Months into the COVID-19 pandemic and the country is beginning to reopen. What does this mean for you or your loved one as part of our senior living family? First, know that we remain 100 percent committed to limiting exposure to our residents, families and team members. Here’s how.
Staying the Course
As things open locally, our communities are maintaining current protocols and asking families to be patient as we continue to be closed to visitors for the near future for the wellbeing of our residents. In addition, we are asking our team members to use caution and to respect social distancing, hand washing and limiting personal exposure while not at work.
The Steps We’re Taking at Vitality
We are closely monitoring the situation and will adjust policies as set by state and federal officials. Our strategy follows infection control protocols as well as CMS restrictions and includes:
- Limited engagement to small groups and in settings where 6 feet of distance between individuals can be maintained.
- Dining restrictions
- In Assisted Living and Independent living – all dining limited to apartments.
- In Memory Care, dining areas set-up to accommodate social distancing of 6 feet between individuals.
- We may open the dining room to smaller resident groupings while respecting social distancing. We will continue to keep you updated on any changes in resident dining experience as decisions are made.
- Multiple daily temperature checks for all residents.
- Providing daily updates via Facebook in each community.
- Scheduling FaceTime/ Skype sessions for residents and families.
- Encouraging residents who are able to spend time outside when weather permits. Social distancing is respected while outside.
For Team Members
- Allowing only essential individuals in our communities (those providing needed essential care for our residents).
- Frequent disinfecting of commonly touched environmental surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
- Team members providing direct care wear PPE.
- All team members equipped with proper PPE in the event of a positive COVID-19 case.
- Ask team members to complete a screening questionnaire and have their temperature taken daily.
- Strict adherence to CDC hand washing and hand sanitizer guidelines.
- Frequent sanitization of all common areas and surfaces.
- New move-ins are tested 72 hours prior to move-in date.
- Only those testing negative are allowed to move-in.
- Current residents exhibiting potential symptoms.
- Team members/staff exhibiting potential symptoms and/or potential exposure are tested.
- Potential new team members tested before start date. Only those testing negative are allowed to start work.
We’re still welcoming new residents to our communities – safely! To learn more, contact us to schedule a virtual tour.