What if Kallimos Existed Today?
As we ponder this question, a few things come to mind:
Kallimos is not regulated by governmental agencies, therefore, each person or their family would be able to decide who might enter their home.
Neighbors might even have a family member or other care partner move in with them for the duration of the imposed isolation.
Neighbors have their own home. They are far less exposed than those in congregate living designs. Infection control becomes so much easier.
Fewer people would be needed to interact with the neighbors. Those receiving home health services, would have fewer people entering their homes to provide care, lowering their risk of exposure.
Meals could be prepared in their own home or delivered from the common houses to their doors.
The elders in Kallimos would have many neighbors who would be willing to help.
Neighbors could share food and supplies among themselves.
Kallimos elders would have younger neighbors who could run to the grocery store or pharmacy for them as they needed.
There would be community gardens where fresh vegetables and herbs could be gathered and distributed, even when grocery stores are running short.
The community itself would have stores of food and supplies that could be shared with neighbors.
Both planned and spontaneous social distancing events would keep people in touch with their neighbors and provide respite from boredom.
Neighbors could get outdoors, maintain social distancing parameters and still enjoy nature, fresh air and exercise.
Elders could sit on their porches and still enjoy watching the neighbor children play.
It may seem ironic on the surface that a place like Kallimos that is intended to maximize social capital might also
be the best place to socially isolate; but it is true.
In our caring community, we shelter each other, equally managing safety and good health, with social and emotional well-being.