By ROB JONAS
While the rest of the world is adjusting to a new normal, Peregrine Senior Living continues to abide by “The Peregrine Way.”
“It’s the unique journey that each person goes through,” said director Heidi Hayes. “It’s a very individualized plan, and we work very closely with their family members to get a full picture of their life’s journey. We really try to embrace the whole of each person.”
Peregrine Senior Living is a memory care facility for people suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and varying degrees of dementia. For that reason, the Clifton Park-based facility has made a point to maintain a normal schedule of activities for their residents, even as COVID-19 has altered the schedules of much of the general public.
“They’re being socially distanced, but they are able to eat together and keep their normal schedules,” said community relations director Stephanie Walsh.
“Routine for our residents is very important. It helps keep them in balance,” added Hayes.
The only other change is that families have not been able to visit their loved ones during the pandemic. However, Peregrine has been doing its part to keep families connected electronically.
“We have really gotten to use technology. We have been using FaceTime, Skype and Zoom to give family members the ability to visit virtually… which helps maintain connections and comfort for our residents” said Hayes. “Peregrine is their home and despite these challenging COVID times within the outside world, the systems and routines and individualized care approaches that we implement always have seemed to create a therapeutic daily balance for our residents, so that the effects of this pandemic here are minimally felt. Our residents show comfort in being home. That is an underlying blessing for our unique memory care community.”
By maintaining as close to a sense of normalcy within Peregrine’s walls as possible, Hayes said the residents have responded well.
Peregrine Senior Living is located at 1 Emma Lane in Clifton Park, just off Route 146 near the intersection with Moe Road. For more information or to schedule a virtual tour, call 518-371-2200 or visit peregrineseniorliving.com/clifton-park/