Yes, it is safe to send your loved ones in assisted living packages during coronavirus. While experts believe that the virus can live on surfaces for a short amount of time, it is not the main way in which coronavirus spreads, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thus, packages and mail are considered safe during COVID-19. 

In fact, sending packages or mail to a loved one is a great way to help them and show them you care while you’re unable to visit in person. Here are a few guidelines for safe handling of deliveries and packages according to the CDC

  • Pay Ahead of Time: To reduce the amount of contact between you and another person, always try to pay ahead of time – either via the phone or online. 
  • Arrange a Drop-Off Spot for the Package: Whether accepting a food delivery or a package from an online delivery, avoid accepting the package directly from the delivery driver. Instead, arrange a safe place for the package to be dropped off, then retrieve it afterwards. 
  • Wash Your Hands: To be extra safe, the CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and warm water, or using hand sanitizer immediately after opening the package.

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.

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