Brookdale Welcoming Families Back into Communities

NASHVILLE, Tenn., — A little over a year after visitor restrictions were put into place as one measure to help protect residents from COVID-19, Brookdale communities across the country are now able to lift those restrictions to allow both outdoor AND indoor visits, subject to specific state guidance.

The applicable state regulatory agencies in the 43 states in which Brookdale operates have adapted guidance to align with the recently updated protocols from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and/or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) allowing assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing facilities to loosen restrictions on visits. Assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing communities that meet the state specific requirements are beginning to let families and loved ones in for visits again!  Independent living communities that are not licensed by the state but which had restricted visits as a measure of protection have also lifted visit restrictions.

Brookdale President and Chief Executive Officer Lucinda “Cindy” Baier was pleased that more families can start to join their loved ones in their communities again. “Brookdale has worked hard to keep our residents engaged and connected with their families, even when visits were not possible, by increasing use of technology and employing new ideas such as window visits and car parades. But there is no substitute for an actual visit with loved ones right inside a Brookdale community, our residents’ home. We are thrilled to see families again connecting in person. We’re excited to move into this next phase, guided by the CDC, CMS, and the applicable state health authorities.”

States such as Rhode IslandWashington and Florida have already been able to schedule families for indoor visits. In some states, state health departments have updated guidance to allow for “brief contact.”

The week that Brookdale West Bay in Rhode Island resumed in-person visits, the state released new guidance allowing for hugs. Resident Hazel Slocum was left speechless when she got to hug her son and daughter-in-law, Phil and Lauren. “You done great kid,” said Phil as he hugged his mother for the first time in a year. Their story, and others, can be seen on this episode of NBC Dateline.

In Washington, in-person visits resumed at Brookdale West Seattle on March 22, 2021Adrienne Gregory’s daughter was able to visit for three hours and they were able to hug for the first time since March. Gregory remarked how, “it felt good to be together again.”

About Brookdale
Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is the leading operator of senior living communities throughout the United States. The Company is committed to providing senior living solutions primarily within properties that are designed, purpose-built and operated to provide the highest-quality service, care and living accommodations for residents. Brookdale operates and manages independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care retirement communities, with 726 communities in 43 states and the ability to serve approximately 64,000 residents as of December 31, 2020. The Company also offers a range of home health, hospice and outpatient therapy services to over 17,000 patients as of that date. For more Brookdale news, go to

Seniors at Waltonwood communities are still encouraged to wear their face masks and keep socially distanced, as recommended by the CDC, but now can feel more secure in their safety and more confident in their communities as they begin their new normal.

Waltonwood Senior Living Reaches Optimum Vaccination Rate at its Michigan Communities

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – Since the vaccination clinics started this year, Waltonwood Senior Living has reached a 95% vaccination rate for all residents at its Michigan communities. Knowing the challenges and concerns faced by the senior living industry, the Waltonwood leadership team is ecstatic to reach such a high participation number and is proud of how smoothly and quickly its operations have managed this vital period, as well as the safety of all residents and associates through the transitions. Richard Mabe, Regional Director of Operations for Waltonwood communities in Michigan, was a major factor in driving the success of these communities’ vaccination rollout plan.

“I could not be prouder of our Executive Directors and all of their team members – from their excellent communication, high quality of care, and positivity maintained through this whole process,” says Mabe. “Day-to-day, we rely on our associates and their relationships with our residents to keep our communities going, and their commitment and dedication to their community families has been stronger than ever.”

Steven Tyshka, Director of Operations for Waltonwood Senior Living, believes the hard work and dedication of associates made the clinics successful. “It’s no secret that we hold a high standard for our upscale senior living communities, and I believe that we have strongly exemplified that in keeping our seniors, their family members and associates informed throughout the vaccination process,” says Tyshka. “The most important part – and what we’ve been striving for – is that this means stronger certainty for our residents, and more hope for a brighter tomorrow as we continue to protect and care for seniors.”

Seniors at Waltonwood communities are still encouraged to wear their face masks and keep socially distanced, as recommended by the CDC, but now can feel more secure in their safety and more confident in their communities as they begin their new normal.

