By Stacey Axler, intern
Lakeview Village in Lenexa, Kan. plans ahead for upcoming winter weather by preparing the sidewalks and delivering meals to make sure its residents are safe.
“In a community where our entire population is made up of seniors—many of whom lead very busy lives–staying ahead of storms like the one we’ve experienced is paramount. Our entire community comes together to make sure that all our residents are safe and secure,” said Jamie Frazier, Lakeview Village president and CEO.
Lakeview Village staff members take pride in preparing the senior living community for snow. Before snow even begins to fall, managers set up schedules for staffing, and implement plans to ensure that service is continuously provided.
“The staff here is very careful about getting our walkways and our paths clear. Lakeview is a big campus, but the staff makes sure we can access everything we need,” said Lakeview resident Helen Anderson, who has lived at the community for seven years.
Many essential staff members spend the night at the community; Lakeview staff uses empty guest rooms, offices and extra mattresses in empty apartments to keep staff at the community, helping all residents including those in nursing care, in-patient rehab and assisted living.
As early as possible, the grounds manager applies salt to the sidewalks and roads to stop the formation of ice. If snow is already on the paths, the staff will use snow blowers to clear walkways.
“The staff really goes the extra mile here to keep us safe, and they seem happy to do it. They want to help [residents] with anything they can,” Anderson said.
Residents do not need to worry about getting meals during a snowstorm, either. Meals are delivered to more than 200 cottage and villa residents: The director of dining services, senior food and beverage manager, volunteer coordinator and community life manager will drive, and servers—along with our human resources coordinator, catering manager and other staff—run meals to every resident’s door.
In her seven years at Lakeview, Anderson remarked that this winter storm is unusually heavy. Even so, she says that the staff at Lakeview strives to put comfort and safety first when residents “prepare to be out of doors.”
Throughout the winter weather, the community keeps residents up to date about the weather and affected activities through updates on the community’s television channel.
Lakeview Village prepares to continue operations as normal despite winter weather.
“Lakeview is a very caring place to be,” Anderson said. Lakeview Village is a nonprofit, continuing care retirement community in Lenexa, Kan. To find out more about Lakeview Village, check out our website and find us on Facebook.