Are assisted living facilities allowing social events within the community during coronavirus?
No, assisted living facilities are not allowing normal social events within the community during coronavirus. Social events present too great an opportunity for transmission of coronavirus.
Although assisted living homes normally host daily group activities to keep residents active and socially engaged, virtually all of these events are canceled for the time being. It’s unrealistic to try to maintain social distancing with large social events, and even dining practices have been drastically altered to improve safety. However, most homes are offering numerous forms of entertainment and opportunities to connect during this time to promote the wellbeing of residents.
Some common alternatives used to fill the time left by canceled social activities include:
- Videos and Calls: Seniors may be able to enjoy connecting to both groups and individuals through a variety of video calling platforms. They can even connect with their neighbors in the community through videos or phones. Many homes are helping residents with the technology involved.
- Window Visits: Family members, social workers, and clergy are often able to visit seniors by seeing them through a ground-level window and speaking over the phone. Try combining a window visit with a safe package drop-off. Ask the facility about their rules for this, and remind your loved one to wash hands after handling the package.
- Hobbies and Games: Homes are striving to provide seniors with a variety of safe, accessible activities that will keep them busy within their apartments. Hobby materials, puzzles, and more are often available. You can augment whatever the facility provides through packages tailored to your loved ones’ interests.
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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 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?
- What do assisted living homes do if some of their staff members get sick from 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?
- Are senior living communities serving food during the coronavirus?
- 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?