The future is bright for residents as 94% have received the COVID-19 vaccine
It's been one year since the coronavirus pandemic turned Americans' lives upside down. As residents at Seabrook, an Erickson Living-managed senior living community in Tinton Falls, N.J., look back on an unpreceded year, they're grateful for the support provided and are looking forward to the brighter days ahead.
Maureen Sullivan and her husband, Tom, moved to Seabrook soon after Hurricane Sandy devastated the East coast in 2012. They were thankful to be at Seabrook, where many of the everyday essentials were taken care of, and they could rely on the community's strong leadership. Eight years later, they're happier than ever to call Seabrook home.
“When COVID-19 hit, Seabrook quickly adapted,” says Maureen. “The staff was awesome throughout this challenging time.”
Maureen and Tom are both very active on campus. They participate in the square dance group, the Seabrook Performers, and assist in the Treasure Shop and church community.
“I was also pleased to learn something completely new when I came to Seabrook. I work the mics in the media room for both the Seabrook Performers' shows and at church,” says Maureen. “Every Friday, I co-host the Seabrook ‘Today Show' at 10 a.m. We discuss the weather and the week's upcoming happenings on campus.”
Although the pandemic meant that some activities were temporarily canceled, Maureen was impressed with Seabrook's efforts to adapt and keep residents safe, noting that meetings were held virtually on Zoom and that common areas were disinfected daily.
“Seabrook handled the pandemic amazingly well,” says Maureen.
The slower pace of life during the pandemic also offered them the opportunity to connect with their neighbors.
“The ‘silver lining' of this past year was the closeness we found with our neighbors,” she says. “We relied on each other, remaining socially distant and wearing masks.”
Throughout the many challenges posed by the pandemic, Seabrook has persevered and continued to attract new residents.
“Whether it was a traditional in-person appointment or a virtual tour, the comfort of our visitors has been our top priority,” says Sales Director Dan Simms. “As a result, 67 new residents have decided to call Seabrook home in the past twelve months. We continue to hear from residents and their family members that Seabrook's service sets us apart.”
The community celebrated the opening of the new Essex Pub and continued its Town Square renovation during this difficult year as well.
“I am so proud of Seabrook and our corporate partners at Erickson Living for working together from the beginning of the pandemic to activate a comprehensive plan to protect the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff,” says Executive Director Phil Jean. “With our safety precautions in place, residents were able to enjoy our amenities and activities on campus and participate in entertaining virtual events.”
Now that the vaccine has arrived, there is even greater optimism for the future.
“We were scheduled at a certain day and time to go and get our shot,” Maureen says of Seabrook's on-site vaccination clinic. “It was very well-organized and a happy day for all.”
More than 94% of Seabrook's residents are now fully vaccinated, promising a swift return to the full and engaging lifestyle that makes the community such a great place to live.
Amenities are open on campus with safety precautions in place including the fitness center, all-season pool, art studio, and woodshop. Residents are enjoying a variety of activities such as poker, art classes, yoga, billiards, bocce, and more.
To learn more about life at Seabrook and what makes it the perfect independent living community for seniors, request a brochure, or schedule an appointment.