When the worldwide spread of COVID-19 became a reality earlier this year, many news outlets focused attention on poignant scenes from assisted living facilities, where family members visited their loved ones through windows. While these visits have now become a fairly common sight, senior living communities are far from the most despairing places to spend a pandemic. If anything, they are some of the best places!
Understanding the value of rich social connections, senior living communities were among the first segments of society to facilitate social interaction during quarantine. In addition to encouraging the now-famous window visits, staff members like those at Wedgewood Estates have helped residents speak to family members through platforms like Zoom and FaceTime, keeping people together even when they have to stay physically apart.
Most of all, while the rest of us hole up in our houses to work, eat, and watch TV on our own, seniors have the opportunity to connect with their peers, sharing (appropriately distanced, of course) meals and activities with their extended family of fellow residents and caring staff. Seniors in care communities, in fact, are socializing more than most others during these times of quarantine, and doing so in an environment that provides an extra layer of protection.
If you had to choose to live anywhere during a pandemic, wouldn’t you want to be surrounded by trained health care professionals in a clean and sanitized environment?
At senior care communities such as Wedgewood Estates, you can rest assured that the strictest safety measures are in place, including thorough screening of employees and guests, contact tracing, proper protective wear provided to team members, and consistent reinforcement of social distancing and other safety protocols.
Without having to leave the community to get their needs met, senior living residents can experience the benefits of truly sheltering in place, every day. All medical needs are met on site, and with multiple staff members available, there will always be someone to care for residents, even if someone does get sick.
Influenced by COVID concerns, many families have put off transitioning their loved ones to residential care, even in the face of declining health. However, an environment that provides 24/7 care and companionship is not only better for your loved one’s physical health, but for their mind and spirit as well. This peace of mind also extends to seniors themselves, who no longer have to worry about placing undue stress on their family, especially during difficult times.
A caring community like Wedgewood Estates provides the best care possible while also nurturing a rich, full life, even—and especially—during these times of COVID-19.
If now is the right time to transition your loved one to assisted living, contact us today!« Back to Blog