Safe senior living is available due to how assisted living communities have dedicated themselves to the highest levels of care and preparedness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic led to concern from families about the safety of assisted living communities. Many feared their loved ones would be in greater danger around others than at home, and if they had been planning a move to a community, they may have put it on hold.
However, the right assisted living community can be the safest place for your loved one. Staff in these communities are trained quickly on all the latest health recommendations and procedures, while residents have access to 24-hour care and life enrichment activities that are adjusted for safety.
How assisted living communities keep residents safe
Assisted living staff have always understood the great responsibility of caring for our senior loved ones. As our loved ones age and require more care and support, these communities offer a home where they can truly age in place, from the first signs of needing assistance to advanced stages.
When COVID-19 first started to spread, experts quickly learned that older adults were at a greater risk of requiring hospitalization or dying if diagnosed with the virus. Eight out of 10 COVID-19 deaths reported in the U.S. have been in adults 65 and older.
Additionally, 80% of seniors have at least one chronic condition, such as diabetes, arthritis, or heart disease, that makes them even more vulnerable to the virus. Seniors who require routine care, or have experienced emergencies, have had more difficulties during the pandemic due to safety restrictions. At an assisted living community, the staff can maintain regular care for seniors who require daily assistance.
Staff trained on all safety measures and procedures
While some seniors may have access to specific care at home, with dedicated caregivers and a large support system, many others don’t have the same opportunities. Their caregiver may have other work and responsibilities, and the home may not have all the necessary accommodations.
During the pandemic, assisted living staff at The Kensington Falls Church have had access to all the latest safety information and procedures. They have been provided with the necessary personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies, and when vaccinations became available, the teams — and residents — received them immediately.
Carefully crafted, quality accommodations
Assisted living communities are created with a senior’s health and safety as the top priority. All spaces are crafted to accommodate their needs — from physical to social and emotional — and all resources and support are located on-site in order to provide safe senior living and immediate care to your loved ones.
Some communities that offer specialized memory care, such as The Kensington Falls Church, have separate communities for these residents to receive the appropriate level of care and supervision.
Teepa Snow’s “Positive Approach to Care” (PAC) training is incorporated into our methods in order to provide the most loving and enhanced care for all stages of memory loss.
Individual therapy and rehabilitation treatment
Residents will find support for any and all of their unique needs with individual therapy plans. Assisted living communities offer physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy, as well as fitness and wellness programs.
These on-site services allow residents to improve and maintain their health for maximum independence and quality of life.
The benefits of assisted living
When stay-at-home orders became common around the world, and local meetings and activities were postponed indefinitely, seniors lost their sources of engagement, entertainment, and social time.
Feelings of loneliness and isolation grew, which led to anxiety and depression for many seniors. Assisted living communities set to work immediately to find creative alternatives and solutions to continue safe social activities, whether it be virtual, socially distanced, or outdoors.
Life enrichment keeps residents happy
The Kensington Falls Church has full-time life enrichment coordinators dedicated to creating an interesting and diverse calendar of events. During the pandemic, these coordinators stepped up to adjust these events for the safety of residents.
Activities help residents reduce stress and boost their spirits. Safe, socially distanced activities include crafts, puzzles, exercise, films, virtual tours, and music. A packed calendar keeps residents looking forward to fun events all year.
Excellent dining services provide comfort
Even if residents weren’t able to dine together during the pandemic, they always have access to flavorful, nutritious, comforting meals. Food is the fuel that keeps our residents healthy and strong, and having access to The Kensington’s dining services has been a comfort and treat to residents.
The Kensington Falls Church dining team values the importance of tradition, homestyle cooking, and family meals. Residents are especially welcome to bring their own family recipes for the dining team to make.
No worries about home maintenance
Seniors living at home during the pandemic may have lost access to their home maintenance services due to business closings or safety concerns. Home upkeep can become overwhelming and, at times, dangerous.
Living in a safe senior living community erases all home responsibilities and projects. The main concern becomes enjoying all the activities and services, and maintaining maximum health and wellness.
Specialized, loving care
The Kensington Falls Church offers specialized care for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and creates individualized care plans for residents that are tailored to their personal wants and physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual needs.
The two memory care neighborhoods at The Kensington, Connections and Haven, are staffed with loving professionals dedicated to the comfort and security of our residents.
The Kensington Promise
Our Promise is to love and care for your family as we do our own. We offer a full spectrum of clinical support, including end-of-life care, so no resident needs to move out if their health care needs change or increase.
Reach out to our team today to learn more about safe senior living, our current COVID-19 protocols and safety measures, and to discover how we are ensuring the health and happiness of our residents through these challenging times.