The COVID pandemic has altered operational procedures in institutions and communities, including senior living facilities. As we enter into the cooler months of the year, we need to be very cautious as to rising cases of COVID and how they can impact senior living communities.
While there are some risks associated with living in close quarters with other people, there are also some important safety measures that can be taken to protect residents in these communities.
For starters, it is important to choose a senior living community that has implemented strict safety protocols to protect residents from exposure to the virus. These may include regular cleaning and disinfecting of common areas, as well as providing private rooms for each resident. In addition, many senior living communities are now offering virtual tours so potential residents can get a better idea of the layout and see how the staff is working to keep everyone safe.
When it comes to actually moving into a senior living community, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to stay safe. Here are some of the regulations and safety protocols that are now in place to ensure it’s safe for seniors to go to a senior living community:
COVID-19 vaccination and testing
You must be tested for COVID-19 as a senior in a senior living community. This is important not just for your health but for the health of the other residents in the facility.
Senior living communities now have efficient protocols for deep cleaning and sanitization.
Areas like common spaces, dining spaces, and entry points are regularly sanitized and disinfected with the implementation of IPC (infection Prevention and Control) programs.
Technological advances in healthcare have made all these possible by installing air purification systems and on-site disinfectants. These protocols will alter the standards of senior living communities regarding healthcare for years to come.
Quarantine as a preventive measure
New guidelines can require new residents undergo a two-week quarantine before gaining full admittance into the facility.
Preventive quarantine has been used throughout the years in the healthcare industry, and its incorporation into senior care living is a positive one.
PPE inventory and wellness support
Senior living communities also have access to personal protective equipment like sanitizers, face masks, and other equipment. There are wellness support systems to combat the effects of isolation and provide emotional and mental support to residents.
Visitors and Unnecessary Travel
First and foremost, it is important to check with the senior living community to see what their policies are regarding visitors and travel. Some communities may have stricter guidelines in place during this time, so it is best to check beforehand.
Additionally, it is important to consider your own personal health situation. If you or someone you are close to has underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk for complications from COVID-19, it may be best to avoid travel at this time.
If you decide to leave your home, looking for the right senior living community can be a long and overwhelming process. We are hear to help!
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