Dozens of well-wishers gathered at Life Care Center of Auburn Friday morning to provide a much-needed show of appreciation for the staff and residents of the facility. Like many long-term care facilities, LCC has been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The Auburn location made news last week when there was a significant jump in positive tests in just a couple of days. Life Care staff says the majority of the patients and staff who tested positive cases continue to show no signs or symptoms of the disease.
Understandably, the mood and morale of staff, residents and administrators also took a big hit, as all have been working hard to implement and follow all the new requirements and health safety precautions introduced in the last 10 or so weeks.
In an effort to show the appreciation for these health care workers’ efforts, several Auburn business and community leaders organized an appreciation parade at the facility on Masonic Circle. Residents from a wide range of the community turned up for the parade. Included were family members of Life Care residents and caregivers, business associates, friends, and appreciative residents.
Escorted by Auburn Police, a stream of decorated cars and trucks honked, hald signs, played music, and waved to staff and residents, some of whom were able to venture outside. Many others watched from inside the facility. In addition, the parade organizers solicited donations and were able to provide over 100 Dunkin’ gift cards to be distributed to Life Care caregivers.