Parade allows relatives to say hello to residents, staff


Residents of Chateau Madeleine enjoyed a drive-through and visitation parade on April 17.

Adam Palumbo

Friends and relatives got the opportunity to say hello to loved ones and staff during a drive-through, isolation and visitation parade April 17 at the Chateau Madeleine Senior Living and Memory Care facility in Melbourne.

Several family members decorated their cars with all sorts of signs, teddy bears and pictures for the residents in order to say hello to their loved ones.

Eric Hardoon, the executive director at Chateau Madeleine, said the facility is all about spreading positive messages during rough times.

“It’s about getting a whole community together and really having a good time,” Hardoon said.

“This is the best place in the world,” said Judy Ebert, one of dozens of community residents that lined up in front to watch the parade. “It really is the best place because we are so well-loved and so cared for.” 

Ebert’s family lives in New York and Missouri but said she loved seeing the car parade because it was just the medicine she needed.

“We have parties every day and stuff like this,” Ebert said.

Many family members used to visit the residents every day but because of COVID-19 guidelines, they had to find other ways to say hello.

At the end of the event, seniors voted on their favorite car from the parade.

Chateau Madeleine features an impressive menu of top-shelf amenities and precise services specially designed for supported independent living residents.

Chateau Madeleine Supported Independent Living lifestyle offers seniors the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of living in a resort style retirement community environment while maintaining independence and privacy.

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