As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues, fear of exposure has caused many adult children to take on the responsibility of caring of their aging loved ones. However, an assisted living community setting is safer than most home settings.
Here are a few reasons why moving your loved one into an assisted living community during the pandemic is the right decision:
1. Safety Protocols
Assisted living communities are following CDC recommended COVID-19 protocols regarding social distancing, sanitation, cleaning procedures, and limitations of visitors. Additionally, senior communities remain well-stocked with resources such as toiletries, medications, food, water, and other necessities.
Pandemics can cause individuals to feel alone and isolated. This especially affects older individuals due to limited visitations and social distancing. Many seniors do not have the resources or technology to keep in contact with their loved ones. However, most assisted living communities have the technology that will allow residents to stay in touch with their families, friends, and other loved ones.
Team members keep the residents engaged with social activities and classes, while maintaining safety protocols. It’s these engagements that help to maintain a resident’s overall health, which is especially important for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. During this pandemic, team members have been creative in engaging residents while keeping them safe and secure, decreasing the risk of exposure.
Caring for a senior can be difficult and overwhelming. Keeping yourself, as well as your loved one, healthy and safe is challenging. Having the support of an assisted living community can lessen the strain of caregiving. At senor communities, residents are provided with personalized care plans, medication management, and 24-hour care…all things that, more than likely, don’t happen at home.
5. COVID-19 Vaccinations
One of the most important reasons to move your loved one into assisted living during the pandemic is the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. The elderly are at the most risk of being infected with the Coronavirus, due to age and other underlying medical conditions. Assisted living communities are priority. Residents and team members were among the first to receive COVID-19 vaccines, at no cost, and without having to leave the comfort of their home. Moving your loved one into a community would ensure they are prioritized to receive the vaccine, thus providing their health and safety.
Avanti Senior Living’s priority the safety and wellbeing of their residents and team members. All residents at each community have been fully vaccinated, with the exception of Peoria, who has received their first dose, and scheduled for their second dose. Moving your loved one into a senior living community is one of the best decisions you can make to reduce their risk of exposure and maintain their health and wellbeing.