Millions of people across the world have been impacted by the spread of the coronavirus, and people everywhere have been subject to various stay-at-home orders, travel restrictions, and other regulations intended to slow the spread and lessen the impact of the virus. Long-term care facilities like Marshall Pines Assisted Living and Memory Care in Evans, Georgia, are certainly no exception.
Indeed, because seniors are at a higher risk for the development of serious complications from the virus, retirement communities like Marshall Pines are taking extra precautions to keep their residents safe.
Because of the way the virus spreads, it is essential that very specific practices be put in place to protect residents and staff from contracting the virus. 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 COVID-19 virus, 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 residents in a senior living facility live close together and interact regularly with other residents and staff, it is especially necessary to take precautions to protect them.
To protect our senior loved ones, the CDC recommends that senior living facilities restrict visitors, regularly check healthcare workers and residents for fevers and symptoms, and limit activities within the facility to keep residents safe from the potential spread of the virus.
The team at Marshall Pines has followed these CDC recommendations and implemented the following measures in order to protect residents:
While Marshall Pines is normally excited to welcome family and friends to visit, during this time, visitation policies have temporarily changed at the community in order to protect residents from the coronavirus. Visitation is now restricted. In addition, all people entering the community will be 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 Marshall Pines is 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. 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.
And while the staff members at Marshall Pines 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.
While the CDC recommends physically distancing residents and restricting visitation during the COVID-19 outbreak, it is still possible to connect with our loved ones digitally. Loneliness and isolation can have a negative impact on the well-being and the immune system. Therefore, to alleviate the strain of social isolation around this situation, the staff at Marshall Pines are helping to facilitate video conferencing and other virtual communication tools between residents and their loved ones. You can also connect with Marshall Pines on Facebook to get the most updated information from the community and keep up with the community’s activities.
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Marshall Pines, contact our friendly team today.