May 20, 2021

Yesterday, in concert with many other business and facilities, Kendal at Ithaca embraced the new guidance about mask wearing. Throughout campus, with the exception of the Health Center which continues to be under stricter guidance, vaccinated persons may move about freely without masks. The accessory of the day was huge smiles as people enjoyed truly ‘seeing’ each other. Most of us learned to read eyes, eyebrows and foreheads. But, especially for those with diminished hearing, seeing mouths speaking again is priceless.

Capacity restrictions on rooms and spaces are being relaxed where possible. People can move freely about with donning of masks when they enter a zone requiring them. Dining can be more spontaneous with the requirements for reservations waived. Casual conversations in the hallways have more laughter.

Another shared delight is the brood of Mallard ducks roaming around the very protected Rose Garden Courtyard. This has become an annual ritual and a great source of curiosity and pleasure for us all, watching their progress. They’re pretty quick and hard to photograph, but you’ll get the idea.

Finally, Kendal at Ithaca is pleased to be able to offer in-person  information sessions, tours and Try Us visits to persons interested in learning more about us. We are hosting an information session, “Kendal Basics”, on June 15.

This two-hour session provides an overview of Kendal as well as guidance for planning for long-term care. No matter where you are in your planning process, you’ll leave with reference materials to assist you. Please call 607-266-5301 to register. Overflow sessions will be scheduled as necessary.