You might have hesitations about COVID safety, but there are more positives to joining an assisted living community, especially when family members can’t adapt to rapidly changing needs.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused some people to think home is the safest place to be. However that might not be true for your senior loved one who requires outside assistance with their day-to-day life.
Even if you’re managing their care and trying to control their environment to keep them safe, it’s not possible for you to provide the full level of care on your own. This requires engaging with several outside services, bringing them into a home environment that may be difficult to optimize for safety and adapt for changing care needs.
Concerns with Caregiving at Home
It can be difficult to create the ideal care environment in a home and among your family members. This is especially true with today’s ever-changing circumstances.
There are several reasons you may find that assisted living has become a better option to enhance and protect your senior loved one’s daily life.
The risks of coronavirus are increasing as winter approaches, bringing flu season where more time spent indoors propagates the spread of viruses.
The cold weather, ice, and snow also present challenges for caregivers providing care at home. Seniors traveling to and from appointments and errands are at a higher risk of getting into an accident or falling and injuring themselves.
If caregivers run into their own issues with inclement weather, and can’t get to their loved one to provide assistance, there can be difficulties in arranging who can safely assist with shoveling snow, getting them supplies, or taking them to doctor’s appointments.
In these times especially, it’s important to plan ahead to prevent accidents, injury, or illness that can lead to unexpected hospital stays and harm your loved one’s overall health.
Full-Spectrum Care Means More Flexibility
The full spectrum of services available at an assisted living community, such as Kensington Park can make a world of difference in your senior’s life.
From extensive medical care, to life enrichment, residents are provided with a continuum of care that is seamless and supportive. They can stay in one location as their needs change or increase. The consistent attention of one individual keeps the continuum of familiarity intact and creates meaningful routines for residents.
If their care needs should change quickly, an assisted living facility can accommodate those needs as they arise. This can avoid and prevent potential emergencies for your loved one, and provides them with care that is thorough and proactive.
From COVID, to the physical safety factors of a senior’s environment, assisted living communities require protections and precautions that provide residents with safer and higher levels of care. This makes their services more broad and adaptable than what is possible at home.
Precautions That Keep Residents Safe
Your hesitations about COVID safety at assisted living communities can be eased with a little knowledge of the extensive safety protocols being followed.
At Kensington Park, our residents are our family. So we take our responsibilities seriously in sustaining a COVID-safe environment.
We have extensive resources and professionals that work together to comply with the latest recommendations and requirements issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local Department of Public Health.
- We continually monitor resident temperatures and oxygen levels throughout the day.
- Residents practice social distancing while dining and during life enrichment activities.
- Residents wear masks in group settings, such as religious services and life enrichment activities.
- We remind residents to wash and sanitize their hands throughout the day, and provide assistance if needed.
- We conduct pre- and post-COVID testing before and after a resident moves in.
- New residents quarantine for up to 14 days (based upon testing results) in a private room with a private bathroom and with a private personal assistant if required.
Even with these limitations in place, we keep our residents and their families connected with Slack, video chats, phone calls, and FaceTime sessions. We also facilitate on-site family visits, adhering to social distancing protocols.
Kensington Park’s Commitment to Your Loved One’s Safety
Kensington Park is designed to be a home for seniors who are looking for independent living, assisted living, and memory care services. We offer a full spectrum of clinical support, including end-of-life care. No resident needs to move out if assisted living health care needs change or increase.
The comfort of familiarity is precious, so our enhanced program enables us to offer care beyond what the traditional assisted living community can deliver.
If you would like to learn more about how we keep our residents safe, especially with the uncertainties of COVID-19, please call us today.