Making Merry

Cedar Lane staff work hard and play hard! A big thank you to the Friends of Cedar Lane for sponsoring the Cedar Lane Staff Holiday Party. 
This year has been tough on everyone, but our staff have risen to the challenge. Each employee brings something special and unique to the community. From our most tenured employees to our shining new faces, we thank all of our employees for an outstanding year of providing kindness, courtesy, and stellar customer service to all of our residents.

Mask Mandate Returns

WHAT: Face coverings will once again be required in all indoor public spaces at Cedar Lane Senior Living Community beginning Monday, August 30, 2021.

WHO: This requirement applies to all residents, staff, caregivers, vendors and other visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

WHERE: Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas other than your apartment. This includes hallways, elevators, lounges and all common spaces. Masks can be removed in the Dining Room while eating and drinking only.

WHY: With the contagiousness of the Delta variant, even vaccinated individuals need to return to the safe behaviors of masking and distancing until the surge declines. By putting the masks back on, we are hoping Cedar Lane can continue to stay open, protect folks, offer safe activities, and keep everything you enjoy about our community going.

FOR HOW LONG? We expect the mask mandate to continue until county vaccination rates improve and new cases decline. We will conduct a weekly assessment of the situation and communicate any changes as needed.

BUT I’M VACCINATED – WHY DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK? While COVID-19 vaccinations are highly effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalizations or death from the virus, they’re not foolproof in preventing infection. Caution is still one of our very best defenses.

If you remain unvaccinated against COVID-19 at this point – for whatever reason – you are at higher risk for dying if you do become infected. We encourage you to protect yourself and your neighbors. For help scheduling a vaccine appointment, call the Front Desk at 301-475-8966 and ask for Crystal or Kirk.

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES GO INTO EFFECT AUGUST 9

Memorandum

To:               Cedar Lane Community Members

From:           Eric Golden, President/CEO

Subject:       COVID-19 Safety Measures

Date:           August 5, 2021

 

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES GO INTO EFFECT AUGUST 9

 

Cedar Lane is committed to following all health protocols recommended by the CDC and St. Mary’s County Health Department. To help ensure the health of all community members, the following safety precautions will resume as of August 9, 2021:

 

  • Masks/face coverings are required for all staff members, visitors, caregivers and vendors in all public spaces at Cedar Lane.

 

  • Masks/face coverings are highly encouraged for all residents, even those who are vaccinated, when indoors among people who do not live with you.

 

  • Upon arrival, all visitors, caregivers and vendors must initially enter through the main entrance, sign in at the Front Desk, and receive a temperature screening.

 

  • Side and back entrances will remain open for residents/staff only.

 

  • Cedar Lane staff members must show proof of vaccination or submit to regular, ongoing testing for COVID-19.

 

The St. Mary’s County Health Department recommends that all community members who are not yet fully vaccinated get the vaccine. For more information or to make an appointment, call the Health Department at 301-475-4330. If you have questions or require help with arranging transportation, please call the Front Desk at 301-475-8966 and ask for Crystal or Kirk in Service Coordination.

 

Community Update – June 18, 2021

Dear Cedar Lane community members,

Ready for some good news? This Sunday is both Father’s Day and the official start of summer. We also have plenty of exciting things happening here at Cedar Lane Senior Living Community.

The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services lunch at Cedar Lane will return to in-person dining starting Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Did you know that Cedar Lane is a nutrition site for the county’s Congregate Meal Program? Starting July 6, 2021, Cedar Lane residents can enjoy fresh, hot meals Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Dining Room. To participate, you must sign up at the Front Desk before noon the day before the meal (before noon on Friday for Monday’s meal). Participation is limited to the first 60 people to sign up each day. Please note, this in-person dining program replaces the bagged lunches that were implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exciting Facilities Improvements Are Underway

This week, contractors prepared and paved the gravel parking area in front of the building, and are in the process of adding enhanced lighting to Cedar Lane’s exterior. I hope you’re as happy to see these improvements as I am.

Social Events Have Been a Big Hit

Since our last update, Cedar Lane has relaunched complimentary morning coffee service in the Dining Room and reintroduced the Sunshine Club greeting committee for new residents. We also held a “Neighbors Meeting Neighbors” event to enable the tenants who have moved in since March of 2020 to meet some longtime residents and make new connections. Today, Tonya has planned a Father’s Day Car Show complete with hot rods and hot dogs.

