Following All Cleaning and Infection Prevention Guidelines from Health Officials
First and foremost, just like the rest of the world during this global pandemic, we are still actively doing our best to educate and inform our communities on what the best practices for COVID-19 treatment and prevention are. With that in mind, we have been following guidelines from the CDC and local health officials to ensure that the seniors in our care, whether at our assisted living, memory care, or post-acute care communities, are safe. According to the CDC’s official set of guidelines for senior living communities, “As demonstrated by the COVID-19 pandemic, a strong infection prevention and control (IPC) program is critical to protect both residents and healthcare personnel (HCP).” The health and well-being of our staff, seniors and family members remains our top priority so we aim to make sure we follow all official recommendations from health and local government officials.
Successful Discharges to Hospitals and COVID-19 Facilities
As we are all acutely aware, COVID-19 affects older adults and those with various preexisting health conditions at a much higher and more devastating rate than younger people with no previous health conditions. With that in mind, there have been instances where those individuals in our care have had to be discharged to either a hospital or one of our COVID-19 facilities for proper treatment. In fact, health experts agree that, “The patient should go to a facility with an ability to adhere to infection prevention and control recommendations for the care of residents with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Preferably, the patient would be placed in a location designated to care for residents with SARS-CoV-2 infection.” One of the most important things we bear in mind during those transitions and discharges is the safety of the individual as well as everyone else in the community.