The first step in preparing for any emergency is developing a plan of action, for instance, establishing an evacuation plan in case of a fire. The next step would be putting together an emergency kit equipped with first aid supplies, food, water, etc.
In the case of a global health crisis, a senior living community serves as your plan of action and emergency kit. Retirement communities, such as CaraVita Village in Montgomery, Alabama, have strategic emergency plans and procedures in place to keep community team members, residents, guests, and families safe.
The CaraVita Village team wants to share the precautions we are taking and the added procedures we are implementing to make our senior living community the safest place to be during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
CaraVita Village COVID-19 Protocols
We understand the seriousness of the Coronavirus health crisis, and we are diligently working to incorporate added safety measures to all areas within our community to stop the spread of the disease. We believe that open communication and working together is the best way to ensure the safety of team members, residents, and families.
What We Are Doing
- While always a core to our health and safety protocols, we have increased the frequency of sanitizing all surfaces that might be touched using disinfectant wipes.
- We are cleaning and sanitizing “high traffic areas” like bathrooms and the common areas more often throughout the day, including sanitizing all doors and handles with a heightened frequency.
- Additional hand sanitizer stations have been added throughout our main building.
- Our kitchen team members, who prepare and cook food for residents, wear gloves, which are changed frequently in the course of our standard sanitation protocols.
- We have continued our existing protocols to evaluate our team members’ health and wellness daily. Our goal is to not only make sure our team members are well but that anyone who may be ill or who could have been exposed to any infectious disease stays home.
How You Can Help
- Please frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds with disinfectant soap and water.
- Any coughs and sneezes should be covered by your sleeve. Report any symptoms to your doctor as soon as possible.
- Avoid large gatherings of residents. As a precaution, several of our activities have been suspended.
- When approaching the front desk, please allow 6-10 feet of space between yourself and the receptionist.
- Stay home. Contact the front desk about the meal delivery options we have available.
- Limit visits to only necessary medical personnel.
Receive Care Within the Community
Aside from the safety precautions and protocols that CaraVita Village has implemented, senior living communities remain one of the safest places during a health crisis. How? Individuals are able to receive care and other medical attention within the community, thus reducing unnecessary exposure that is inevitable in a hospital or other medical office setting.
Because we have limited visitors to medical personnel only, the number of individuals that residents come in contact with is reduced, as is their exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
Residents in a Retirement Community are More Connected
Socialization is an essential aspect of the overall health and wellness among older adults, but, due to the current climate, socializing has become more challenging. If an individual lives alone, he or she is mostly cut off from in-person contact with others. However, living in a senior living community allows individuals to stay more connected to peers during this health crisis. Individuals living within a community atmosphere are provided with more opportunities to connect [at a safe distance] with others through dining services and other activities that are offered.
During the global COVID-19 pandemic, we need to remain a community and work together to protect individuals and further prevent the spread of the virus. We are continuously monitoring cases and updating recommended safety guidelines and protocols within our CaraVita Village community.
For more information on what we are doing to keep residents and their families safe, or how our community could be the safest place for you during this health crisis, contact our team.