Are common areas and recreational facilities in assisted living homes open during COVID-19?
No, most common areas and recreational facilities in assisted living homes are not open during COVID-19. Some common areas may be open under modified rules, such as allowing fewer residents into the room at a time.
At this time, the common areas most likely to be closed include dining rooms, in-house hair salons, and recreation rooms. In some states, assisted living proprietors are pushing to reopen in-house salons with modified policies (such as one customer at a time), but exactly when salons and other common areas will open depends on the location.
Most common areas may be closed, but that doesn’t mean that seniors have nothing to do. Below you can learn about some spaces (real and virtual) that are serving as areas of connection now.
- The Hallways: Residents can sit at the entrance of their room and talk across the hall. They can also participate in no-touch group activities, like bingo, that have been modified to be played from the hallway.
- The Internet: In place of group outings, some facilities stream video tours of famous museums. Other media, like audiobooks and music, may be offered by the facility as well. Seniors may enjoy reading, watching, or listening to the same media and then talking over Zoom about it in a virtual book club.
- The Outdoors: Some homes have nature trails that are open, and residents may be encouraged to walk with proper distance between each other. They may also be able to feed birds, sit on benches, water plants, or complete small gardening projects.
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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?
- 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?