Whether you are currently living in an assisted living community or are considering making the transition, you may wonder what senior living is like during the coronavirus pandemic. What kind of procedures and policies have senior living communities put into place? How has the experience changed for their residents? While senior living during a pandemic might not sound like an ideal situation, many senior living communities like Summer’s Landing are doing everything they can to keep their residents and their team members safe and supported.
Changes to Senior Living During the Pandemic
When the coronavirus pandemic began, it was soon clear that older adults were at higher risk of developing complications due to the virus. Some of the more severe outbreaks of the virus have occurred within closed communities such as senior living communities. For that reason, many communities quickly had to put into place new rules and procedures in order to keep residents safe. Many of these policies involved who was allowed in or out of the community.
For many seniors, these new rules meant that their loved ones such as friends and family members could not come and visit them in person. Instead, these visitations had to happen in a socially distanced way. Many families became creative, spending time with loved ones in the following ways:
- Through windows
- Over FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom
- Socially-distanced outdoor visits
Other policies included limitations on where team members were allowed to go in order to keep residents safe. Many team members had to limit their interactions outside of work. This helped to slow the spread of the coronavirus in many senior living communities.
And just like in many places outside of senior living communities, residents and team members have grown accustomed to wearing masks when interacting with others. They’ve also become more diligent than ever about washing their hands and sanitizing surfaces.
Future Changes to Senior Living
What can you expect to see in senior living communities in the future? In many communities, you might see more reliance on telehealth. These services allow residents to connect with a healthcare provider over the phone or through a video conferencing service. This way, residents don’t need to leave the community for doctor’s appointments, and fewer visitors enter the community.
For many seniors, these communities allow them to stay connected with others in a safe, supportive community. It’s likely that the popularity of senior care services will only increase as seniors want to stay safe from potential viruses and other threats to their health.
If you’re looking into your options for senior living during the pandemic or want to feel confident about making the move to one in the future, consider Summer’s Landing in sunny Florida for your assisted living services.
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In our senior living program in FL, we are doing everything we can to keep our residence and our team members safe during the coronavirus pandemic. This includes carefully monitoring the health of our residents, making sure that our team members are regularly tested for the coronavirus, and sanitizing surfaces constantly. However, we’re also ensuring that our residents still enjoy their time at Summer’s Landing. We haven’t stopped providing exciting senior activities and events every day, and we know that keeping up with friends and family is incredibly important. For that reason, we are committed to providing numerous ways for residents and their families to keep in touch.
In our assisted living program, we’re still providing the care services that our residents need. These include help with all of the following:
- Medication management