The Waltonwood Senior Living communities in Michigan include Waltonwood Carriage Park and Waltonwood Cherry Hill in Canton, Waltonwood Twelve Oaks in Novi, Waltonwood Main in Rochester, Waltonwood University in Rochester Hills, Waltonwood Royal Oak in Royal Oak, and Waltonwood Lakeside in Sterling Heights.

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Waltonwood Senior Living offers independent living, assisted living and memory care services in Michigan, North Carolina and Virginia. Waltonwood serves as a benchmark in senior living options, with elegant housing and a wide spectrum of services and care options. Each community features unique architecture and impressive landscaping and provides residents with a maintenance-free lifestyle so they can enjoy all the comforts of their own home.

Singh is a family-owned company and for more than 45 years they have remained multifaceted in real estate development, with a strong foundation in luxury apartments, commercial properties, land development, high-end single-family homes and, for more than 30 years, senior living communities which have been branded “Waltonwood.” The vertical integration of the company, which provides for development, construction, finance and management under one umbrella, allows Singh to be poised for new opportunities in expanding markets. All projects are owned and operated by Singh management.

The company is headquartered in West Bloomfield, Mich. and has a regional office in Cary, N.C. Learn more about Singh and its Waltonwood communities at If you are interested in learning more about Waltonwood Senior Living, please visit or call 248-865-1600.

Solterra Companies Commences Development on $38M Age-Healthy Community in Castle Rock

DENVER , Colo. – Solterra Companies, a senior housing developer and operator, recently announced the groundbreaking of its new $38 million age-healthy community, Bridgewater Living, in Castle Rock, Colo. Located at 4001 Home Street, the 142 unit residential healthcare community sits on a 6.63 acre hilltop overlooking various scenic buttes and peaks of the surrounding area. A short drive from the I-25, this community is a state-of-the-art health and wellness campus for those looking to live a longer and healthier life.

“We’re excited to get our new age-healthy community in the works in Colorado,” said Steve Jorgenson, CEO and president of Solterra Companies. “This unique health and wellness campus focuses on a whole-person health, fitness, and wellness philosophy. What sets us apart from other residential healthcare communities is that our team includes registered nurses, and other health professionals who integrate a health and wellness approach throughout our community.”

Bridgewater Living, a pet-friendly community, will include a full service dining room, scenic walking trails, a dog park, sunken gardens for residents to enjoy as well as activity spaces for its engaging activity programs and more. Unlike most generational communities activity programs, Solterra Companies’ daily activity approach will create and deploy resident engagement products that measure resident participation, positive health and wellness outcomes, and interactive resident socialization goals.

Bridgewater Living, expected to open in summer 2022, was funded in partnership with the Douglas County Housing Authority and Multi-Family Housing Revenue Bonds. The community will begin to take deposits starting fall 2020. For more information about Solterra Companies, please visit

Solterra Companies provides hands-on, detailed, and focused solutions for Senior Independent and Assisted Living Communities. Its team has extensive experience in project formation and development, financial modeling, operations management, marketing, leasing, cash-flow stabilization, asset management, health care integration, and strategic planning. For more information, please visit

Woodland Terrace Celebrates Fighting Coronavirus with 90% Vaccination Rate

CARY, N.C., – Today, Woodland Terrace (a Kisco Senior Living community) is throwing a big party to celebrate that over 90% of its residents have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (and more have started their first round) with an afternoon of pandemic-style partying – socially distanced and smiles underneath their masks. The community is offering their residents Corona beer, candies with motivational messages, chips with dips, and cake! The main feature: boxing gloves, because they fought the coronavirus together, “knocking it out” of their community with a high vaccination rate and the help of their pharmacy partner, Walgreens.

Two residents, Steve and Judy Bank, were so excited that they could get their COVID-19 shots so early. “I just want to go in a store and try out clothes again,” says Judy. “We still have to be very cautious but are learning more about it and have been safe all this time thanks to Woodland Terrace,” the couple shared.

These Cary seniors are ready and excited to start getting back to normal and have been putting their plans to paper – literally! With each vaccination clinic, the community provided “What’s Next?” sheets for its residents to share what they are looking forward to next. Some residents shared plans to see their family or explore the town, and others were simply thankful to feel safer.

