Are senior living communities serving food during the coronavirus?
Yes, senior living communities are serving food during the coronavirus. However, communal dining areas are closed to ensure that residents can follow social distancing protocols and to help prevent a spread of coronavirus in the community.
Rather, staff is delivering meals to residents’ rooms. The amount of food and the number of meals and snacks delivered per day should match what was being previously provided in the dining room. Additionally, if your loved one has any dietary restrictions, the community should still be providing them with special meals to meet their needs.
As always, if the apartments and cottages have kitchens residents can choose to cook their own meals, though there may be limitations on leaving the premises for grocery store visits. Even if your loved one has limited kitchen appliances like a mini fridge, it can still be good for them to have extra food and healthy snacks on-hand. With the potentially-stressful nature of the current situation, having extra food in one’s apartment can provide comfort and security. Though your loved one may not be able to visit a grocery store themselves, arranging a delivery of groceries or packaged healthy snacks may be a good option to explore.
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Additional Coronavirus FAQs
- Is it safe to send my loved one in assisted living a package during coronavirus?
- How are nursing homes ensuring that residents with dementia don’t get the coronavirus?
- Why isn’t my mom’s senior living community communicating with families about which residents have coronavirus?
- Why are they letting patients from the hospital who had coronavirus come back into mom’s assisted living community?
- Should I postpone my move to an assisted living facility?
- Can I move into an assisted living facility during coronavirus?
- Do staff members in assisted living homes have enough personal protective equipment (PPE)?
- What steps are assisted living homes taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus?
- Are assisted living facilities allowing social events within the community during coronavirus?
- Are common areas and recreational facilities in assisted living homes open during COVID-19?
- Why can’t my mom in independent living come and go as she pleases without being quarantined for 14 days?
- Are assisted living staff members being tested for the coronavirus?
- How can I set up a virtual meeting with my loved one in assisted living?
- Am I allowed to visit my loved one in assisted living during coronavirus?
- Can people in assisted living homes visit each other during COVID-19?
- What are assisted living communities doing to keep my loved one with dementia engaged during coronavirus?
- How can I help my loved one in an assisted living home during COVID-19?
- What happens if a person in an assisted living home gets COVID-19?
- How long are people quarantined for if they get the coronavirus in assisted living?
- Do residents stay in assisted living communities if they get the coronavirus?
- Are residents of assisted living communities required to wear masks during COVID-19?
- How do assisted living communities serve meals safely to residents during COVID-19?
- Can I tour an assisted living facility during coronavirus?
- Are staff members in assisted living facilities required to wear masks during COVID-19?
- How do I know if assisted living homes are keeping my loved ones safe during COVID-19?
- I think my mom’s care home isn’t following the state rules about coronavirus, what can I do?
- Why is my mom’s assisted living community not letting her leave to go to church?
- How can I help my family member in assisted living keep busy during coronavirus?
- How long are staff members required to stay home if they get sick from the coronavirus?
- What do assisted living homes do if some of their staff members get sick from the coronavirus?