Can I move into an assisted living facility during coronavirus?
Yes, you can move into an assisted living facility during coronavirus. Assisted living communities are continuing their day-to-day operations in modified ways.
When you move to an assisted living care home during coronavirus, keep in mind that it will be operating in a way that it would not under other circumstances. Your family will probably not be able to visit you in person, and recreational activities will be either completely canceled or changed. However, all vital services like meals will continue.
Before beginning your move, it’s wise to take the following steps:
- Communicate with the Community: Talk with the community’s staff about any recommendations or requirements they have for new residents during this time. The staff may want you to limit the number of people helping with your move or they may otherwise expect you to follow new safety standards. Know those standards in advance.
- Check Local Regulations: Coronavirus is causing rapid changes to laws within some states and counties. Check your local news and local government websites for pertinent information on moves. This will be particularly important if there is a known local outbreak.
- Prepare Mentally: You may actually see fewer people in your daily life once you have moved to an assisted living facility. Prepare for this potentially stressful change by bringing safe hobbies, entertainment, and communication devices that you know how to use.
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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?
- 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?
- 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?