“I personally will breathe a sigh of relief because we are that much closer to being able to do the things that the residents love,” says Stephie Watts, assistant wellness director at Woodland Terrace. “Outings to parks, museums, restaurants, dining together with their neighbors and most of all, hugs!

Like his residents, Executive Director Matt Towler expresses pride and gratitude for his Woodland Terrace team of associates. “We have all put in a tremendous amount of effort this past year and put up a tough fight that is paying off,” said Towler. “Social distancing and masks kept us apart, but we all feel closer and very much look forward to a safe transition back to group activity and continuing to support each other the way we always have.”

Residents and associates at Woodland Terrace will still be taking safety precautions as advised by the CDC, including social distancing, wearing face masks, and sanitizing frequently. All residents and associates are tested for COVID-19 often using pooled-saliva testing for quick identification of COVID-19 in the community.


Woodland Terrace, a Kisco senior living community in Cary, North Carolina, offers maintenance-free independent living apartment homes, cottages and assisted living and memory care apartment homes located on 22 acres of lushly landscaped grounds with the charm and comfort of a small southern town. This warm and friendly community features a variety of amenities and services including chef-prepared meals, a state-of-the-art wellness center, personal chauffer service, extensive engaging events and activities, as well as access to on-site therapy and rehabilitation for residents as needed.

Woodland Terrace embraces Kisco Confidence, our unique approach and philosophy centered on giving residents and associates peace of mind knowing that our communities deliver on safety and security, trust and transparency, health and wellbeing and a 5-star lifestyle experience. For more information, call (919) 465-0356 or go to

Brookdale Surpasses Raising $18 Million For Alzheimer’s Care, Support And Research

NASHVILLE, Tenn., — In a year like no other, Brookdale Senior Living continued to be a leader in fundraising to fight Alzheimer’s disease. During 2020, in the midst of serving and supporting tens of thousands of residents, patients, and associates during the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Brookdale team maintained its commitment to supporting those seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s, and raised almost $1.2 million as a National Team for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. With this contribution, Brookdale has raised more than $18 million since 2008 to support the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

This fundraising is incredibly important for supporting the millions of Americans who are currently living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the millions who may be affected in the future. In pursuit of its vision of a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association advances research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure. The Association is also a leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research and care initiatives at the federal, state and local level.

“I am incredibly grateful for the compassion and commitment of all the members of our Brookdale team,” said Lucinda (“Cindy”) Baier, Brookdale’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It is incredible and admirable that, despite all the hardships and challenges that 2020 brought, our team still kept in their hearts the need to fight Alzheimer’s. They still found ways to continue our tradition of supporting this important cause.” Baier added, “Within Brookdale’s Clare Bridge communities where we offer specialized dementia care with a person-centered approach, we see the impact of Alzheimer’s every day. We look forward to the day when there is a cure and support this cause fully.”

Brookdale raised the funds through associate, resident and family participation in local Walk to End Alzheimer’s events and from company business partners. Sara Terry, Senior Vice President of Resident & Family Engagement, explained, “Because of the pandemic, participants switched from group walks and other in-person events to connecting virtually. In this way, they continued to share their mutual commitment while following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines. I couldn’t be prouder of those who made this happen!”

“The Alzheimer’s Association congratulates and thanks Brookdale Senior Living for another astounding year as a National Team for Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Donna McCullough, chief development and field officer for the Alzheimer’s Association. “The unwavering commitment of Brookdale’s community across the country has fueled critical Alzheimer’s Association care, support and research programs, and is helping us get closer to our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.”

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease — the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. By 2050, that number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million.

To learn more about Brookdale’s dementia care, visit

About Brookdale Senior Living

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is the leading operator of senior living communities throughout the United States. The Company is committed to providing senior living solutions primarily within properties that are designed, purpose-built and operated to provide the highest-quality service, care and living accommodations for residents. Brookdale operates and manages independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care retirement communities, with 726 communities in 43 states and the ability to serve approximately 64,000 residents as of December 31, 2020. The Company also offers a range of home health, hospice and outpatient therapy services to over 17,000 patients as of that date. For more Brookdale news, go to

Waltonwood Staff Spreading Cheer

Kindness Boxes: Waltonwood Cary Parkway Residents and Associates Spread Cheer Throughout Community

CARY, N.C.,  – Being kind is not only good for you but everyone else. For Random Acts of Kindness Day, Waltonwood Cary Parkway, a family-owned senior living community, has found a way to spread kindness and joy throughout the communityAll around the campus, boxes have been dispersed, and residents and associates are leaving thoughtful notes and wishes. These notes will be given to other residents and associates in the community, and they will hopefully lift the spirits of all who receive one. Being kind also has life-changing benefits. Research shows kindness boosts your immune system, reduces anxiety and gives you a sense of control.

