Senior living move-ins during COVID-19
Avamere Living, providing assisted living, independent living, and memory care for seniors, knows the COVID-19 pandemic has produced challenges for senior living communities. Avamere was quick to respond to the pandemic in March and implemented several safety measures and new procedures to ensure new residents move-in safely. Whether they are coming from a hospital to a skilled nursing community or a senior becoming a resident at a community-based care location, Avamere is prepared.
So, how can family members and seniors be confident that the move-in process will be safe into a senior living community?
Enhanced cleaning, sanitizing, and surface testing
We are taking extra care sanitizing our high-contact areas in our communities on a regular schedule. We’ve partnered with a cleaning company specializing in senior housing. Regular surface testing has also been implemented. Now more than ever, we are working hard to enhance the lives of every person we serve.
Our communities are performing regular COVID-19 testing to both our team members, residents, and patients. Employees are screened before every shift, including a temperature check. All residents are prescreened before they move in. It’s one of many ways we are heightening our safety during these unprecedented times.
Wearing a mask helps reduce the spread of the respiratory droplets that carry COVID-19. All team members are wearing masks and/or face shields while in our communities. Residents are also wearing masks, which are provided by our communities as needed.
Following CDC guidelines during COVID-19 is important. One of those guidelines is practicing social distancing and staying 6 feet apart. This helps reduce the spread of the coronavirus and gives seniors an added boost to stay safe. Our communities are enforcing social distancing in many ways. Dining rooms are closed and meal service is in individual rooms. Activities like bingo take place in hallways and exercise classes are in large rooms so residents can spread out.
With few exceptions (like end-of-life care), no external visitors are allowed in our communities at this time. Many communities are organizing window visits for residents, finding creative ways to make the experience enjoyable, like using special decorations. In some communities, depending on local CDC guidelines and government ordinances, outdoor visits with family members are occurring with the use of a clear screen to separate visitors from residents.
Dedication from team members
We’re all in this together. Our compassionate team members in our communities are living by our one of our core values, quality that is obvious, at this critical time. In fact, some have volunteered extra time or gone up and beyond for our residents. See our latest blog posts, where we highlight some of these stories.