The global spread of the coronavirus has impacted nearly every country in the world, and most people are currently subject to travel restrictions, quarantine, shelter-in-place orders, or other restrictions implemented to slow the spread of the virus. But for seniors living in retirement communities, extra precautions are necessary. Because seniors are at a higher risk, retirement communities like Copper Canyon are taking extra precautions to keep their residents safe.
Because of the way the virus spreads, it is essential the very specific practices be put in place to protect residents and staff from contracting the virus. Residents in senior living facilities live closely together and interact regularly with other residents and staff. And the more people residents or staff come in contact with, the more likely they are to catch or spread COVID-19. That’s because the virus spreads in close quarters. When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth, which may contain the virus. People in the area can possibly breathe in the droplets, including the coronavirus if the person coughing or sneezing is infected. The more people in an area, and the closer they are together, the faster the disease could potentially spread.
Because the risk of transmission and complications are much higher for senior retirement community residents, it’s not enough to follow the bare minimum guidelines from the CDC and WHO. Copper Canyon has gone above and beyond to keep their residents safe.
As researchers and officials discover more about the virus, and as more data is collected, it’s important that retirement communities remain up to date on changing recommendations and projections. Copper Canyon has read and implemented recommendations from the CDC and WHO about disinfection, social distancing, hand washing, masks, and other virus prevention measures. In addition, the community is in contact with state and local health officials for the most up-to-date information on how to care for and protect both residents and caregivers.
The trained and licensed staff at Copper Canyon are always available 24/7 to assist residents with anything they need. But during this time, the community’s leadership has made certain that every single member of the community’s staff is knowledgeable about the community’s virus precautions and procedures, as well as any changes. And while the staff members at Copper Canyon are always conscious of the cleanliness of the community, that is even more true now, as staff members are being extra-diligent about cleaning and disinfecting frequently-used surfaces.
To prevent both staff and residents from unnecessary exposure to the coronavirus, Copper Canyon has temporarily altered its visitation policies according to the recommendations from the CDC. While the community is normally excited to welcome family and friends to visit, during this time, visitation policies have temporarily changed and visitation is now restricted. In addition, all people entering the community are being screened at the front door, including residents and staff.
And while the community’s doors are still open to new residents, all community tours will be conducted virtually. Additional screening processes will be implemented for new residents to ensure all current residents remain safe.
The trained and licensed staff at Copper Canyon are not only familiar with the new policies and procedures put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, staff members are also familiar with each and every resident and their needs. Should any resident display symptoms or simply act unlike themselves, staff members are ready to get to the root of the problem immediately.
With these measures in place, Copper Canyon is confident it is keeping residents safe.
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Copper Canyon, contact our friendly team today.