Acacia Cove Retirement Village’s priorities have remained steadfast during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Acacia Cove has always prided itself on a strong sense of family and community, and the lockdown during Covid-19 has only enhanced the vibrancy of the village. Care was a top priority at all times and, whilst a global pandemic can induce anxiety, long-time manager Bruce Cullington has maintained the community and care aspect while providing extra support and assistance to the residents.
From very early on during the Covid-19 lockdown Bruce and his team knew that their community would need to be cared for and monitored closely for symptoms, so even going to the supermarket was difficult right from the start. As a solution, Acacia Cove set up a “mini mart” with approximately $8000 worth of groceries purchased, packaged, and delivered to residents per week. This is a testament to the hard work, enthusiasm, and genuine care Bruce and the staff have always maintained.
“The flexibility shown by my staff was amazing. On a personal level, I found it very rewarding to stand in for the families that were unable to visit.”
Acacia Cove promotes an active lifestyle for the residents and Bruce says it’s been amazing to see residents taking responsibility for their wellness during the lockdown. The Village has encouraged extra walking and cycling for fitness, but Bruce noted that he’d seen more people exercising than ever before, some residents were meeting others for the first time as they were trying new experiences.
As a lot of the residents live alone and have been missing out on their usual family visits, the staff have also been calling every few days to check-in, have a chat, and make sure they’re coping ok. Birthdays that have landed during lockdown have seen the staff serenading residents outside their villas! They’ve had morning and afternoon tea parties at their letterboxes and driveways as well as evening drinks.
“Acacia Cove has always been an incredibly social environment so it’s been great to see this held strong, and perhaps even increased during the lockdown period.”
While the lockdown and Covid-19 experience has been challenging for us all, it’s inspiring to see how much it’s brought people together especially in elderly, vulnerable, and at-risk communities.
Bruce welcomes people to find out more about retirement village living and invites you to pay the village a visit.