After a long and eventful year of virtual programming, the Longview-Ithaca College partnership is re-established in person for the 2021-2022 academic year with new guidelines in order to ensure everyone’s safety.
Long-term vision, a retirement home located across from campus on Bella Vista Dr., has had a relationship with the college for over 20 years. The partnership allows students to organize activities for residents and allows residents of Longview to be a part of the campus community by evaluating classes. When COVID-19 became a major danger in the United States in March 2020, the college was forced to continue the semester virtually, including the Longview program, which remained virtual until the fall of 2021.
The program will work with certain guidelines in place in order to keep all communities safe, as the residents are part of a vulnerable age group and the college is almost back to normal when it comes to interactions with students, said Jessica Valdez Taves, partnership coordinator IC and Assistant Professor in the Department of Gerontology. All visitor Go in Longview of the college must be fully vaccinated, perform daily health checks, take a temperature check, wear a facial mask and wear a face shield or goggles in addition to a mask if you are visiting the assisted living or upgraded residence.
Taves said college takes it all day to day in order to ensure everyone’s safety and follow the necessary guidelines.
“Here in the Ithaca community, we are making changes on the fly and trying to find what is best for each of our communities,” she said. “In trying to figure out where the safety is, how do we make sure the people of Longview feel safe with the Ithaca College students coming down and vice versa.”
All Longview staff will have to get the first one dose of vaccine by October 7, as it is required for New York State nursing homes Department regulations, said Paul Phillips, CEO of Longview.
Phillips said the relationship between Longview residents and college students is special compared to other similar programs.
“IC and Longview have the real deal,” he said. “It’s really collaborative learning, it’s intergenerational education. It is a wonderful free flow of ideas, of perspectives, through the generations.
Bree Nash, Ithaca College of Longview Iand a member of the Recreation Department, said every precaution is being taken to ensure the safety of all.
“The registration process takes a little longer and the lobby is a bit busy, but that somehow adds to the excitement of returning students,” she said.
The protocol is subject to change as the partnership must follow both state mandates and Tompkins County Rules.
Students in recreation therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, gerontology and speech therapy, as good as Center for Life Skills members, often attend activities at Longview, said Catherine Gooch, director of vslinic etraining, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and program manager for the Center for Life Skills. The Center for Life Skills program is located in Longview and works with community members who have suffered a stroke. The program was entirely remote last semester and students would see residents virtually through Zoom rather than organizing in-person activities.
Gooch said participants are assigned a number of students from multiple disciplines to provide rehabilitation services to meet their specific needs with the goal of improving their quality of life and regaining their independence.
“We have a holistic approach with the program, where a big component of the program is interdisciplinary work,” she said. “So we have several disciplines working with the same participant. “
Junior Telden Lopes-Lotufo, a therapeutic recreation student involved with the Center for Life Skills this semester, noted on the first day, she played a fall-themed bingo game with her participants to observe their motor functions and verbal skills.
“This is my first time working with occupational therapy and speech therapy,” she said. “So I think it’s really a, a really good opportunity to know how to work as a team and how to collaborate on ideas, collaborate on patients and understand what patients need and create a program plan for them.
Haley Crumlish senior, Longview sstudent rRepresentative and Director of Activities, said the most impactful experience she had at Longview was a project she completed during her sophomore year at college. She said she took a course called Sociology of Aging and was matched with a resident to write a biography on that resident’s life.
“The best part about the relationship with Longview is how involved the students are,” she said. “It gives me the opportunity to work with seniors and that’s the area I want to go into.