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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused senior living communities around the nation to be in a constant cycle of temporarily opening to visitors only to close again based on government mandates that can impact Tabitha differently each day.

As Tabitha quickly enacted safety and health precautions to fight the spread of the virus, we immediately recognized that it was equally important to fight Resident loneliness and depression.

THE GOAL: Ensure Tabitha Residents remain active, engaged and well-connected with the family and friends they love.

THE RESULT: A robust Connector Program designed to do just that—Connect Residents to a friendly and familiar TEAMember to facilitate communication that meets the unique needs of each Resident and their family.

THE COLLABORATION: Optimize the efforts of the clinical, social services and life enrichment teams to support Seniors during this uncertain time. 
And support families and friends from around the globe.

THE TECHNOLOGY: Deploy the tools needed to make Connections easy ... from iPads, iPhones, laptops, speakers, oversized monitors and Facebook Portals to even headphone sound amplifiers.

THE TRADITIONAL: Utilize landline calls as well as letters and cards through the U.S. Post along with face-to-face visits with Connectors. 

THE CONNECTORS: A select group of 14 TEAMembers from cross-functional areas of Tabitha assigned to each Resident across Tabitha’s 13 living communities in Lincoln and Crete, Neb. 

The Connector Program is proving to be meaningful for everyone involved—including the Connector. This gives families peace of mind knowing their loved ones are well cared for and about and they are able to have thoughtful conversations that improve the Resident’s outlook.

Relationships matter even more today. They are a large part of who we are as individuals, and they help keep us grounded. Being able to hear and see familiar faces and voices is comforting. Reminiscing and sharing a laugh with someone lifts spirits, and brings hope for the future when we can all safely be together again.

 

Follow Tabitha’s Facebook page to see how Connectors make a difference.

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Whether you choose to volunteer your time, get involved in the community or even commit time to strengthening your relationships, living an altruistic life provides many ways to impact others around you. 

Tabitha Meals on Wheels strongly depends on wonderful and dedicated volunteers to deliver meals, and is always looking for more individuals, organizations and companies willing to serve on a regular basis. Learn more.

Through Aug. 18, vote Tabitha daily for Best of Grand Island—hospice and in-home care company. Vote online at BestofGI.com and text 645 & 711 to 308.222.3146.

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It is important to make time to enjoy the outdoors. Spending time outside on a daily basis is beneficial to one’s mental, emotional and physical health. Read more.

Tabitha Meals on Wheels partners with the U-Stop Kicks it Back to the Community program. Every Tuesday in July, U-Stop will give two cents from every gallon of gas sold to support local Seniors.

Lincoln’s Gateway Sertoma Club and Tabitha came together for the 20th Annual Gateway Sertoma Golf Event Friday, June 10. The event raised a grand total of nearly $90,000 for Tabitha Meals on Wheels. Learn more.

Through July 7, nominate Tabitha for Grand Island’s “Best of the Best” in Hospice, In-Home Care Company, Place to Work and Customer Service categories!

Before swimming this summer, make sure you have measures in place to keep you and your family safe. Consider implementing the following tips into your poolside regimen as your summer fun starts to ramp up.

Help Tabitha earn a spot on the final ballot for Best of Lincoln honors! Nominate Tabitha now through June 30 at BestofLincoln.net. View categories.

Donald Starkey, a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast and Tabitha Hospice client, received a memorable rally of riders thanks to his Hospice nurse and ABATE of Nebraska motorcycle club. Read more.

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April is Global Volunteer Month. Volunteers are a vital part of the Tabitha family—and often become family to those we’re privileged to support, too. Read Frankie and Delaney's story.

Tabitha announced JP Lauterbach has joined its Tabitha Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Lincoln-headquartered nonprofit, as director of development. Read more.