During this difficult time one of the first thoughts on many people’s minds is caring for our older loved ones and keeping them safe and healthy. As the Coronavirus or COVID-19 becomes more researched one of the things scientists are learning is how people over the age of 65 or with pre-existing autoimmune or respiratory conditions are at more risk.
For many like myself, our elderly family resides in senior living communities and this is how they are keeping our loved ones safe.
Social Distancing and Self-Quarantine
One of the key prevention recommendations given by many medical experts is social distancing and self-quarantine. Social distancing is as stated by the CDC “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance”. Self-quarantine is the practice of staying isolated if you are ill in any way to avoid exposing others to your illness.
In senior living communities this can be achieved because residents have their own rooms and personal space that they can spend time in instead of communal areas. Residents can also be immediately isolated if they show any symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread.
Another very important aspect of prevention is cleanliness, and this is a permanent standard in senior living communities. In times like this sanitation is taken extremely carefully in assisted living in order to keep our loved ones healthy. Things like washing hands and cleaning surfaces touched by many people regularly is prioritized.
Most places have hand sanitizer that contains between 60-95% alcohol, and it is used if washing hands is unavailable. Keeping your unwashed hands away from your nose, mouth and eyes can be crucial in helping to prevent COVID-19. This can be achieved with the help of senior living community staff to assist seniors in personal hygiene.
One of the great aspects of senior living that living on your own lacks is the around-the-clock care and daily monitoring. The attention to detail the care staff pays towards seniors can make a world of difference in catching early symptoms. The consistent care staff is also there to make sure that residents normal medical needs are met during this health crisis.
Restricting Flow of People in-and-out of Communities
Other methods senior living communities are using to protect their residents is by controlling the flow of nonessential personnel throughout the community to lower the risk of spreading COVID-19. This doesn’t mean you can’t visit your loved ones, but it does mean you will wash hands and try to keep traffic around the community to a minimum.
Assisted living staff will also advise any visiting family to avoid coming if they show any symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness which could potentially weaken the immune system of residents.
Even while we are going through this difficult time, senior living communities whether in Barrington, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, Lake Zurich, Deer Park, Inverness, Bull Valley, Crystal Lake, Schaumberg, and Hoffman Estates, are taking all the necessary precautions to keep your loved ones safe.