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The Truth About Senior Living and COVID-19

Due to the current public health climate, there are many misconceptions, myths and misunderstandings regarding the state and safety of senior living communities. The truth about senior living in the age of the novel coronavirus? Older adults and those with underlying health conditions are at higher risk for COVID-19. That’s why senior living communities like Claridge Court are taking serious measures to ensure the health and safety of both residents and staff. We’ve taken the liberty of debunking the most common senior living myths you may have seen on the news or heard circulating around the rumor mill.

Myth #1: Life will never be the same in senior living communities because of coronavirus.

While the coronavirus has brought about new processes, health and safety procedures, and hand-washing regulations, it has not affected the quality of life at skilled nursing or independent living communities. At Claridge Court, we continue to provide health care; assistance with activities of daily living; and physical, emotional and mental fulfillment to all residents who call our community home.

Myth #2: With rules constantly changing, team members can’t possibly keep up with all the COVID-19 procedures.

All team members at Claridge Court are focused on always putting residents’ well-being first. They also receive comprehensive training on the handling of public health challenges like infectious disease control. Our team members work round-the-clock to provide the most sanitary care possible. Additionally, caregivers have their temperature checked daily and are closely monitored for any signs of symptoms, and team members are also required to wear masks and disinfect regularly throughout the day and night. Per recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all skilled nursing facilities have at least one individual with training in Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) to manage COVID-19 prevention on-site.

Myth #3: The pandemic has left seniors more socially isolated than ever before.

This couldn’t be further from the truth! When you live in a community like Claridge Court, you experience a built-in support system of friends, compassionate team members and other people who can empathize with your situation. This unique kind of camaraderie is unmatched and is proven to combat loneliness and isolation, some emotions seniors may unfortunately experience if they live on their own. Around every corner, you’ll find a listening ear, kind heart or infectious smile… even if it’s covered by a mask!

Residents are still encouraged to interact and spend time together, though new parameters have been put in place. All individuals are encouraged to social distance, maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet. We also encourage residents to wear masks in all common areas and when interacting with fellow residents and staff members. These cautionary measures help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Myth #4: All activities have been canceled, which means seniors have nothing to do.

While activities such as large group fitness classes, movie nights and craft sessions have changed, they haven’t gone away entirely. Social distancing and mask measures have been implemented community-wide, so these activities do look a little different.

Residents can start each morning with a brisk walk around our beautifully manicured grounds. They are also encouraged to engage in activities that stimulate the mind and memory, such as crosswords, puzzles or card games like solitaire. Virtual workout classes are a great alternative to in-person fitness classes and can be played in the comfort of resident’s homes.

In addition to combating senior living myths, we’re happy to provide information on how to live smart in the age of COVID-19. If you or a loved one resides in a senior living community, consider these tips for reducing potential exposure and continuing a healthy, involved lifestyle.

senior washing their hands with soap and water in a sink
Wash your hands often.

Residents, visitors and team members should wash their hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, opt for a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Practice social distancing.

If visiting with friends, family or other seniors in your community, keep 6 feet of distance between you and other individuals.

elderly woman talking on the phone while wearing a face mask
Wear a mask.

According to the CDC, masks should be worn to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Masks should be worn properly, covering both the nose and mouth. Masks are especially important when indoors or in situations where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

Avoid contact with persons who have shown symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.

If someone you’ve come into contact with has tested positive for the virus, please be sure to self-quarantine and receive testing.

Take advantage of digital technology.

Virtual visits are the way of 2020! Our team members are happy to help you set up a family Zoom call or Skype session with loved ones.

senior couple looking at a laptop together while drinking coffee
Stay informed.

If you or a loved one currently resides in a senior living community, it’s important to stay informed, up to date and responsive to the rapidly changing environment. Listen to your local news to stay educated about COVID-19 in Kansas City.

If you ever have any questions about senior living misconceptions or what Claridge Court is doing to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in our community, do not hesitate to reach out by completing the form at the bottom of this page. We are fully prepared to adapt as necessary and continually assess the health and well-being of our residents, team members and Kansas City community. Now that you’ve learned the truth about senior living communities, we hope you and your family will have peace of mind knowing your loved one is properly cared for in a comfortable environment.

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