Senior living myths have proliferated since COVID-19 began to hit the headlines in mid-February of 2020. Among them: Senior living communities aren’t safe places for older adults during the coronavirus; residents have been locked down to prevent the virus’ spread and are unable to leave the community or socialize with others; because of the virus, residents are trapped in their apartments with nothing to do.
During times of crisis, it’s understandable that family members may worry about their older loved ones. But contrary to the senior living myths you may have heard, the reality is, Lifespace communities including Oak Trace have taken numerous precautions to keep residents safe and healthy – and help them stay engaged and socially distanced, yet connected.
Here are the truths about a handful of common senior living myths circulating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senior living myth #1: Because of COVID-19, communities aren’t safe right now.
Truth #1: Oak Trace may be safer than other options.
Older adults living in their homes may have to go out for necessities like groceries, medications and doctor visits. They may also go out for a trip to the barbershop or hair salon, the library or the gym. And all these trips increase an older adult’s exposure to the virus. At Oak Trace, we offer many of these services and amenities on-site, so residents don’t have to leave the community for meals, a cut and color, a workout or a good book.
Residents are strongly encouraged to leave Oak Trace only for medications or doctor appointments, but family members are permitted to drop off medicines or pick residents up for health care appointments. However, they must pass our screening questions, and their access may be restricted to certain areas of the community. Talk with our management team for information on designated pickup and drop-off locations.
Senior living myth #2: The coronavirus is spreading unchecked at senior living communities.
Truth #2: Oak Trace is taking every precaution possible against the coronavirus.
To prevent the spread of the virus among residents, we’re following the protocols and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois state health department:
- We instituted a universal mask policy for all team members, essential visitors and vendors.
- Essential visitors and team members must be screened before entering our community, which includes a questionnaire and temperature check.
- No team members are permitted to come to work if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or other illnesses.
We’ve also enhanced our community-wide cleaning protocols. All members of our housekeeping team received training on proper COVID-19 cleaning protocols. They also follow CDC guidelines that include enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes for our common areas, and using CDC-approved cleaning products and protective gear.
Senior living myth #3: To prevent the coronavirus’ spread, older adults are being isolated from one another.
Truth #3: Social distancing keeps residents apart, yet together.
We’ve taken several steps to ensure residents are able to socialize with each other, because isolation is especially unhealthy for older adults.
Numerous classes have been added to our in-house TV station so residents can stay moving and involved without leaving their apartments. Our calendar of programs now includes yoga, tai chi, church services, movies, brain teasers – even line dancing courses.
Our outdoor courtyard recently hosted a singer who belted out beloved oldies via microphone and speaker while residents danced and applauded from their patios and balconies.
Dining is something we’re known for at Oak Trace. Now we’re becoming known for being creative with how we serve. We now deliver meals directly to residents’ doors, and offer pickup service. When weather permits, we also offer socially distanced outdoor dining.
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