Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) poses a serious threat to older adults (especially 80 years old and older) and those with underlying health conditions. This is why the federal government and many state governments are restricting visitors to nursing homes and assisted living communities. We understand this is difficult, but the safety and well being of the residents is our top priority.
Here’s how you can continue to stay in touch with residents, and how you can help:
Communicate with the resident through alternative ways for the time being, whether by phone, video, social media, or other methods. Ask the facility about ways they can help with this.
Make sure the facility has your emergency contact information. The facility may need to communicate with you about any developments regarding your loved one or about the facility as a whole. If you must come to the facility, such as a loved one is near end-of-life, coordinate with the staff ahead of time. They may ask you some questions before or when you arrive. This is to make sure you do not pose as a potential risk to residents and staff. If you are asked to not enter the building, please understand this is for the safety of your loved one and everyone else in the building. Nursing homes and assisted living communities are following direction from the government to prevent the spread of this virus. If you are permitted in, please wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer immediately upon entering and throughout your visit. Go directly to the room you are visiting, avoid touching anyone in the building, and stay at least six feet away. Again, we know this is difficult, but the virus is very contagious and social distancing is important at this time.
Follow everyday preventive actions such as:
Washing your hands or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Covering your cough and sneezes, using a kleenex or your sleeve
Ask other individuals (including staff) to avoid touching you with handshakes, hugs or kisses. Ask them to wash their hands. Do not be shy! It’s okay to remind people.
If you begin to experience a sore throat, coughing, sneezing or a fever, tell a staff member immediately.
-Vicki Nemmers, Regional Manager