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Navigating a New Normal at Woodland Terrace


Alissa Sauer

Over one year ago, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 virus a global pandemic. The world has changed in so many ways over the past year as we ‘masked up,’ quarantined, and did whatever we needed to do to stay healthy while navigating rapidly changing health protocols. As we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel with the distribution of vaccinations, what does it mean for residents at Woodland Terrace independent living?

Enhanced Protocols at Woodland Terrace

Residents at Woodland Terrace were among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Working closely with the local CVS pharmacy, an astounding 98 percent of our staff and residents are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Quarantines that accompanied the pandemic alerted many families to the need for senior living. In Bothell, senior living communities like Woodland Terrace were able to provide a high level of social engagement and interaction while still exceeding CDC guidelines. As toilet paper and hand sanitizer became scarce, Woodland Terrace residents were fully supplied.

“We would like to express our appreciation to the entire staff at Woodland Terrace in Bothell, Washington for the care and consideration of their residents, not only during the past difficult year, but also for the past 8.5 years that our mother has been a resident there. We have personally observed their patience and willingness to take the time and effort to support and assist in different circumstances. They have often gone “above and beyond” what might normally be their job. The staff is always pleasant and helpful in any conversation or circumstance. We are thankful that our mother – and by extension – our family, can be a part of the Woodland Terrace community.” –  John and Jan Vander Linden, family members of a resident

Now that most of Woodland Terrace is vaccinated, we have begun to relax some of our protocols while still remaining on high alert. Our dining room is now open for all three meals and our activities calendar is beginning to resume in-person events, all while carefully following CDC guidelines for vaccinated individuals.

Seeking Senior Living in 2021

Moving to senior living is a big decision. And now, as many families are realizing the need for independent living and assisted living, it is important to know what to look for in seeking senior care. These questions can help you as you search for senior living in 2021:

  • What are your COVID-19 protocols and guidelines?
  • Are you screening visitors for signs of the virus?
  • What are your current policies for visitors?
  • What are your plans for vaccinations?
  • Do you have restrictions for vaccinated residents?
  • How are you preparing meals for residents?
  • How are residents staying physically active during quarantine?
  • How are residents staying socially engaged and socially distanced?
  • How is your staff ensuring they are following CDC protocols?

At Woodland Terrace, we are looking forward to post-pandemic living in 2021, while remaining committed to doing the right thing for our residents, our staff, and our families. Woodland Terrace is now accepting new move-ins.

Contact us today for your free Making the Move to Senior Living Guide and to learn more about our independent living community.


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