Hot Weather Advisory – Remember to Hydrate

With the arrival of summer comes the arrival of hot weather. Staying hydrated is very important as water helps the body maintain a normal temperature. Older people have less water in their bodies and, therefore, need to drink plenty of water. Thirst can set in without you even realizing it. Seniors can try this guideline for daily water intake: your body weight in pounds divided by two. The result is the number of ounces of water to drink each day.

Pet Owners – Check For Hot Asphalt to Protect Your Dog’s Paws

On a 77-degree day, dark pavement can be HOT – as hot as 125 degrees. That’s too hot for your dog’s paws. A good test is to place your hand on the asphalt and if it feels hot to your touch, don’t walk your dog on it. During summer months, protect your dog’s paws by walking on dirt or grass and sticking to early morning or late evening walks.

Free Produce Stand – July 8

Mark your calendars: the Southern Maryland Food Bank team will treat Cedar Lane residents to more free vegetables and fruit this July. You can visit the produce stand out on the Cedar Lane Patio 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

The Garvey Senior Center is offering eligible seniors a total of $35 in checks to use at participating farmer’s markets. For more information about eligibility criteria, or about the distribution procedures, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1072.

To all of the fathers in our community, I want to wish you a very happy Father’s Day. To everyone else, I hope you have a great start to the summer season.

Sincerely, 

Eric Golden, President/CEO

Community Update – June 4, 2021

Dear community members,

Announcing a REAC Inspection for the Burch Building on June 22

A HUD-certified inspector, accompanied by a Cedar Lane staff member, will perform a mandatory inspection of Building II beginning at 9 a.m. This will include all building exteriors, systems, all common areas and a random sampling of apartments. As a resident, it is your right to decline an inspection of your unit, but the inspector will be required to select another apartment in its place.

June Activity Calendar is Filled with Fun Things to Do

It’s a new month, which means new opportunities to have some laughs and make some memories. We’ve got live bands, sing-a-longs, a Father’s Day car show and the Olde Town Pub Wing Wagon coming your way this month. I encourage you to pick up an activity calendar and discover the excitement that’s waiting outside your door.

Visit the General Store for Cold Drinks and More

The store’s grand opening has been a success and I understand several residents won great door prizes. Come on in if you’re looking for a box of tissues, a little snack, or an ice cold beverage. We can fix you up!

Complimentary Coffee Service Resumes Monday, June 14

If you love coffee the way I love coffee, you’ll be glad to hear that morning coffee will return to the Dining Room from 8am-10am every Monday through Friday, starting June 14. To go with your coffee, the General Store will soon carry pre-wrapped morning pastries, cinnamon rolls and other baked goods.

Courtesy Carts

You asked. We listened! Cedar Lane has purchased three new grocery carts for residents. Feel free to use them to help transport your groceries to your apartment. The carts are kept at the Front Desk, and in the front stairwells in the Burch and Colton-Weinberg Buildings. Please return the carts when you are finished with them so your neighbors can enjoy them too.


Reminder About Cedar Lane’s Drug Policy

Cedar Lane is smoke-free and illicit-drug free. Illicit drug use or sale is not only against the law, but grounds for eviction from subsidized housing. As stated in the Resident Handbook, failure to comply with the drug-free policy is considered a lease violation and Cedar Lane will pursue termination of tenancy.

Sunshine Committee is Back in Action

Cedar Lane’s Sunshine Committee recently played “catch up” by welcoming all of the residents who have moved in since the start of the COVID-19 health crisis. We know this was not the easiest time to join a new community. Many of you had to quarantine when you moved in. Now, we want you to know how much we appreciate having you here.

Scam Alert

We have received reports of scammers sending fake Amazon emails and phone calls. As a reminder, if you receive an email or phone call like this, DO NOT click the link or give any information to the caller. If you have any questions please call the Front Desk and ask for Crystal or Kirk in Service Coordination.

Until next time, I will be working to make sure you know that Cedar Lane is a place where people matter. As always, I welcome your comments and feedback at egolden@cedar-lane.org or 301-475-8966 extension 10.

