Yes, in limited circumstances people living within an assisted living community can visit one another during COVID-19. If the home has an area in which residents can remain 6 ft. apart, they may be able to enjoy one another’s company. 

In general, residents are being encouraged to stay within their own apartments during this time, as that is the safest possible option. However, for those living alone in an assisted living community, the lack of social time can be emotionally taxing. If the facility permits, it’s possible that seniors can talk with one another in public spaces like wide hallways. Cloth masks and keeping a distance of 6 ft. may be required. Visits to one another’s rooms will be strongly discouraged.

If you are concerned about the isolation that your loved one is facing during this time, you may wish to speak with them or with their caregivers about the possibility of carefully planned, socially-distanced interactions with other residents. Encourage your loved one to follow the community’s rules while thinking creatively about how to connect socially, whether virtually or in-person.

COVID-19 Update: With social distancing and stay-at-home orders, many seniors are struggling with loneliness and isolation. We’ve developed a list of products that caregivers or seniors can purchase to help older adults stay happy, healthy and connected, whether they are aging in place at home or in an assisted living community.

Additional Coronavirus FAQs