Senior Guidelines | Keeping Yourself Safe from COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
The CDC has identified older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness just like with most viruses.
The CDC has recommended:
- Stock up on supplies.
- Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands often.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
The CDC wants us to stay calm, Share Facts, Not Fear and use these hygiene practices.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Senior care facilities are working hard to keep us safe
Many senior communities have created pages on their websites, social media and hotlines where residents, staff and visitors can go to get information on coronavirus prevention and see what protocols are being put in place to keep their residents safe. Senior communities are working hard to adhere to the latest guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the state or county health departments by taking the following measures and more:
- Effectively cleaning all surfaces of the community where germs could spread, using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggested disinfectants, cleaning methods and standard precautions.
- Performing daily infection control rounds to identify anyone exhibiting symptoms of the virus.
- Thoroughly educating our teams on the virus and the precautions suggested by the CDC, including thorough and frequent hand washing and staying home from work when sick.
- Any resident who exhibits flu-like symptoms will be quarantined in his or her apartment. We will then contact the primary care physician and the state Department of Health for further instructions.