Assisted living facilities have experienced a significant impact on their day to day operations due to the spreading of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the United States. It’s crucial that managers do everything reasonably possible to reduce the possibility of exposure within a facility.
Providing for an At-Risk Population
Senior citizens and individuals with underlying health conditions are among the most vulnerable members of the population to suffer serious health problems as a result of contracting COVID-19. Because ALFs serve this segment of the population, it’s imperative that they adopt special measures to protect their residents.
Implementing Stringent Safety Protocols
To control the spread of COVID-19 in assisted living facilities, managers have implemented new safety policies.
- Temperature checks and symptom monitoring
- Requiring staff to wear masks at all times
- Providing gloves to staff to avoid cross-contamination
- Isolating residents who are symptomatic or have been exposed
- Restricting visitor access
Coordinating With Outside Healthcare Resources
Assisted living facility care providers may need to work closely with local health authorities and hospitals. They may need to identify key personnel at a local health department with whom they can communicate about cases at their facility. In addition, they may need to consult with hospitals about when and where residents who have COVID-19 should receive additional care.