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In the coming weeks we'll be sharing stories of love, friendship, and teamwork. Stories that show how being together and helping each other has made us stronger and safer.

As we care for each other, we are also thinking about those around us. Family, friends, coworkers, and everyone who has spent time with us or stays connected to us through these updates. Please always let us know how we can help. We're here for you.

Our culture of caring for and supporting each other has never been more important.

 

Help When You Need It

Ordering groceries online, how do I do that? Being sure I have what I need, where can I find it? Not sure if I'm safe, how can I tell? It doesn't matter the topic or need, our support and wellness staff are making sure questions are answered, there's help with safe solutions, and residents have peace of mind.

No one has to worry, or be faced with figuring things out on their own. They have care, a kind voice, and support for anything they need.

 

Using Technology to Help

Our internal TV network has been invaluable. We are constantly sharing up to date health and prevention information so residents stay informed from the comfort of their sofa. And our CEO Nadia records updates regularly so everyone is connected and part of our planning and approach.

Many resident programs are shifting to TV. Our instructors are live streaming exercise and wellness programs so residents can join in and stay healthy. And we are adding more content all the time, sharing activities and fun ways to stay engaged including a new take on Bingo, which starts next week.

Our menus are broadcast so entrees can be chosen for delivery to their residence. And a lot of this content can be called up by voice with the Amazon Echo equipped with our Admiral Skill available to all residents.

 

Culinary Deliciousness on the Move

Our culinary team's reaction makes us all proud. They have shifted our restaurant service to in-residence dining. Residents select from options presented on our internal TV, then fresh and delicious meals are delivered each day.

Deliveries are left at their door, with a "ring and retreat" approach. One of our staff even waited at a safe distance and sang an Italian song when their meatballs were delivered. Everyone is staying safe, getting some extra cheer, and uninterrupted culinary services.

 

Resident to Resident Touchless

The residents run an internal website where they share all kinds of information and stay connected to each other. This touchless way to share information, insights, and stories, keeps everyone safe while they're being informed.

Connecting in this way, sharing their experiences and insights, is allowing everyone to care for each other as they feel cared for. And they share the same support in safe ways for the less techy amongst us. Working together they feel and are safer.

 

 

 

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Our residents' recent words to us remind us how grateful we are to be together and they mean so much to all of our staff.

We want to share some of them with you.

 


What a team you all are! We are encouraged and calmed by your greetings and smiles … and the wave when we respond to the doorbell ring that announces dinner; and the communications that keep us informed!

And a thank you to you to the staff we do not see either because you are “behind the scenes” or because we are “hanging out” in our apartment and can’t see you through our peephole!

We are grateful to be in this community and grateful to you and your families (for sharing you) for your individual contributions that make this community special.

To the tune of "Happy Birthday"

We're so grateful for you
Without you what would we do?
You're our friends and our helpers
We’re so grateful for you!

We're so glad you are here
Trying to bring us good cheer
Please accept our true thank you
We're so grateful to you!

Gerry and Linda

 

 


Dukie and I could not be happier when watching the exercise videos. We feel sort of connected and healthier. Thanks for providing the wonderful stuff.

Nina

 


I would like to give a big shout out to our staff, which is totally engaged in making sure that we are well fed and safe! The problem is that you have to do this work without direct contact with any of us, all reminding you what a great job each of you is doing!! I’m sure that makes your job that much harder!!!

Do not forget, we love you, each and every one!! I especially miss not being able to tell each of you thank you for how much better you are making my day ...

I can’t wait to see your smiles, gossip, hear about your day, how your kids are, or how school is going!! It is an essential part of why I love living here.

I hope you can hang in there ‘til we can appear again, and thank you in person!!! Consider yourselves all hugged, thanked and mightily appreciated!!

YOU ARE WHAT MAKES THE ADMIRAL THE BEST!!!

Karen

 


You guys are terrific ! You're providing the same wonderful service you always have. And at great risk. We are so, so appreciative. I don't know what we would do without you.

Thanks so very much.

Clark

 


Hero

A person who is admired for having done something very brave
You are our heroes every day!

Each person at the Admiral is a hero to our family. We cannot thank you enough for taking care of our mother and all of her friends.

Nursing Staff
Front Desk
Maintenance
Culinary Services
Kitchen
Housekeeping
Activities
Administration
Board of Directors
and everyone else we have failed to mention.

You are fighting for the well being of our loved ones, no doubt sacrificing time with your loved ones.
You are in our thoughts and prayers, our heads and our hearts each day.

Cynthia & Tom

 


Many thanks to all of you wonderful food deliverers. You are like Santa's elves. The doorbell rings, and usually by the time I get there, you are gone from our 2 apartment area but my bag of goodies is there on the shelf. I wish I could thank you more often in person, but I do want you all to know how much I appreciate your help.

Carol

 


I absolutely want to extend my DEEPEST GRATITUDE to you and all the staff at the Admiral. It seems like months have passed since I called the Admiral around 3/10 when my brother and I were talking about visiting my mom and dad on the weekend ...

I am so grateful that you were proactive in your response to this crisis. Most importantly, I am grateful to know that the staff we have come to love and rely upon to take care of our parents are continuing to do so every day despite the stress that it has inevitably put on their own families and loved ones.

We know you are taking the best care of them as always. While we worry about our mom and dad and miss seeing them, it is comforting to know that the dedicated nurses, care partners, and all the other staff are there for them every day.

I look forward with hope to the day this is over and I can see you all again and thank you in person. You are in my thoughts daily!!

With warmest regards,

Maia

 

 

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Good Neighbors Doing Good

Koval Distillery is a neighbor. The only things our residents have liked more than the tour, was the free samples. Bill, who has toured us in the past, reached out and asked" how can we help?".

They have shifted their focus to making and distributing alcohol based hand sanitizer to those in need. Completely free. That's a good neighbor.

Our local 28th St District Precinct Police Station and us were the first deliveries. They are now working with Chicago officials and continuing to provide hand sanitizer where it's needed most.

We are thankful to and proud of our neighbor. Our shared values matter when it matters most.

Please consider donating to their GoFundMe campaign to help them help those around them.

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