Every time Adam Abeshouse is able to procure personal protective equipment (PPE) he jumps in his car and heads to the Ambassador of Scarsdale on Saxon Wood Road. When he gets there, employees graciously take the much-needed equipment and also bring along Abeshouse’s 88-year-old mother, who has been living at the facility for four and a half years. As his mother sits on an outdoor bench, Abeshouse rolls down a window to talk with her from his car — the new normal for many families since the coronavirus took hold in New York.
“I felt badly that I wasn’t able to do really anything to help my mom through this,” said Abeshouse, who has donated 40 hazmat suits, 700 surgical masks and 100 KN-95 masks to the Ambassador. “As a single person, I’m not going to have enough to supply everybody, but at least it makes me feel like I’m doing something to contribute.”
Like many senior living facilities across the country, the Ambassador of Scarsdale has not been immune to the coronavirus. According to its president, Jean Dunphy, the facility requested families not to visit beginning March 4, six days before the New York State Department of Health mandated that all assisted living facilities ban all nonessential visitors.