While some senior living communities in Tennessee have recently opened to outside visitors, Traditions of Smyrna (part of Vitality Living) is maintaining its current protocols and asking families to be patient and understanding that they will continue to be closed to visitors for the near future. They are also asking team members to use caution and practice social distancing, handwashing and limiting personal exposure while not at work.

To keep residents connected to their families and friends, Traditions of Smyrna invited families and friends to decorate their vehicles red, white and blue to celebrate Independence Day with a drive-thru parade. Residents were outdoors and followed social distancing protocols during the parade.

Traditions of Smyrna is making use of its beautiful outdoor spaces, abundant technology options and some good old-fashioned creativity to keep residents and families connected during COVID-19. For example, they are doing daily updates via Facebook Live and helping loved ones connect with video chat.

Some of the residents shown here proudly waving American flags and watching their loved ones drive by.