“It was a little more than one year ago that we did the unthinkable – Pine Run closed its doors to visitation in the Health Center, the Garden Memory Care and Lakeview Personal Care in response to the evolving COVID 19 pandemic,” said Maria Santangelo, Pine Run Executive Director. “We had never taken such a drastic step in our 45 year history. As senior care providers, we know that our residents thrive when families and visitors are with their loved ones. But as the pandemic was sweeping the country last March, we had to act fast to protect our most vulnerable residents, even if it meant separating families, spouses, partners, and friends.”
Because older people and those with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk of severe disease from COVID-19, stringent efforts have been needed to combat the spread of the pandemic. Now, however, widespread vaccination of older adults and health care providers is enabling families to reunite once again.
Residents and staff of personal care homes and skilled nursing residences were among the first priority group in Pennsylvania to be vaccinated as COVID-19 shots rolled out in January 2021. Pine Run Retirement Community now has offered the vaccine to all residents and staff across its entire continuum of care – from the personal care residence, Pine Run Lakeview, in Doylestown Borough, to the short-term skilled nursing care at the Pine Run Health Center and its specialized secure memory care neighborhood, The Garden, on the 43-acre campus of Pine Run Retirement Community on Ferry Road in Doylestown.
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