Delaware County Council was proud to bring messages of support and appreciation to the staff and residents of Fair Acres on May 13. Council hand delivered cards, letters, and artwork created by residents across the county. They also placed signs thanking the facility’s “healthcare heroes” on the lawn at Fair Acres and posters to display inside of the facility.
The cards and letters were collected from members of the community over the past few weeks to deliver to long-term care facilities across the county. Over the past two weeks, the County has also sent catered meals to some of the long-term care facilities in the county that have suffered the greatest impact from COVID-19.
COVID-19 has greatly impacted both residents and staff at long-term care facilities across the nation. Given their congregate nature and resident population served, (older adults often with underlying chronic medical conditions), long-term care facilities and personal care homes are at the highest risk of being affected by COVID-19. A large percentage of positive COVID-19 cases are from long-term care facilities. As of May 13, 40 of the 62 long-term care facilities in Delaware County have a positive COVID-19 case. There have been 330 resident deaths at long-term care facilities in Delaware County.
The Chester County Health Department assists these facilities and homes to identify cases, review practices, and manage the spread of COVID-19. Delaware County Council and various Delaware County Departments have been in constant communication with long-term care facilities and personal care homes in the county to address their needs and assist in areas including obtaining PPE and other resources.
Both the staff and residents are dealing with a highly contagious virus. The staff is working in a stressful environment and residents aren’t able to see their loved ones at a time when they need interaction and support from family and friends the most.
“During this incredibly difficult time, a hand-written card, a sign, or a meal is a small way we can show our support for both the healthcare heroes who are on the front lines caring for our most vulnerable population and also for the residents of long-term care facilities who may be feeling fearful and lonely,” said Dr. Monica Taylor, Vice-Chair of Delaware County Council. “We want them to know that we understand how difficult this is and that the County supports them.”
Donations are still being collected. The community is invited to mail cards, letters, and signs to:
2545 Market Street
Aston, PA 19014
Items can also be dropped off to that location Monday through Friday from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.