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ASC Cavalry, Horses of Hope

COVID-19, Other | April 28, 2020

At American Senior Communities (ASC), caring people — and horses — make the difference. During current visitation restrictions due to COVID-19, the ASC Cavalry – Horses of Hope hit the road and traveled from South Bend, IN to Louisville, KY and everywhere in between. They visited residents and team members of American Senior Communities locations across the state. With nearly 90 locations, this true horse-and-pony show brought a unique experience to brighten the day of many of our ASC family members.

The therapy horses’ workday typically includes events for children, but now they have found a different calling. When the COVID-19 visitor restrictions began, American Senior Communities Senior Executive, Wess Jackson and Marci Jackson wanted to find safe new ways to bring support and comfort to their residents and staff. That is when they came up with the idea to take their small herd — including Hero, Goldie, and Romeo the pony — to visit every ASC Community.

The horses visited at resident’s windows. They even had the opportunity to be a part of a few birthday celebrations. The horses have become some of the newest members of the ASC Frontline staff.  “These horses are essential workers because it’s essential that my staff and residents smile!” Wess said. “Emotional wellbeing is as important as physical wellbeing.”

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