To say that Coronavirus has had an impact on the world might be an understatement. But for seniors, especially those living in retirement communities, the impact has been even more dramatic. Seniors are a high-risk group according to the CDC and WHO. And because the virus is spread in close quarters, seniors living in retirement communities are at a greater risk of contracting the virus if a resident or staff member should become infected. Luckily, retirement communities, like Stone Valley Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Reno, Nevada, are taking precautions to keep senior residents, a particularly vulnerable population during this challenging time, 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. Stone Valley 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 Stone Valley 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.
The coronavirus 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 contract COVID-19 if the person coughing or sneezing is infected.
In a tight-knit retirement community like Stone Valley, it is important to ensure that nobody who has contracted the virus or is showing symptoms is allowed inside the community. To prevent both staff and residents from unnecessary exposure to the coronavirus, Stone Valley has temporarily altered its visitation policies according to the recommendations from the CDC. While the community is normally open for family and friends to visit, visitation policies have temporarily changed. During this time, visitation is restricted. In addition, all people entering the community are being screened at the front door for symptoms or exposure to the virus, including residents and staff.
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.
Unfortunately, close human contact is not the only way the virus can spread. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, the droplets they release could also land on surfaces and survive for anywhere from a few hours up to several days. The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily. The staff at Stone Valley have always been diligent about maintaining a clean and healthy environment for residents, but they are going above and beyond to ensure that surfaces within the community are clean and germ-free.
The trained and licensed staff at Stone Valley are not only familiar with the new policies and procedures put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus but also familiar with each and every resident and their unique needs. Staff members continue to provide residents with their usual Person-Centered care, ensuring that their routines and healthy practices remain in place.
This is the new normal, for now. The preventative measures above work to keep the virus at bay, but if any virus-related issues were to arise in the community, Stone Valley staff are prepared to take action to contain the spread.
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Stone Valley, contact our friendly team today.