Letter to the Editor: Awareness and Appreciation Brighten Our Lives

In view of the litany of “horror stories” on evening newscasts about retirement homes and care centers, we need to share that life at Scandia Village in Sister Bay stands in stark contrast.

Residents in the Meadows, Care Center, Woodview and Birchwood have been living in isolation since mid-March – following state mandates and protocols – and cared for by a dedicated staff. There are not adequate words to describe the dedication of staff members who have taken on extra duties and executed them with care, encouragement and efficiency.

Further, the continued, varied support from the community has been heartwarming and absolutely remarkable. The list is endless. Suffice it to say that it includes village fire and safety volunteers, management and workers at Piggly Wiggly, vital contributions from the Scand Auxiliary and so many individuals.

Here, within our confined home, we, like the staff, wear masks in hallways and on walks on our attractive campus. We share experiences, frustrations and concerns about our country and the future of our children.

We believe we speak for the majority of residents when we say we want this supportive, involved community to know how much awareness and appreciation brighten the daily lives of the residents of Scandia Village.

Barbara Pederson, Patricia Smith, Barbara Larsen and Lois Rice

Sister Bay, Wisconsin