Residents at an assisted-living and memory care facility in the Heights walked out the front door last Thursday morning and were greeted not by apprehension but the tuneful strumming of a guitar.
Greenwood King Properties’ Heights office put together an outdoor concert May 14 for the residents of Village of the Heights, 1407 Studewood St., to give them a breath of fresh air and chance for social interaction during a time when many senior living facilities have restricted visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Even though it was 6 feet away, it made them so happy to be in a group with their friends and be outdoors and get to hear the music,” Village of the Heights Life Enrichment Director Laurie Gagne said. “They loved it as if it was their own music. It made their day.”
According to data from Harris County Public Health, more than 3,000 of the county’s 9,000-plus COVID-19 cases have been adults at least 50 years old, while about 1,800 have been those at least 60 years old. Seniors also are at high risk for serious complications and death from COVID-19, the upper-respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Theresa Hill, Greenwood King Heights’ vice president of sales, said the concert idea was a collaboration between team members over the course of a couple of weeks as they brainstormed how to make an impact in the community amidst the pandemic.
“This gives them a chance to get outside,” she said. “We just kind of wanted to do something to give back to the community. We thought this would be a good giving-back project.
Performing live for Village of the Heights residents was longtime Houstonian and Montrose resident John Curry, who played both original songs as well as country classics such as Garth Brooks’ “Rodeo” as the seniors clapped, cheered and danced along to the beat.
For just an hour, residents weren’t stuck inside their rooms or stranded by the coronavirus. They were front row at their own private concert.
“We’re all going crazy during quarantines, but it must be worse for them since they can’t really receive any visitors,” Hill said. “We felt like this would certainly be a bright spot in their day.”