Worldwide and locally in the District as the winter months approach, Covid cases are surging. We hope all of our Friends, near and far, stay safe and well. Here at the Aged Woman’s Home of Georgetown, our independent-minded women have rolled up their sleeves and participated in keeping the Home clean, disinfected, and operating as usual, in these challenging times.
It has not always been easy as our Guests live in tight quarters with shared baths. So many packages have been delivered in the past 8 months, we have considered putting a United States Post Office sign on our front door. The deluge of deliveries has abated somewhat. In anticipation of the difficult months to come, the Guests have received their flu shots early and the Staff has stocked more “Covid-supplies.” Thus far, we are very happy to report, we have managed to keep things afloat and our old 1756 House still feels like a Home. Our Guests and Staff are all healthy and rigorously following the CDC guidelines.
Our Guest, JB, volunteered to sort mail and packages, disinfect, and then distribute them to Guests. Her background as a hotel worker has helped maintain the cleanliness of the Home as she oversees all aspects of the Home’s housekeeping in the absence of our cleaning company—again due to Covid- 19. She, with her military- style cleaning precision, watchful eye, and capacity to “get it done when it needs to be done” has contributed greatly to our anti-Covid success. Her nursing background and subsequent deep-seated emergency response capacity—complete with hazmat suit—has kept our Guests and the Home safe and healthy. In her good hands, life in the Home moves forward. All the while, she continues her computer classes and church mission work virtually on-line. And to us, In The Time of Covid, she has been a virtual Godsend!