It’ll take much more than a pandemic to keep Norman Voss from entertaining his favorite seniors!
Norman, a local vocalist and entertainer, began performing for the residents regularly at Arbor Terrace Fairfax before the COVID-19 quarantine. Recently, he returned to perform again – but under social distancing restrictions. Those didn’t hold Norman back at all. He brought along two fellow musicians – a guitarist and a drummer, both volunteers – and the trio serenaded each resident through his or her apartment window.
“Norman brought an amplifier and got up into the bushes – whatever it took to make sure the resident could see and hear them,” said Christine Swann, Engagement Director at Arbor Terrace Fairfax. “The residents were so happy to see him.”
While the Fairfax Engagement team has kept residents musically entertained during the quarantine with recorded music and YouTube performances, Christine said, “It’s different when there’s a real-live person with a guitar, singing directly to you. And Norman has such a passion for seniors. He tells them, ‘I love you’ and ‘It’s good to see you.’ He even makes up new songs! He really gives it his all."
Norman's repertoire includes a wide range of music, with rock songs from the 1980s and 1990s to old standards made famous by crooners like Frank Sinatra. Norman also has performed at Arbor Terrace Sudley Manor and other local senior living communities. Occasionally, he volunteers to spread a little musical cheer with performances for homeless people in the area.
Christine shared photos and videos of Norman's visit with family members, who expressed their gratitude. Norman’s serenading is just one example of how Fairfax’s Engagement team is devising innovative ways to keep residents active and engaged during the quarantine, Christine said.
“We’re keeping the creative wheels going,” she said. “We’re working hard to give all the love and care we can, and all the smiles we can, despite the restrictions.”