The Rest Home semi-annual membership meeting, held on April 24., drew over 20 participants to Annan Maja. After enjoying the delicious cinnamon rolls and coffee, served by the Rest Home kitchen, the members sat down to hear the report of the current situation.
Katja Pukkila brought greetings from the Assisted Living side, summarizing the events of the past year-and-a-half. She said that the facility has experienced only one COVID outbreak, and that the employees have been working well as a team, and have excelled during this challenging time. Katja also appreciates the support of the families and the community. The patio areas and Annan Maja have been utilized for family visits and various activities, and have served the facility well.
The Executive Director, Dan Benson, presented the semi-annual report, in which he reported that the one and only outbreak of COVID-19 in the facility was in July 2020. He also emphasized that the employees have done a good job during this challenging time. Facility-wide vaccinations began in January 2021, and our facility has since been approved as a provider for the vaccinations. The staff are still being tested on a weekly basis. Dan Benson expressed his appreciation for the Finnish community’s donation of the protective masks last year, especially since, at the time, it was very hard to procure them.
Financial assistance received from the government has been a big help for nursing home facilities, so too for the Rest Home. During the past year we have added to the number of our Finnish residents, as well as to the number of our Finnish employees.
The future plans for the Rest Home include many new projects. The nurses’ station on the Skilled Nursing side will get a face lift. The resurfacing of the parking lot is also on the calendar for the coming year. We have also decided that the Alarik House, which has not been in use for several years, is going to be our next big project. The Rest Home needs more space to expand its services, and we plan to use Alarik House for the expansion. The renovations will be expensive, and we have applied for a government grant for this project. The grant will only cover part of the expenses, which means we will need our own capital, as well as donations, for the project.
The meeting ended with applause in gratitude to all for their good work.