A note of Thanksgiving from EveryAge CEO Lee Syria

November 24, 2021

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”  1 Chronicles 16:34

Dear Friends,

Thanksgiving Day marks the time of year when we show gratitude to friends, family and others for all their good works.  Thanksgiving is that special day when we express gratitude for the blessings in our lives and make important connections with friends and loved-ones. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and be thankful for all that God has given us.

 

The Thanksgiving holiday also offers the perfect time of the year for me to pause and say THANK YOU to each of you. I am very thankful for your service and dedication to those we serve throughout our EveryAge ministries! This year, I continue to be amazed by and grateful for each of you and the work that you do.  Words can’t express how much I appreciate each of you for choosing to be a part of the EveryAge team. 

 

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) released a short documentary titled, ‘Closed Doors, Open Hearts: Nursing Homes and COVID-19” to bring about public awareness to the challenges for residents and their families, as well as the heroes (each of you) that fought to keep residents safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.   I encourage you to watch the video and share with others at the following link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtK_RIIyMpA .

I know many of you are exhausted, so as I shared last year as we continue to wait to reach the light at the end of the tunnel, continue to stay strong, love one another, and give thanks to God.   

I wish you a Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, food, fellowship, joy and gratitude!

Gratefully,

Lee

 

More about the video link from the American Health Care Association:

The film was produced by the Association in 2021 to bring public attention to the many challenges for long term care residents and families, as well as the heroes that fought to keep residents safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It provides an intimate look at the day-to-day reality of the COVID-19 pandemic in two long term care facilities. Ararat Nursing Facility is a non-profit organization founded in 1949 that operates three residential care and nursing facilities on two campuses in Los Angeles and serves as a cultural center for the Armenian community. The Edgewood Centre is a family-owned, 150-bed senior care and rehab facility in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with the mission to provide resident-driven care.

These two providers are different in many ways – from geography to the sheer facility size – but they shared many of the same experiences throughout the course of the pandemic. Despite repeated requests for assistance, long term care residents and staff were not made a priority by public health agencies. Like many providers across the country, Ararat and Edgewood were forced to cope with inadequate and delayed access to testing and a national shortage of personal protective equipment. Yet, facing incredible obstacles, staff continued to care for residents when they were needed most.

“Closed Doors, Open Hearts: Nursing Homes and COVID-19” has a running time of approximately 26 minutes and can be viewed here.