“We are always looking for ways for our residents to interact with one another and be active within their community”, said LaQuita Dunn, life enrichment manager“In recent times, it has been easy to feel isolated, and we want our residents to know that they live in a community where they are supported and cared for. We often forget how simple of a gesture it takes to brighten someone’s day, and we figured our kindness boxes would be the perfect way to do that.” 

Each year on February 17, National Random Acts of Kindness Day grows in popularity. It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness. The movement of Random Acts of Kindness inspires people every day. As a favorite celebration for many, people everywhere are enjoying doing these acts of kindness. Not only do the acts of kindness bring joy to the receiver, but they spread positive reactions to the giver, too. The senior living community plans to keep the boxes out around the community to spread joy throughout the entire month.

“Since the pandemic hit, it hasn’t been easy for many of our residents”, said Dunn. “We are dedicated to keeping our residents safe and healthy, but we are also committed to making their daily lives as fulfilling as possible. We pride ourselves on the sense of community that is present at Waltonwood Cary Parkwayand even though many residents haven’t been unable to see their families, we wanted our residents to be able to find that comfort in one another. We are very excited to see everyone participate in our initiative and spread kindness around the community.”


Waltonwood Cary Parkway offers seniors a dignified, individualized community where residents can thrive. The community offers independent living cottages, and independent, assisted living and memory care apartments in studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans, creating a continuum of care where residents can enjoy an active lifestyle and receive care if they need it. The community offers many engaging amenities, including a theater, therapy pool, putting green, garden view lounge and private courtyards throughout its acreage. Residents receive the most up-to-date advances in senior living, including the specially designed Forever Fit program and life enrichment programing.

Singh is a family-owned company and for more than 45 years they have remained multifaceted in real estate development, with a strong foundation in luxury apartments, commercial properties, land development, high-end single-family homes and, for 30 years, senior living communities which have been branded “Waltonwood.”  The vertical integration of the company, which provides for development, construction, finance and management under one umbrella, allows Singh to be poised for new opportunities in expanding markets.  All projects are wholly owned by Singh and continue to be owned and managed by Singh.

The company is headquartered in West Bloomfield, MI and has regional offices in Cary, NC. Learn more about Singh and its Waltonwood communities at If you are interested in learning more about Waltonwood Cary Parkway, please visit or call 919-275-0983. 

VOTG Healthcare

Orlando Area Retirement Community to Open Multimillion-Dollar Health Center

LONGWOOD, Fla. — In early March, a newly completed multimillion-dollar health center at Village on the Green will open its doors to area seniors. Named “The Oaks” and located at 515 Village Place in Longwood, the health center adds 48 skilled nursing beds, 36 assisted living apartments, and 18 memory care suites to the 80-acre senior living community. With the assisted living and memory care additions, the community will now offer a full continuum of aging care services on-site.

“We are passionate about providing the best health services to seniors and their families, and the new health center is an invaluable addition to our offerings,” said, Rachel Blumberg, executive director at Village on the Green. “Residents can move into independent living knowing that virtually all their current and future health care needs can be taken care of without having to leave our campus. Furthermore, older adults in the Orlando area benefit as they are able to access our services as well.”

The health center addition is part of a larger $56 million communitywide expansion and redevelopment initiative. The overall project also includes 20 new independent living villas, a new fitness center, additional dining venues, a refurbished auditorium with state-of-the-art technology, and more.

“These enhancements ensure we’re able to sufficiently serve the growing local senior population for years to come,” said Blumberg, pointing to data from the state of Florida that projects the 65-plus population in Seminole County to exceed 145,000 by 2030. “In our experience, the newest generation of retirees expect top-quality lifestyle offerings and we’re always striving to exceed that. Providing quality health care is always a top priority, and we’re looking forward to positively impacting many lives with our new health center.”

