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Local retirement community has some social distancing fun

Watercrest at Bryan is making the most of social distancing rules with "Hallway Happy Hours" and a spring parade residents watched from their balconies!

BRYAN, Texas — By now, most people know keeping our distance from others will be our new… safe normal for the coming weeks, but one Bryan retirement community is not letting social distancing slow them down. 

“Can you even imagine if you were a senior at this time and… anything we can do to have a little fun and get some smiles and you know, it definitely helps keep their mind off of it for one minute,” said Juliet Cockrell, the Sales and Marketing Director at Watercrest at Bryan.

Like many retirement communities around the country, Watercrest has made lots of changes to their routine.

“Meals are now delivered, temperature checks, we’ve quit non essential visits. We can help do the FaceTime... just sterilizing everything all day,” Cockrell said.

It’s not what residents are used to, but Watercrest is not letting social distancing rain on their parade. 

“We did the big spring parade outside which was awesome! This week, we started, every day at 10:30 go out on your patio, lets all wave. You know, some of the staff members will come out there,” said Cockrell, “hallway happy hours... we kinda go down the hallway with beer and wine and snacks and play music…our activity director sings we’re rolling on by with a cart … stop for a minute… dance sing and keep going.”

The community members are in good spirits, and Watercrest has more social distance-friendly activities on the way for their seniors, because in times of uncertainty, “just anything we can do to keep them engaged, and keep them interacting with each other,” Cockrell said, “it keeps everybody happy and the morale up for sure.”

You can keep up with all the fun at Watercrest on their Facebook page.

*Videos Courtesy: Watercrest at Bryan Facebook*

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