The COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet. Some of the residential care homes that SpiritCare visits open up, then they close again to keep their residents safe from the SARS-CoV2 virus. Sometimes it's because a person in the facility has the virus, sometimes because someone was in contact with an infected person. It might mean that residents are quarantined in their rooms for a few days. It might mean the doors are closed to visitors temporarily. Thankfully, taking precautions, testing and vaccination are helping reduce infections in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Given the stress and sense of isolation caused by the pandemic, an inspired teacher in the Los Altos School District asked her elementary school students to write cards for residents of nearby care facilities. It was a great intergenerational activity that blessed both young and old.