As we step into this new year, I can only think to myself "there are better days ahead." I can see them on the horizon, and I know our community – both locally and globally – will reach them.
News of the vaccine certainly has given us hope that, in the not-too-distant future, there may be an end in sight to the hardships we have endured this last year. To kick off the new year, Village Green is so happy to announce that we are registered with CVS Pharmacy's vaccine program. Clinicians will be visiting Village Green to vaccinate our team and residents in the near future, adding another step of protection for our community.
This last year tested all of us – on a global scale – to adapt to, connect within, and educate ourselves on the precarious situations we have been made to endure. We, for one, are nothing but amazed and humbled at the ability of our staff and residents alike to overcome such hardships to learn a new normal and remain positive.
Village Green took advantage of technology to keep our residents connected to family, loved ones, and even medical professionals over the last many months. We were able to remain connected to family and friends through the use of Zoom and FaceTime, with our trained staff at the helm to help our residents through any connectivity questions or issues they faced. Through the newly popular practice of telehealth - virtual doctor's visits conducted on these video conferencing platforms – our residents were also able to receive their normal and necessary medical attention from the safety and comfort of their homes here at Village Green.
On an in-house, procedural scale, we have also implemented the use of technology to aid our staff with medication management. Computers are now driving the ability to refill prescriptions with the click of a button, ensuring timeliness, efficiency, and another shield of safety for all.
We've also been happy to announce the use of Accushield, a virtual kiosk that has replaced our front desk sign-in book of the past. The kiosk takes visitors' temperatures, asks screening questions, and provides printable visitors badges. In addition, this new kiosk also has the ability to communicate with a mobile application so that visitors can pre-register before arriving on campus by uploading their information prior to their visit. We're excited and confident that these systems – our "new normal" – will only improve upon safety for all.
Another tip of the hat must go out to our team for their relentless endeavors towards cleanliness throughout the pandemic. We have implemented the most up-to-date sanitization systems that we will choose to continue utilizing long after this time in the world is over, a testament to how important these new practices have become to everyone's peace of mind.
Though I cannot express the gratitude I have for all I have witnessed from the entire Village Green community last year – perseverance, trust, dedication, and diligence – there is one thing that I believe is most important, a topic I cannot leave untouched – the importance of maintaining relationships.
New technology, protocols, and ways of life have made maintaining these relationships successful. No longer will we take for granted any chance to connect with those important to us, even if it must be virtually. Human connection is so important, so near and dear to our mental, emotional and physical well-being, and I now value any moment I - or any moment I witness our residents - get to connect.
In short, my outlook for 2021 is simple: there are better days ahead. We have all worked hard to get through the last handful of months, through many curveballs, regulations, and policies. Through trials, triumphs, and times of hardship. We are all stronger because of the changes we have made.
We will take all we learned from 2020 to create a better 2021, and to ensure every member of the Village Green family has better days ahead.
So, from our family to yours, stay positive. Let us look ahead, come together (though it may be virtually), and keep our eyes on the road, to the better days ahead.