Susan Cooper A Message from the President & CEO

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Susan Cooper

A Message from the President & CEO

My heart goes out to all who have been affected by this worldwide pandemic. During times of crisis, we often come together in ways we've never come together before. We set aside insignificant things and shift our focus to what really matters most in life...the people we love and care about. As I reflect on the past months since things began to unfold with the coronavirus (COVID-19), I am humbled by and grateful for the work of our local emergency responders, hospital professionals, and other workers who are making it possible for people to get health care services, food, supplies and medications. These "Community Heroes" lend courage, strength and sacrifice through their service to others.

Being in the retirement living business, we at Morningstar Living have a monumental responsibility to take care of and protect the people we serve..."in health and in sickness." Caring for and protecting the residents and the clients we serve is what we do. We are responsible for hundreds of residents living at our two campuses in Nazareth, and the clients we provide in-home support and care to, who are living in their homes throughout the Lehigh Valley. Our residents and our clients rely on us 24/7/365. For this reason, we've taken some very extraordinary measures to limit the risk of infection and prevent the spread of the virus in our communities:

As I think about these extraordinary changes that we've made in a short period of time, I am in awe of my team members, who come to work faithfully and work tirelessly around the clock to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Our team of Nurses, CNAs, Caregivers, Social Services, Wellness, Physical Therapy, Neighborhood and Community Life, Culinary Services, Maintenance and Security, Groundskeeping, Housekeeping, Transportation, IT and Administration...these are the Morningstar Living Heroes.

Yes, the world has certainly changed as a result of COVID-19, and so have we at Morningstar Living. Who knows how long we'll be dealing with this pandemic and its' aftermath? And while there may be more changes and uncertainty in the months that lie ahead, there is one thing of which I am absolutely certain...the mission and core purpose of Morningstar Living has never been more important.

"Making a difference...by enriching life's journey for all we serve."

Going Green. At Moravian Hall Square, Going Green is important to our residents and staff alike.

Home Wellness Going Green

goinggreenMoravian Hall Square established the Morningstar Living Sustainability Committee to find practical and efficient ways to reduce global warming, conserve natural resources, increase energy conservation and educate ourselves on reducing the impact on our fragile planet from plastic water bottles in landfills to plastic bags killing wildlife on land and sea.

Moravian Hall Square residents and staff have taken on the challenge by finding and using recycled paper products, setting up single stream recycling containers for residents and staff to collect more recyclables, and reducing our use of energy. Styrofoam has virtually been eliminated from the facility. We are making great progress in using electricity at off peak hours; installing motion detector lights in common areas, setting computers to “sleep” when not in use, changing temperature settings a few degrees and turning off lights when leaving rooms. The first three months of encouraging off peak (6pm-10am) energy use brought a 4.1% decrease. And we now have 50% of our electricity coming from Green sources.

Another important role of the Sustainability Committee is to provide education, heighten awareness of the magnitude of this worldwide problem and offer simple tips to residents and staff: using cloth bags instead of plastic for groceries, how to register to stop receiving junk mail, where to buy local produce, how to garden organically, etc.

Our garden space offers raised beds for ease of access, and is complete with composting tumblers and rainwater collection barrels to make the most of our natural resources.

Since 2014, the Sustainability Committee has had a robust composting program set up within the resident garden.  With composting tumblers in place, residents are able to turn their kitchen waste into compost that is then used throughout the community’s gardens.  The hope is that as the composting program grows it will eventually remove all compostable food products from the waste stream.

 

 

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