What steps are assisted living homes taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus?
To prevent the spread of coronavirus, assisted living homes are monitoring staff and patient symptoms, implementing social distancing policies, and enhancing cleanliness standards. Administrators are relying on a mixture of national and local guidance.
Preventative efforts can look slightly different depending on the home, but they usually include a version of the following precautions:
- Reducing Contact: Canceling group activities, outings, and non-essential appointments and visits are crucial to reducing contact that can lead to the spread of infection. Homes are encouraging 6 ft. of distance between everyone whenever possible. Visits with relatives may occur over the phone or video rather than in person. Staff and residents are wearing protective masks in many situations.
- Monitoring Health: Assisted living homes are screening their personnel at the beginning of shifts for fevers and other symptoms. They are also asking residents daily about their health to ensure that they catch symptoms early.
- Improving Cleanliness: Homes are increasing the frequency of cleaning for “high-touch” surfaces like doorknobs and bathroom fixtures. They are also providing hand sanitizer stations and encouraging even more frequent hand washing for residents and staff.
Overall, assisted living homes are implementing similar guidelines to those used by nursing homes. Their actions are typically guided by the CDC guidelines, though state licensing boards may provide additional help and information.
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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)?
- 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?