As COVID-19 makes its way across the globe, individuals, families, communities and organizations have been forced to adjust their practices and behaviors in a number of unexpected ways. No one could have known when this year started that we would be social distancing, quarantining, wearing face masks and taking extra safety precautions to limit the spread of this unknown virus to our friends and family.
While it’s been a challenge to limit visitors and maintain safe distance between families and their loved ones living in senior communities, care facilities like Saint Therese are working hard to ensure the health and safety of our residents, and we’re doing everything we can to ensure our residents feel loved and cared for. Here are just a few benefits to living in a senior community during COVID-19.
Five Benefits of Senior Communities During COVID
By Jenny Hart
Jenny Hart is a health and wellness writer with a passion for travel, cycling, and books. Her focus is topics related to the effects of aging on health and she is interested in research that can help people age better. When she isn’t writing or traveling, she’s traversing NYC with her two dogs Poochie and Ramone.
1. Safety and security
Living in a senior community during a pandemic can feel scary and overwhelming, but there are often a number of protocols and procedures in place that ensure everyone is safe and secure.
Visitors are likely limited, minimizing your exposure to the virus, and the staff are likely required to take certain precautions as well, such as wearing masks and gloves, and keeping a safe distance when not providing immediate care. If you have questions about the safety precautions your community has taken, speak with your caretaker for more information.
2. Regular cleaning and disinfecting
At senior communities, the custodial staff makes sure all surfaces and spaces are properly cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. This is especially helpful for those who may not be able to be up and about at home, cleaning and disinfecting.
Your care facility will have CDC-approved cleaning products and disinfectants available, so you can be sure your environment is safe and clean at all times. Some have even brought in professional cleaning and disinfecting companies for COVID-19.
3. Trained medical professionals on site
When we’re facing a global health crisis like COVID-19, it’s comforting to know that there are trained medical professionals, access to medical clinics, and health care services available to those who live in senior communities.
People who are over the age of 65, or who have underlying medical conditions are among the most susceptible to develop a complication from the virus. Whether you’ve experienced a serious cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or stroke, or you have diabetes, or you’ve experienced symptoms of kidney disease, it’s important to inform on-site medical professionals so they can get you the care.
4. Scheduled activities
It’s no secret that the days can run together and feel monotonous when your senior community is taking extra precautions to keep its residents safe and healthy. Luckily, most facilities have scheduled activities and events that can help keep you moving and active while in quarantine.
Check with your community leader about fitness classes, art lessons or scheduled games that could be taking place in your facility. Some have even utilized digital technology to give their residents access to teachers and activities virtually.
5. Safer socialization
Social distancing can feel isolating and impersonal, but living in a senior community ensures you’ll have plenty of interaction with your peers and loved ones. From seeing your friends face-to-face, to utilizing your facility’s video and conference technology to get in touch with your loved ones, there are plenty of ways to stay connected during COVID-19 in a senior community.
Unlike those who may have to quarantine at home, those living in a community of other adults will have access to socialization opportunities that others do not.
If you or your loved one are in need of the care provided at a senior community, contact us to learn more about whether Saint Therese is the right place for you.