Classic cars rolled out for a morning drive-by at Vineyard Place, an assisted living facility, in Murrieta Thursday, Aug. 20.
“We’re trying to do as much as we can for the residents right now with limited family visitors, so I called the Drifters Car Club because our property is perfect,” Jodi Cornman, senior community relations director of Vineyard Place, an Anthem Memory Care Community, said. “I think they have over 20 cars coming and they’re just going to drive real slow a few times around the community.”
The theme was classic 50s nostalgia.
“Just to make it fun, we have 50s music that’s going to play,” Cornman said, and the staff dressed up with the residents in 50s attire.
With the coronavirus pandemic, it’s been difficult to coordinate social activities, she said.
“It’s limited,” Cornman said of people being able to visit. “Visitors window visit, Zoom, Skype, Facebook; we’re trying to keep in touch as much as we can.”
They went on Facebook and let the families know of the event.
At 10 a.m., cars began to roll through the lot, and residents began waving and cheering. Before starting, they had a photo booth available in front of a backdrop of classic cars.
“(The residents) they’ve known for days, and so this morning we’re getting their car shirts and all that stuff so they were just, ‘when are the cars coming?’” Cornman said.
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