“The residents of Leisure Villas showed up in costumes and BYU gear, marching down the street to patriotic music, waving and throwing out candy.”
(Photo and Article re-distributed with permission from The Lehi Free Press)
Without a doubt, Covid19 has changed our world. Likely there will be lasting repercussions from this. One of the things that has people concerned, is our aging citizens and keeping a safe distance from them.
A couple weeks ago, The Lehi Free Press posted an article in their paper about one of our 55+ communities that decided to enjoy each other’s company as best and safe as they could.
We were flattered that they even mentioned our company, since Leisure Villas has since sold out that particular community. Still, this article highlights one of the amazing aspects of our product, and that is the joy our customers get from our lifestyle oriented communities.
So here’s that article:
Lehi Free Press – April 16th by Briana Warner
Lehi Senior Community, Leisure Villas Creates Socially Distanced Parade
The Leisure Villas at Pioneer Crossing is a 55 and older community in Lehi. On Thursday, March 9, they joined in a socially distanced parade to spread some love and cheer.
Sybil Palmer is the self-appointed activity director of the Leisure Villas community. Palmer worked hard to come up with a way that she and her neighbors could safely see each other during this crazy time. In this community of residents over the age of 55, the risks are very real for fatal cases ofCOVID-19. Fortunately for Leisure Villas, there have been no cases of COVID-19 within the community of 175 residents. In a time when all residents are being told to stay indoors, “I just wanted to bring a little joy into people’s lives,” said Palmer. “We’ve all been hunkered down, we don’t get to see our grandchildren or each other and it’s lonely.”
In a normal week, Leisure Villas is actively social through group dinners, movie and game nights.
“We are like a little village unto ourselves here,” said Palmer. “We take care of each other. We see each other more than our families.” Now, that· has all changed. Two weeks ago, the community joined for a wave on their front lawns in order to see each other. “My kids came to visit me and they stood on the porch and I looked out my bedroom window,” recalls Palmer. “I see families come all the time and visit with chairs on the lawn.”
In a time when many are afraid, this Lehi community has chosen to stay positive and find fun ways to show love and support.
Lifestyle vs fear
Over the last couple months, everyone’s lifestyles have changed. We don’t know what will happen in the short or long-term because of this, but this article is inspiring, because it shows that even when we’re forced to restrict our social behaviors, we can still find ways to safely come together and responsibly spread some cheer.
As restrictions ease up, and we’re able to see each other more often, it will still be important going forward to exercise caution and be responsible for our actions and how those might affect others. But as this article demonstrates, just because we have to be careful, doesn’t mean that we have to hide.
These truly are crazy times, but with the support of great neighbors, friends, and family, we’ll find a way to be social and safe.