The Latest on Exceptional Senior Placement’s COVID-19 Response
Seniors in Assisted Living Communities Are Among The First Americans Vaccinated
Great News! Residents and staff of long-term care communities are being vaccinated through a federal program that has contracted with CVS and Walgreens to administer COVID-19 vaccines on-site at no cost. Many of our trusted partners working within assisted living communities have reached out to let us know their vaccination clinics have commenced and are actively in progress through the end of March.
ARE WE RETURNING TO NORMAL?
For assisted living communities that have instituted limited visits from loved ones, cut activities, and struggled to contain the virus, vaccination couldn’t come fast enough. The isolation has been tough and the vaccine provides opportunity to socialize within a community that’s been largely inoculated. For those who have been considering a senior community, this is good news and can help make the decision to move much more comforting.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE YOU MOVE IN?
Vaccination is the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, however, communities will remain vigilant in protecting residents. Senior Living Communities follow protocols and precautions based on CDC and Health Department guidelines. As we are only in the beginning stages of vaccination, in almost all cases these will include:
Social Activities: Each community can provide social and spiritual activities based on their unique situation. With vaccination nearing completion, activities, dining and socialization will continue to increase.
Dining: Most communities will begin to ease restrictions and allow residents to begin dining together in designated areas. Some will still have plastic partitions to further safeguard seniors. Others choose to provide meals directly to residents in their apartment or room. It depends on the unique situation and number of residents in each community.
Visitor restrictions: .Each community has its own protocols as it relates to visitation. While some only allow essential visitors to enter inside senior living communities, others provide outdoor visiting areas designated for families to see their loved ones. These include patios and other outdoor venues that adhere to social distancing policies while allowing a safe place to visit.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the ESP team. We are always happy to help.