It wasn't an easy decision for Barbara and Duane Czajka to move out of the Chili home where they lived for 46 years.
"It was getting very hard for me to get out and around. Duane, and my children especially, were worried about me being in the house needing help," said Barbara.
For the last five years Barb and Duane have lived at the Village at Unity, on the Unity Hospital campus in Greece. It's a mix of independent, assisted and memory care living.
Duane wanted a place, as he says, that was self-contained, and "where I didn't have to do maintenance, where in case something happened to me, Barb could stay where we're at or move to one of the other units."
Both like the activities, like the summer concerts.
But there are no concerts right now, because just as it has everywhere else, the coronavirus pandemic changed a lot at the Village. Visitor restrictions have been in place since early March, residents can no longer eat in the restaurants, and activities have been cancelled or curtailed.
“Our team is amazing," said Village General Manager Mike Matteo. "They just flexed into it and started to do things differently. We did a meal a day, delivered to every resident who wanted it. We then moved into, ‘How are we going to get them groceries?’ Because buying online was now instead of picking up in the afternoon, was picking up six or seven days past order. So we stocked our convenience store with grocery items."
“We do hallway exercise programs with five or six people standing in front of their apartments and doing stretches and getting active."
No employees have been laid off. Some have been moved around like the drivers of the Village fleet who would take residents to appointments, supermarkets or other activities. Those drivers are now helping deliver packages or groceries that cannot go past the front door.
Managers said they made sure to get every staff member and resident a mask.
No one here has tested positive for COVID-19.
"Every day we say: ‘Not in our house, not today. Not in our house, not today.’ And we go through our mantra with this is how we're going to operate today," said Matteo. "We're going to do everything we can to keep this out of the building."
Barb and Duane say they miss seeing their sons and visiting with the many neighbors who are their friends here.
But they say they feel safe as they wait for life to open back up again… so that Duane can head back to the ball park.
"I miss baseball terribly."