Sincerely,
Eric Golden President & CEO

Community Update – May 21, 2021

Dear Cedar Lane community members,

I’m happy to see you out enjoying the weather, talking with your neighbors, and participating in the social activities that you had to forego for so long. Here are this week’s top news items:

$2 Million Lottery Announced for Vaccinated Marylanders

Yesterday, Governor Larry Hogan announced a new partnership between the Maryland Lottery and Maryland Health Department to provide $2 million in prize money for Marylanders who receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Starting Tuesday, May 25th, through Saturday, July 3rd, the Maryland Lottery will randomly select and award a $40,000 prize every day to a vaccinated Marylander.

On the 4th of July, a final drawing will be held to award one lucky vaccinated Marylander a grand prize of $400,000. Individuals must be 18 or older, a Maryland resident, and have received a COVID vaccine in Maryland to be eligible. If you have been vaccinated, you are already automatically entered to win. That’s most of us here at Cedar Lane! All winners will be notified by the Maryland Health Department. If you are not vaccinated and want to get your “shot at winning,” call the Front Desk and ask for Crystal.

Cedar Lane’s Current Door Policy

Residents, I hope that opening up the doors to the Burch and Colton-Weinberg Buildings has made coming and going easier for you. As a reminder, the Burch entrance, Colton-Weinberg entrance, courtyard, patio, and side entrances are for residents and staff only. All visitors must continue to enter through the Main Entrance and have their temperatures taken at the Front Desk. I have received some reports of residents letting guests in through alternate doors. For everyone’s wellbeing, it’s important that we know who is entering our community and ensure they pass the health screening. For this reason, all entrances will lock at 9 p.m. each night. Residents wishing to enter after 9 p.m. can press the call button at any entrance so the Front Desk receptionist on duty can let you in. If there is no button at the entrance, you can phone the Front Desk for access. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Parking Lot Resurfacing

With good weather on our side, the second phase of our parking lot resurfacing project is taking place today and tomorrow. When parking, please avoid the coned-off areas. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience.

Free Produce Stand – June 10

Mark your calendars: the Southern Maryland Food Bank team will treat Cedar Lane residents to more free vegetables and fruit on June 10. You can visit the produce stand out on the Cedar Lane Patio during the following pickup times: Building I 10:30 a.m. – 11: a.m. Building II 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Building III 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Bags will be provided but you may want to bring your cart to carry everything home.

Thanks again for taking great care of yourselves — and each other.

Sincerely,

Eric Golden

President & CEO

Current Cedar Lane Policies During COVID-19 Health Emergency

Updated May 10, 2021

How we’re keeping our residents and team members safe.

At Cedar Lane Senior Living Community, the wellbeing of our residents and employees is our highest priority, and continues to guide our actions as we move through our reopening planAt this time, the following protocol is being implemented in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. It includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Face coverings are required for visitors, vendors and caregivers.

  • We ask residents to limit their visitors to four at a time.
  • Visitors must sign in at the Front Desk and pass a temperature check.

  • Cedar Lane offices are closed to walk-in visitors. All business is being conducted by phone and email.

New residents have four options upon moving in:

  1. Show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination – If you have received the full dosing of any COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks prior to your move-in day, and you are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, no quarantine period is required.
  2.  Show proof of a negative COVID-19 test – If you have been tested for COVID-19 and receive negative test results within three days of your move-in day, and you are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, no quarantine period is required.
  3. Move in and make an appointment to be tested – If you move in without being fully vaccinated or without a negative COVID-19 test, you will have to quarantine. You may leave quarantine to receive a COVID-19 test. You must immediately return to Cedar Lane after your test and wait for results. If your test results come back negative, your quarantine period is over. Testing is free and there are local testing sites where no doctor’s order is required. Visit http://www.smchd.org/covid-19-testing for locations and hours. If your test results are positive, follow Health Department guidance.
  4.  Quarantine for 10 days.

We recognize that this is a time of uncertainty and, now more than ever, it is important to have clear communications in place to ensure that information is shared in an effective and timely manner. To this end, we are committed to providing additional updates as further information is made available.

In the meantime, we will continue to do all that we can to support our residents, fellow team members, and the  community.

Sincerely,
Cedar Lane Management