Pohai Nani helps residents safely engage in community activities

Keeping residents active and having fun

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Pohai Nani is keeping their residents busy and active during this pandemic! Not only is the senior retirement community providing residents with new activities, but it’s also keeping them safe and healthy while having fun during these changing times.

Pohai Nani has been providing residents a number of exercise options, including Zoom and hallway exercise classes.

“Residents are enjoying the exercise options very much. While they want life to return to ‘normal,’ they are making the most of this new ‘norm’ for now,” says Patricia Camero, executive director of Good Samaritan Pohai Nani.

In order to better protect the health of both employees and residents, Pohai Nani has implemented a series of new practices. All employees are screened before they begin their work. This includes temperature checks and a questionnaire regarding their health status and any recent travel. Pohai Nani also checks the temperature of residents daily as well as ensuring they are not feeling any coronavirus symptoms.

To achieve social distancing among staff and residents, Pohai Nani utilizes verbal reminders.

“Most of the residents are very good at remembering the social distancing requirement. They also remind each other,” Camero says. “Staff are clear on the social distancing rule of six feet. If they need to be within the six feet in caring for a resident, they have the appropriate PPE.”

Every week, Pohai Nani also has pep rallies on Mondays and Thursdays to thank healthcare workers on the frontline.

“At each rally we cheer, sing, dance, and make ┬ánoise. We dedicate the cheers as thank-yous to the front line healthcare workers who are working so hard to keep everyone safe,” says Camero. “One of our residents has a bubble machine, so she adds bubbles to the fun!”

During these changing times, it’s been of the utmost importance for the staff at Pohai Nani to keep residents healthy and in good spirits. And their family members have noticed!

“You folks are doing such an amazing job with the balcony sing-alongs, and the snack cart. I am so grateful that we were able to get him into Pohai Nani,” said one family member.

For more information: Pohainani.org