Denton, Texas – Ginny Gross, director of nursing, and Cathleen Coil, activity director, know residents of Good Samaritan Society – Lake Forest Village miss their families. The COVID-19 pandemic has made contact with loved ones more challenging and led to feelings of isolation and loneliness. One day, they looked out their windows at the facility’s Healing Garden and inspiration struck.
“Why not have a garden party in this beautiful space?” Gross said. “We could tape off spaces that were 6 feet apart. We could serve staggered meals for residents. We’re still on lockdown, and we knew this could really help.”
The Healing Garden at Good Samaritan Society – Lake Forest Village lives up to its name. Bees buzz among the flowers. Gentle breezes invite lingering along the shady walkways. The peaceful space exists thanks to a generous grant from the Denton Benefit League and matching donations from community members. And peace is much needed during a pandemic.