Woods at Cedar run helps family celebrate Dad's birthday from a distance
Korean War veteran, 89, enjoys listening to song from balcony
A resident of The Woods at Cedar Run senior living community in Camp Hill, Lorenza Rossum celebrated his 89th birthday on March 16. With concerns over the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic prohibiting visitors at senior communities throughout the state, the Rossum family found a creative way to honor Dad.
"He's used to having us there and we didn't want him to think we forgot about him," Lorenza's son Oscar Rossum said.
Family members stood outside The Woods at Cedar Run and held poster-sized birthday greetings. They sang "Happy Birthday" to their father, who sat on the balcony outside his second-floor room. Staff members at The Woods and other residents stood nearby or on other balconies while singing along to the song.
"We wanted to do something extra special because we know they can't have that close proximity where they can give him a hug or say how much they love him," said Heather Pastick, Executive Operations Officer at The Woods at Cedar Run. "These are extraordinary circumstances. We are dedicated to helping our residents remain active and participate in fun or educational activities in these times of self-isolation."
Lorenza Rossum is a father of 12. He is a Korean War veteran.
"They were so accommodating,"
Heather Pastick, Executive Operations Officer