NEW HARTFORD — Social distancing is one of the mandates of the coronavirus pandemic — stay six feet apart at all times; no physical contact. In public places, the rules may be a little easier to follow, but people living in an adult community might feel a little claustrophobic by now. They are often asked to stay in their own spaces as much as possible.
Tim and Lynne Bobroske, owners of three active adult communities, have watched their residents soldier on through the pandemic, and noticed some were becoming sad.
“I thought, we have to do something,” Tim Bobroske said. “We have all these nice seniors, cooped up and melancholy. Why don’t we get them some flowers?”
Thursday morning, Bobroske arrived carrying long boxes filled with individually wrapped spring flowers for each and every resident. He started at 11 a.m.
“My wife Lynne and I saw many happy faces and received many thanks,” Bobroske said. “I had such a great day. Doing that just made so many people’s day; they didn’t expect it. It makes you feel good, with all this crap going on.”
The couple are owners of Quail Hollow Village in Terryville, Thomaston Valley Village in Thomaston, and Canterbury Village in New Hartford.
Bobroske’s properties are for independent, active adults who choose to live in a community and are over 50. Between the three communities, there are 200 people living in various size apartments. During the pandemic, there’s one basic rule. “Whoever comes in, they can’t be sick,” Bobroski said. “We’ll all stay safe, if we all do what we’re supposed to do.”
Paul Winar moved into Canterbury Village six years ago. “We’re doing pretty good,” he said. “Tim and Lynne are always thoughtful, and they do a good job here. I moved in 6 years ago in June ... when I turned 65, I was ready to move.”
Winar’s approach to staying home is to keep things structured, he said. “I have a routine every day that I try to stick to,” he said “I work out, do a little work on the computer, make a phone call or two. Amost every day, I try to do that. I also catch up on old TV shows. This week it was Dick Van Dyke and old football games.”
Bobroski had sympathy for his tenants, and is looking forward to the state opening up again, whenever that happens. “Our residents are hanging in there, but they can’t wait until this is over,” he said.