Lockdown with food delivery CCRC style


When we moved here, it was for life.

A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is the last place you will live. Once you buy in, you are promising, like some medieval monks, to stay in one place, one community – for literally the rest of your life.

This is the first serious test of the concept that we’ve dealt with: we have put our health and welfare into the hands of management – and they are doing everything in their power to keep us safe.

Even our tiny folksinging group – fewer than 10 people – was canceled.

And fed

We are now on total lockdown in our apartments. There will be no community events, no gatherings of people, no groups coming from outside, no family or friend visits (except for the terminal).

And the food – one of the good things about a place like this with several venues for dinner or lunch and a fair number of choices about what you may choose for those meals – is about to get very different.

We have been given a tiny number of choices (so you can tell them you’re vegetarian or don’t eat fish or dairy), and they will decide what to bring you – and deposit on the ledge outside your door!

Choice seems a minor casualty

I’m sure they will be trying to keep it as interesting as possible, and we will make do, and we have things in our freezer and pantry to supplement or replace.

We will have ways of continuing to get staples from local grocery stores.

But the ability to choose from different entrees, sides, and desserts – a big part of gracious living at a CCRC that justifies the entry and monthly fees – will be gone. For MONTHS.

We’ve never bought the 5* restaurant boast (though occasional meals are superb, the ordinary is not), but we’re about to find out what happens when they decide what we eat. And how much.

Meal TIME and TEMPERATURE will compensate a bit

We don’t have to eat dinner between 4:45 and 7pm if we choose to set the delivery aside and eat at a more normal 8-9 PM; and we DO have a microwave oven and a regular over to heat buffet food that is usually not all that hot by the time we get it to the dining room table and eat it (for me, because I bring my plates to the table on my walker’s seat, and prefer to make only one trip, cold dinner entrees are the norm).

It’s going to be institutional. It’s going to be weird.

And it’s going to be a struggle for me, the picky eater who doesn’t eat many carbohydrates.

We’ll survive – and this is the only way staff time can be used to both deal with food and  the safety precautions, too.

We will continue to be fed, like the passengers on the cruise ships, and it will be someone else’s problem as long as they are handling it.

We are lucky – it could be far worse

As it is going to be far worse for so many people out there.

We don’t have an easy way to make a change in our living arrangements – the house in New Jersey is long gone, and this is our home.

And we’re all grownups here, and will adjust, and keep the proverbial stiff upper lip.

Please note: I’m documenting and commenting, not complaining.

Meanwhile, some lovely person is reading Pride’s Children PURGATORY from Kindle Unlimited, and I’m delighted to watch their progress through the author tools we have.

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9 thoughts on “Lockdown with food delivery CCRC style

    1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

      Loss of choice, when we moved to a place where we would supposedly have all kinds of choices, is odd, even though we know how lucky we are that other people are taking care of us.

      I just hope they can keep doing it, because there are a whole lot of vulnerable people in one building here. I think management is wise to go completely apeshit about this – but at some point they WILL have to consult the residents.

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  1. Widdershins

    All those jars and bottles and packets of weird seasonings we have in the back of the fridge and cupboard (nothing too out of date 🙂 ) just might get used up now. 🙂


  2. acflory

    Honestly, Alicia, I’m thrilled that you’ve all been placed in lockdown. It’s such a relief to know that you’ll be okay. Being locked in won’t be fun but perhaps we can all find a digital way of singing like the Italians. 🙂


    1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

      Thanks – I’m fine in principle, but I’m having trouble getting to sleep every night. Like right now – after two hours of fitful sleep/lying in the dark, I had to get up to EAT something – or I won’t be able to get back to sleep. Having the low-carb version of a grilled cheese sandwich, with real bacon!

      It’s okay – we’re not going anywhere (gallows humor) – so I can sleep as late as I need to, to compensate. I’ll try to at least get out of the building tomorrow – maybe a short solitary trike ride.

      Nerves affect us all.

      Please stay well – and let me know by dropping in every once in a while.

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      1. acflory

        Just published a post that included stuff about fresh air and sunshine. A solitary walk is very good for your health, both physical and mental.

        I’ll definitely stay in touch. The online community is about to become a million times more important than ever. 🙂

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        1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

          Don’t know why I haven’t been a regular visitor to your blog – have made a note to remedy that. Good information on why you shouldn’t bring fevers down unless they get really high. Thanks!


        2. acflory

          lol – you’re welcome whenever you come, Alicia. For a long time, WordPress simply wasn’t showing me your posts. Or maybe they came through during my night and I missed them. Anyway, nice to chat again. 🙂


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