There were many challenges associated with navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to following new safety protocols, monitoring residents for changes in behavioral health symptoms, and finding ways to offer safe social contacts, New Vitae residents and staff encountered the stresses of working to stay healthy in spite of a world health crisis. As a result of the changes associated with the coronavirus, a longtime yearly trip – our Cape May trip – had to be canceled for 2020.
That’s why we were so excited to schedule and complete our trip in 2021! Over 30 residents and staff were able to head to the beach to enjoy the sun, sea, and sky for a week! After ensuring all of the participants were vaccinated, everyone was excited to be able to travel safely. It was great to be back and everyone enjoyed the beach, pool, mini-golf, and Bingo activities. Daily schedules included a variety of fun opportunities, including steaks on the grill at the Lighthouse, morning beach walks, rides on a surrey bicycle, and a trolley tour of Cape May. Participants also enjoyed trips to the zoo, Atlantic City, the Wildwood Boardwalk, a whale watch, movies and shopping in Stone Harbor, and a visit to “Lucy the Elephant” in Margate. Everyone who participated received a gift of a new sweatshirt that commemorated the passing of Beth Eastman, the former owner of the Inn of Cape May who was a kind, fun, and gracious host to our group for 35 years.
We were so pleased to be able to offer our residents an opportunity for a brief holiday. We look forward to several more years of enjoying the scenery in and around Cape May!