It’s been over two months since the beginning of restrictions due to COVID-19, and we are happy to announce that The Saybrook at Haddam remains corona-free. We can attribute this success to the high level of consciousness of our staff and the cooperation of our residents and their families (and to the grace of God).
The state entered Phase 1 of its reopening plan on May 20th and we expect Phase 2 to begin on June 20th. While it is human nature to feel some relief with these developments, please remain vigilant and patient. It may be tempting to try and “buck the system” by having window visits and pulling chairs closer together than the recommended six feet or by taking off/pulling down masks so we can see and hear one another better. Some people might say, “I don’t care if I get sick. I want to hug my family.” While that may be their choice, they are not taking into consideration that they are not only endangering their own life, but also the lives of others; specifically, all the people who live and work here (and
families and friends, and so on).
We serve the most vulnerable population and must maintain the highest standards and precautions. Long term care facilities, including our community, will not see relaxing of restrictions until Phase 3, which we estimate (but do not guarantee) will be sometime in July. We don’t know what this “relaxing” will look like but are optimistic. We are still waiting on direction from DPH with regard to community-wide testing.
In the meantime, please schedule window visits and FaceTime or Zoom calls with Recreation. Merri Anne Larensen, Director of IL/AL Recreation, can be reached at
or by calling 860-345-3774. Susan Judge, Director of Safe Harbor Recreation, can be reached at
or by calling 860-345-3779.
We have purchased cloth face masks for all residents which will be distributed over the next few days. Masks will be distributed to each resident and will be washed with their laundry.
Keep an eye out for next week’s newsletter with information on Father’s Day Drive-up visits. Mother’s Day was such a success, we’re doing it again for the dads!