seen photos on Facebook or in newsletters, you’ve noticed that most of our small group activities take place in the dining room, where we can practice social distancing. In smaller spaces, as when we need the TV for a live or recorded concert, seating is limited and all wear masks. Activities staff also […]
Some residents may be having a harder time coping with isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. University of Texas Health’s Carmel Dyer warned that prolonged isolation can cause seniors’ immune systems to decline and reduce chemical stimulation in the brain, leading to depression. They may want to sleep all of the time, be eating less, and […]
June 1, 2020— There are many heroes at Decatur House. You’ll find them throughout the house, preparing meals in the kitchen, running activities in the living room, serving residents in the dining room, lending hands in the hallways, and of course, delivering personalized care to residents wherever they are. Though all of our employees are […]
What/Who is Ava? Ava is a mobile intelligent robot on loan to us, for the month of May, from our partners at ACD Direct, iRobot and Cisco. She offers HD videoconferencing along with full-fidelity audio as well as intelligent, autonomous navigation. Our hope is that Ava will provide a more immersive and simpler way to connect our residents to their […]
A virus that lurks but does not enter— In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Decatur House, along with most of the rest of the business world, is having to implement unprecedented restrictions, adaptations, and modifications to company policies and procedures. Deliveries of food and medication left in the front vestibule are quickly unpacked, sanitized and […]