Many residents don’t expect to get the opportunity to make a major trip once they enter Assisted Living and Memory Care. At The Watermark at East Hill, we are putting those assumptions away and doing the unthinkable!
Residents and associates recently took a trip to Washington, DC, along with 13 Boy Scouts, as part of the “Bridging the Gap” program. The program was created as a joint effort between The Watermark at East Hill and the Boy Scouts of America. BSA plans to take the program out on a national basis and sent an ABC news crew along for the trip to document what “Bridging the Gap” means.
Eight residents and 12 associates left on Amtrak from New Haven on Tuesday, March 10th. Amtrak was very accommodating with the residents’ needs. They were picked up by a tour bus once the train arrived in DC. Residents, associates, and Boy Scouts all “camped out” in the Sky Room at our sister community, The Fountains at Washington House. On Wednesday morning, we were up early, ate breakfast, loaded the tour bus and took off for a tour of the Capitol Building. The tour bus then took the group around the monuments on a guided tour. When Thursday morning arrived, everyone agreed the trip passed by quickly, but the group found itself back in New Haven before the day was over.
Everyone agreed it was hard, but it was amazing. The trip was the dream of Seth Machek, who passed away suddenly in 2013. Seth was a special man who was one of the first associates to work with the memory care residents at The Watermark at East Hill. Watermark Retirement Communities has a special annual award in Seth’s honor.