The health center’s architectural and interior designs were executed by Atlanta-based THW Design. Birmingham, Alabama’s Brasfield & Gorrie served as general contractor.

Village on the Green is the only skilled nursing provider in Florida to earn the Governor’s Panel on Excellence Gold Seal award for 19 consecutive years. The award recognizes senior care organizations that demonstrate excellence in long-term care over a sustained period; promote the stability of the industry; and facilitate the physical, social, and emotional well-being of residents. The community also holds a five-star rating from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

About Village on the Green

Village on the Green, located at 500 Village Place in Longwood, Florida, is a Life Care community that provides seniors a unique lifestyle experience and a variety of residential options, including maintenance-free independent living apartment homes and villas. Residents also have access to a full continuum of care on-site, including assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. Village on the Green is owned and operated by Lifespace Communities, a not-for-profit senior living provider with 15 communities in eight states. For more information, call 407.682.0230 or visit


Bebe Reed, RN, Director of Healthcare

Griffin Living Welcomes Bebe Reed, RN as Director of Healthcare Operations

CONEJO VALLEY, Calif. and SIMI VALLEY, Calif. and SANTA CLARITA, Calif. and TEMECULA, Calif. and LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif., — Senior Developer Griffin Living welcomes the newest member of the executive team, Bebe Reed, reflecting an increased focus in the senior living industry toward healthcare. As a Registered Nurse, Bebe brings 25 years of management and operational experience in senior living, healthcare management, program development, and staff education.

“The most fundamental aspect of our business is ensuring the welfare of our residents,” says CEO Paul E. Griffin III, “We are delighted to have Bebe Reed at Griffin Living to help us further understand and prioritize healthcare in our communities.”

Bebe has overseen 20 different senior living communities in nine states, where she has trained Executive Directors in all areas of regulatory compliance. Additionally, she has developed policy manuals for memory care, as well as state-specific policies as new communities opened.

Prior to working at Griffin Living, Bebe was Vice President of Wellness and Risk Management at Thrive Senior Living. Before joining Thrive, she was Director of Nursing Services at Saluda, an upscale transitional care and rehabilitation facility, and formerly, Director of Health Services at Pruitt Health. Bebe is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

“When it comes to care of their residents, Griffin Living goes above and beyond industry standards at every turn. I am honored to join them and help shape the future of senior care,” says Bebe.

Bebe holds a B.S. in Healthcare Administration and B.S. in Nursing from East Tennessee University, and a M.A. in Workforce Development and Training from the University of Georgia.


Griffin Living is an award-winning, privately-owned real estate development firm headquartered in Calabasas, CA. The firm was founded in 2016 by Paul Griffin III, a fifth-generation home builder with thirty years of expertise in real estate development.

Griffin Living develops and maintains properties across the United States. They are committed to crafting innovative communities in partnership with community stakeholders, and apply their value-driven development philosophy to ensure that these properties represent strong investments for capital partners.

Laurel Brook Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Introduces Subacute Neuro Recovery Program Leading Area Specialists Overseeing New Initiative at Skilled Nursing Facility in Mount Laurel, N.J.

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Feb. 1, 2020 – Laurel Brook Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Mount Laurel has introduced a Neuro Recovery Program to meet the healthcare needs of area residents. The subacute initiative is directed by neurologists Tudor Jovin, MD, and Michael Gallagher, DO, and physiatrist Adam Schindelheim, MD.

Laurel Brook’s Neuro Recovery Program is designed to assist those affected by neurologically disabling conditions in improving abilities and returning to their most-optimal functional levels. The specialized initiative focuses on balance, speech, memory and pain management, as well as swallowing and proper nutrition. Patients receive an individualized recovery plan to address their needs, including a return to more routine daily functions, such as sitting, walking, dressing and showering.

Dr. Jovin, Dr. Gallagher, and Dr. Schindelheim are affiliated with Cooper University Health Care’s divisions of neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Laurel Brook established these key relationships in partnership with Marquis Health Consulting Services, which supports the facility.

