COVID, Visits, Gratitude...

We are hopeful that this letter finds you well. We are happy to report that as of this writing, all who live at Noble remain COVID free.

Statewide cases and hospitalizations are declining and there is cautious optimism that this trajectory will continue. We constantly evaluate our COVID safety protocols and update them according to the evolving CDC, DPH, and CMS containment policies.

The State has recently begun a comprehensive testing program for all who live and work in nursing homes. We have not yet been informed of when this will take place as we have no cases of COVID and the initial priority is to conduct testing in facilities that do have it.

In other developments, the Governor has signed an Executive Order to ensure that all nursing homes are providing some sort of communication with family members. This primarily includes virtual visits via Skype, Zoom, etc. which Noble has been doing since early March. While our buildings remain closed to visitors indefinitely, after May 20 we will be able to support on-site visitation in a very structured way.

We have constructed a setting to provide safe outside visitation off the Wickman Room. The visits will be carefully structured to protect residents but will give families a welcome opportunity to see and reconnect with loved ones. We look forward to sharing more about this exciting initiative in our next newsletter.

Please stay well and stay in touch!


Fun Fridays

We continue to find new ways to create joy during these unusual times, and it seems that our best ideas emerge on Fridays. Last Friday we hosted a Macarena parade followed by ice cream sundaes and this week bubbles were the theme after which we handed out root beer floats from our roving ice cream cart.


Stronger Together: Noble's Gratitude

We are extremely grateful for the local community's strong support during this difficult time. We would especially like to recognize The Hotchkiss School's ongoing PPE donations, including student Nicole Morikawa's 'responsible. together' mask project ("I created the name, 'responsible. together.' because I believe these words embody the importance of being responsible not just to ourselves, but to each other."). Faculty and staff members have used their advanced sewing skills to make durable gowns in accordance with CDC COVID infection protocols and teachers from the school's EFX Lab who are making plastic shields with the school's 3D printer.

Other generous donations have come from the Salisbury School and community members who have responded to the ongoing need for PPE. On Mother's Day, Roaring Oaks florist gifted mothers at Noble with carnations and our Pre-K friends at Salisbury Central School continue to shower us with cheerful and original drawings. Such acts of kindness remind us that we are stronger together and we are deeply grateful to be part of such a generous, thoughtful community.


Programs

On May 12th, Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan presented an illustrated Zoom discussion explaining Scenic Husdson's launch of the modern environmental movement in the 1960s and its ongoing commitment to protect the air, water, land and farms throughout the region. Click here for the presentation!

Other Zoom programs include Noble's free balance class on Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 am and Studio Lakeville Leslie Eckstein's 1-1:30 pm Senior Workout class on Mondays and Wednesdays (changed from Thursdays). Upcoming programs include a 5-week class on Shakespeare's comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with veteran Hotchkiss School instructor Jim Fornshell beginning on June 2, a "Live from the Hive" adventure with Silo Ridge beekeeper Gino Robustelli, a Zoom visit to Frederic Church's Olana and much more. Please check the Noble website for updates and schedules.

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As signs of fall emerge, we are happy to report that Noble Horizons remains 100% Covid-free.  Every team member has twice tested negative for the virus and all living at Noble continue to be healthy.  Like you, we had hoped that Covid challenges would not persist as they have but we are humbled by the sacrifices, commitment and hard work of so many who have kept Noble Horizons safe, vibrant and flourishing.

Salisbury temperatures will be dipping to 35 this weekend, a stark reminder that fall arrives on Tuesday. Fortunately, the days remain warm enough to enjoy weekly barbeques, outdoor family visits, golf cart rides, fishing, courtyard activities and bounteous harvests from the Noble gardens.  In fact, most of our barbeques feature vegetables and herbs picked just moments before they are served.

Throughout the pandemic during which Noble Horizons has remained COVID-free, we have been committed to ensuring families remain close and in touch.  One of the most meaningful initiatives we have undertaken is the design and construction by Noble team members of a visitation center which provides a cherished opportunity for families to spend time together.

Summer is in full swing and Noble is buzzing!nWe are enjoying lunch outside, revivifying walks amidst the spectacular flowers blooming across campus, worship services in our sheltered courtyards, birdwatching around the ponds, barbecues, family visits and much more.

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