Coming up on three years of enduring the COVID-19 pandemic and the hardships associated with social distancing, testing, inoculations, and quarantining, Beacon has had its share of tough times. It’s people like our very own Aubry Napier, District Director – Bronco West, and her staff that helps keep the lights on and our residents safe. Leading by example comes naturally to our caregivers who tirelessly ensure that their residents have what they need and are living their best lives.
Last week, all residents and many of the staff came out of quarantine at one of the homes. Although the residents were nervous and scared that such a large percentage tested positive, they awoke every day knowing they were being cared for.
“These guys went through it and a few of us were right there with them”
“These guys went through it and a few of us were right there with them,” said Napier. “The home went on lock down November 29th; no one could leave, and no one could come in. the [residents] were openly nervous about the virus spreading through the home and stressed about being stuck in the home.”
Of their own volition, the residents collectively chose to quarantine in their rooms to help prevent further spread of the virus. They ate, took medication, and hung out in their rooms alone to protect others. A testament of the ICARE values at Beacon and protecting others.
For 13 days residents and staff alike stayed in the Bridge Home, having care packages and food delivered and entertainment hosted within the home to take everyone’s minds off things.
In the waning hours of the quarantine, Aubry spent time talking with a few residents before she was comfortable going home to her family.
Are you guys really leaving tomorrow? One resident asked her. When she responded with a weary “yes” she was met with a response that would bring a tear to any caregiver’s eye.
“I’m going to miss you guys. I got used to you being here. It was like being home with family again”
“I’m going to miss you guys. I got used to you being here. It was like being home with family again” one resident said.
Napier stated this is why she does what she does. Even through the long hours and tough days she leads by example for her staff and residents.
“This right here explains why I do what I do, why I love my job, and why quarantining was worth it!” Said Napier. Leading by example is what drives the Beacon mission of providing the highest quality care to residents to reach their goals and live rich lives.