“Laurel Brook’s collaboration with the area’s leading neurology and physical medical rehabilitation professionals helps those recovering from neurological events, including strokes and diseases, live better lives,” said Jennifer Hertzog, vice president of marketing and business development for Marquis.

Subacute represents a comprehensive, high level of care for patients with active illnesses, injuries or complex medical conditions following – or as an alternative to – a hospital stay. Subacute patients typically undergo rehab therapy sessions for one or two hours per day, as prescribed. Laurel Brook features a state-of-the-art therapy gym with progressive rehabilitation equipment.

Neuro Recovery patients benefit from the care of Laurel Brook’s interdisciplinary team, which includes specialized rehab nurses and physical, speech and occupational therapists. The team also includes a care navigator, nutritional counselor and recreation specialist. “With the consultative presence of Dr. Jovin, Dr. Gallagher and Dr. Schindelheim, Laurel Brook’s team of rehab experts is supporting patients in regularly achieving recovery milestones,” added Hertzog.

Dr. Jovin is board certified in neurology, vascular neurology, neurocritical care and neuroendovascular surgery. He serves as the medical director of the Cooper Neurological Institute, and as the chairman and chief of neurology of Cooper Medical Care; he also is a stroke neurologist. Dr. Jovin, who is fluent in German, Romanian and Spanish, is a professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

Dr. Gallagher is board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology. He serves as the assistant professor of neurology at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

Dr. Schindelheim is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, with a specialty in traumatic brain injury and concussion in adults. Dr. Schindelheim is an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation with the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

Located at 3718 Church Road, Laurel Brook provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab, memory care, long-term and respite care. It also features a 60-bed Korean Community wing, which creates a culturally authentic environment for the care and comfort of Korean seniors. The facility has earned a deficiency-free survey from the New Jersey Department of Health, and secured certification from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Together with Marquis Health Consulting Services, Laurel Brook has established a resource library of physician-curated content, addressing many topics of interest for families of patients and the larger community. The library and more information on Laurel Brook can be found at

Based in Brick, N.J., Marquis is a highly skilled and vision-driven nursing home consulting company currently supporting Mid-Atlantic and New England facilities totaling nearly 4,500 skilled nursing and assisted living beds.

Cooper University Health Care is the leading academic tertiary care health system and the only state-designated Level 1 Trauma Center in South Jersey with a mission to serve, to heal, to educate. With more than 630 physicians, more than 7,500 employees, and a network of more than 100 medical offices and four urgent care centers throughout the region, Cooper offers signature programs in cardiology, critical care, neurosciences, pediatrics, orthopedics and surgical specialties.

Tuckahoe Retirement Community to Administer First COVID-19 Vaccines to 72 Residents and 50 Associates Monday

(Tuckahoe, NY )  – More than 120 residents and staff members of The Fountains at RiverVue, a Watermark Retirement Community in TuckahoeN.Y., will receive the first of a two-dose vaccine against COVID-19 Monday. The onsite clinic by Omnicare/CVS is scheduled for a 10 a.m. launch on Monday, Jan. 25 with 72 residents and 50 associates being vaccinated throughout the day until 4 p.m. 

Among the residents is World War II veteran, Frank Caruso, and his wife of 75 years, Anne. Caruso safely celebrated his 100th birthday in 2020, and he is eager to receive the first vaccine alongside his wife and friends in the community. The couple looks forward to resuming much of what they’ve enjoyed at The Fountains at RiverVue, especially the musical events.


Fountains at RiverVue Executive Director Monica Lafferty says excitement is high among residents as the vaccine clinic begins – a sign that the community will soon regain much of its vibrancy.  

“Our residents have shown admirable resiliency as they have taken significant precautions to keep themselves and one another safe against the virus. They deserve this gift of the vaccine so that they can have more freedom to reconnect with their neighbors and safely return to the activities that once filled their calendars.


For resident Barbara Vahue, that favorite activity is the community’s trivia contests, and for resident Robert Ptofsky, it’s the monthly political roundtables. Both Vahue and Ptofsky are also scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Monday.


At the clinic, a registered nurse will be on hand to monitor residents for reactions to the vaccine. Under Watermark’s Stay Safe. Be Well. program, staff has been trained to constantly watch residents for symptoms of the disease and will continue to do so regarding response to the vaccine.