BEDFORD, Pa. — The dedicated team at IntegraCare is accustomed to giving 100% while caring for its residents. Now, 100% has taken on a new meaning at IntegraCare’s 13 senior living communities in three states.
Colonial Courtyard at Bedford has attained a 100% COVID-19 vaccination rate among its team members and has earned a certificate of recognition signed by IntegraCare CEO Larry Rouvelas.
“We take the safety and well-being of our team and our residents very seriously,” said Rouvelas, who made IntegraCare a leader in the industry as among the first to make employee vaccinations mandatory during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are proud of our team for getting vaccinated to protect not only themselves but also our residents. IntegraCare is a great place to work, a great place to live, and now is a safer place for all.”
To ensure that team members and residents have access to vaccinations in the future, IntegraCare will work with Johnson Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., whose experienced pharmacists and technicians are leaders in the long-term care pharmacy model.
“Our continued focus is on vaccination of our staff and our residents as well as expanding visitation opportunities for our families and residents both inside and outside,” said Loriann Putzier, President and co-founder of IntegraCare.
Colonial Courtyard at Bedford Executive Operations Officer Brian Hall said his team and the residents have worked together throughout the pandemic to make the senior living community a healthy and safe place to work and live.
“I am excited to have all our team members fully vaccinated,” Hall said. “We here at Colonial Courtyard at Bedford have experienced one of the cruelest parts of senior living. When the vaccine came available, we got to think of the best part of senior living — hope and moving onward. We went from one extreme to the next. We would not be able to experience both dramatic lifetime experiences without having one another.
“We did not give up then and now we are showing another way to not give up,” Hall continued. “Getting the vaccine to me is just another way of helping all our residents and families in our Senior Living Community.”