Update 5.21.2020

May 21, 2020

Plymouth Place™ Friends and Family,

As has been the case in recent months, our update this week is a mixture of rejoicing and reflection. Since last week, we have admitted a handful of residents to our Designated Isolation Unit (DIU) who tested positive for COVID-19, including an individual from the La Grange community. We’re proud to fulfill our mission of serving seniors, both inside our Plymouth Place community, as well as the greater community, as we have the capacity, resources and expertise to support our friends and neighbors in this time of need.

Tragically, we’re saddened to share that earlier this month we also lost beloved members of the Plymouth Place family. This is a loss that deeply affects all of us here, and we mourn with their families and loved ones.

But as with all things in life, we see balance. Where there’s grief and despair, we often find joy and hope. We continue to see victories against this virus. Team members fully recover and return to work from quarantine, and residents recuperate and leave the DIU. This week we had many staff on hand to cheer a resident as they were discharged back to their apartment home — a fleeting, but hugely inspirational moment.

As we’ve mentioned, we continue to resolutely pursue this virus through widespread testing of residents and team members. This past week, we tested all residents of the Health Care Center, which thankfully returned all negative results. This week, our focus will be to test all assisted living residents on the second floor and we’re hopeful we’ll achieve the same outcome.

I’d be remiss if didn’t recognize an incredible achievement for our community, largely driven by the work ethic and passion of our professionals. For the second consecutive year, Plymouth Place has received the distinction of Fortune Magazine Great Place to Work award.  The award — which examines nearly a dozen key factors such as engagement of residents with employees, and culture of service and giving back to the community — is a reflection of our overall culture, from associates to leadership to Board support.

As I recently mentioned to our residents and associates: amid our most trying time as a nation, I have seen the best work, the greatest attitudes, and the most sincere dedication to those whom we serve and a loyalty to peers that is unmatched.

As we continue to follow guidance from national and state health authorities, please know we will not let our guard down. There is light at the end of this tunnel, and your ongoing prayers, support and cooperation will help us get there.

Please continue to watch our website and Facebook page for any pertinent updates, such as the delivery of Tru-D Smart UVS this week.

Stay safe and stay well,

Jay Biere