Community Update – Upcoming Holidays

. Posted in FPH

November 13, 2020

Dear Porter McGrath Residents, Assisted Living Residents, and Family of Residents;

Thanksgiving will be here in two weeks with Christmas and New Year’s following shortly after. We know residents and their family members are considering how to safely spend time together this holiday season. The Center for Disease Control notes the safest way to celebrate is to celebrate only with people who live in the same household as each other.

Like each of you, the wellbeing of our residents is our primary focus. Should you together -individual residents and their families- decide they would like to gather off-campus for Thanksgiving in order to be together as a family, we suggest you check out the following CDC recommendations to make the visit safer:

Also, we have two options for family members to see their loved one here Thanksgiving week, rather than gathering off-campus due to the risk:

On Tuesday, November 24th at 10:30 am there will be a “Thanksgiving Car Parade” here. Please call or email Ann Smith at 688-5521 or
if you are interested in participating in this parade. Team members bring the residents outside to see their loved ones as they slowly pass by, and enjoy the parade.

On Wednesday, November 25th, we are organizing an outdoor Thanksgiving lunch for up to two family members and their loved one(s) here. We will be outside in the Helen Berry Garden and the B-Parking Lot depending on how many family members pre-register. We will be serving lunch and request donations to cover the cost of the meals provided. Please register no later than Tuesday, November 17 by calling or emailing Ann Smith at 688-5521 or

Please note that should we have rain either day we will need to cancel each event (let us pray for beautiful days!).

Also, if you should decide to take your resident family member off-campus into your homes during this holiday period, they will be required to be screened upon their return. Upon return it may be determined they will need to isolate for up to 14 days and/or be provided a COVID-19 test and isolate until a negative result on the test is received in order to minimize risk to them and other residents. If you would prefer for us to make arrangements to test your loved one after they have returned, please let us know by contacting Pam Herbert, Director of Assisted Living and Transitional Care Services, before November 20th. A number of family members and residents have requested this option already and there is no added cost to the resident or their family members.

We are thankful for the privilege to serve our residents and their families each and every day. At Florida Presbyterian Homes we view this service as a ministry and strive to live out our Values: Choice; Compassion; Community; Opportunity; Security; and Integrity; to the best of our abilities.

Like you, we want these holidays to be a time that is memorable for good things and the wellbeing of our residents is each of our priorities.

If you should have any questions about these activities, please contact either of us.


Maria Rivera, Administrator, and Joe Xanthopoulos, Executive Director/CEO

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