Shop Talk | Tracy Brown Ph.D.
Executive Director, HomeLife in the Gardens
What kind of care options do you provide?
HomeLife in the Gardens is a senior living community offering independent living, assisted living, memory care and respite care services.
How has the pandemic affected your business and policies?
We continue to follow the recommended guidelines provided by our governing agencies and have instituted the suggested updates to our policies and procedures to minimize exposure, reduce risk and enhance the safety of our residents, staff and community. We have established safe visiting areas for families; separated furniture and equipment; maintained an adequate supply of masks and other forms of personal protective equipment; and assisted residents with virtual experiences, such as video calls. We have been vigilant in our efforts to keep our community safe and are fortunate to say our residents and staff have been Covid-free since day one!
What options set HomeLife apart from other care facilities?
One of the central ideas behind the senior living experience at HomeLife in the Gardens is to achieve the optimal balance of independence and support for our residents as their needs change, allowing them to age gracefully in place.
What changes or programs are you looking forward to?
As we begin to cautiously reopen, we’re looking forward to resuming in-person visits between residents, family and friends. In the past few weeks there have been a number of new directives from both state and federal health officials related to community reopenings and visitations. We are working hard to assure that we are in compliance with these requirements and have the necessary tools in place to implement them as soon as possible. Our priority, as always, is the health and safety of our residents and staff. We continue to grow and learn and are looking forward to establishing a new normal at HomeLife in the Gardens.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know about yourself or your business?
My background is in clinical mental health, and I have a doctorate in counseling education and supervision. I have spent the last years researching how to impact the quality of life of long-term care residents. I am passionate about the work that I do and the residents in our community. Providing the best possible care, improving each resident’s quality of life and resident satisfaction is my ultimate goal.
HomeLife in the Gardens,
1101 Aline St., 894-6100,