Since the coronavirus pandemic first entered the United States in early 2020, countless communities and businesses have experienced significant hardships. Communities that have been particularly affected by the coronavirus pandemic around the country are assisted living facilities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, some of the major risk factors for contracting coronavirus are age and pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Most assisted living facilities currently care for patients that are considered to be high-risk for contracting the virus. In order to reduce the risk of an outbreak within assisted living communities, try following some of these CDC-approved tips.
Cancel Non-Essential Events
Assisted living facilities typically holding events or activities throughout the week for its residents to participate in. While these activities are essential for its residents to remain active and social, they generally encourage larger group gatherings to complete. As part of the nation’s efforts to slow the coronavirus spread, group gatherings have been either discouraged or banned in numerous states. This is why it is important for assisted living facilities to cancel or reschedule group activities or events for the time being. This gives healthcare professionals the opportunity to prevent the virus from spreading within the community.
Limit All Non-Essential Visitors
Given that most assisted living populations are considered high-risk for contracting coronavirus, contact with individuals outside of the community should be limited until other preventative measures can be put into place. Limit all non-essential visitors to the facility until further notice, and practice safe precautionary measures with essential visitors. This could include taking temperatures checks at the entrance of the community, as this can prevent germs from spreading once inside.
Help Residents Connect With Others
While the social distancing guidelines have been put into place to protect the residents of assisted living facilities, many people may find it difficult to adjust to a more isolated lifestyle. When possible, look for creative ways to keep residents engaged with family members and other residents. If a facility has access to video technology, it may help residents to schedule a time to do a video chat with family members outside of the community. Doing so can help residents going through a difficult time.