• By Bob Vlach Woodford Sun Staff

Families, first responders join Big L Parade at Taylor Manor

Residents of Taylor Manor Nursing Home sat outside on a sunny afternoon as their families and local first responders joined a Big L Parade May 1. The parade of vehicles circled Taylor Manor’s parking lot twice – most honking horns and many decorated – while residents and staffers made noise shaking thundersticks. “We wanted to make it a parade for the residents, so I was excited,” said Sister Mary Foustina, administrator of Taylor Manor. The Berry Avenue nursing home has not allowed visitors since the first week of March so last Friday’s Big L Parade was an opportunity for residents to see family and friends again, Director of Nursing Christina Routt said. She said residents have not been out of their rooms for any group activities to ensure they all remain healthy. “This is the most we’ve been out since March 9, that’s when we were quarantined,” said Sister Foustina, moments before last Friday’s parade began. The families of our residents “can see we’re still trying to have some fun,” she added. “And my staff is thrilled too. It gets hard.” Taylor Manor was one of five senior homes chosen for a Big L Parade in Central Kentucky, based on the number of online nominations received on the Lexington Legends’ Facebook page. Sister Foustina said she never anticipated the outpouring of support from families, friends and community members that made Friday’s parade such a success. And she never would’ve imagined so many vehicles, including a fire truck, police car and ambulance driven by local first responders, would join the parade. “I was just hoping somebody would be here,” Sister Foustina said. “… Maybe we can create a traffic jam on Berry Avenue,” was her unlikely goal, but those participating in last Friday’s parade tried their best to make that a reality too. Lots of cards In the weeks since Taylor Manor residents have been in quarantine, Sister Foustina said they have received countless cards from all over the country, including homemade cards from children as well as word search puzzle books. “Everybody,” she said, “likes to receive mail.”

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