During these worrisome times we all want to be closer to our loved ones. Visiting a senior loved one at a senior living community comes with extra precautions due to COVID-19. Be aware of what precautions to take to keep you and your senior loved one safe.
Here are the top protective measures you can take:
How to Safely Visit Your Senior Loved One During COVID-19
Certain rules and regulations are put in place to keep our communities safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. During these times it’s extremely important to take extra safety precautions when you’re around seniors or those more susceptible to the virus. First contact their senior living home to make sure visitation is permitted and follow their set guidelines.
Follow All Safety Measures
A good starting point is being aware of the safety guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC provides the most up-to-date safety recommendations, such as how to wear a mask correctly or suggestions for a safe socially distanced visit. Also, by contacting your senior loves one’s senior facility you can ask what guidelines they follow as well. Preparing yourself in all ways possible is the best way forward.
Take Your Own Health Into Consideration
Be aware of your own health – If in any way you feel ill, listen to your body and take the appropriate precautions by staying home. Also, take note of where you’ve recently traveled. If you visited an area known to be high-risk, or if you were in touch with someone who contracted the virus, stay home. You can virtually spend time with your senior loved one if you feel under the weather, whether you are having COVID-19 symptoms or something else.
Take Your Surroundings Into Account
If all goes well and you’re able to visit your senior loved one at their community make sure to have a mask on at all times. Other steps are avoiding touching any communal surfaces, such as light switches and doors. Be very thorough in washing your hands, especially if you touched any of these surfaces. Take social distance by remaining 6 feet away – the best option is to spend time outdoors together.
We’re all in this together, so take into account all the safety precautions that can protect your loved one ‘s health. Make sure to contact the senior living community in advance to ensure that you can visit safely.
After all, we are all in this together. Taking all safety precautions into account before visiting a senior living community can protect the health of your loved one and that person’s friends. Be sure to contact the senior living community ahead of time to ensure that you can safely visit.
The Victorian Assisted Living and Retirement Community
The Victorian is an assisted living and retirement community that makes living independently, while at the same time feeling safe and secure, a reality. We strive to provide the best quality of life for all residents including those suffering from loneliness and depression.
We offer a comprehensive activity program that includes both physical and social activities to encourage emotional well-being. Our staff is trained to assist those with depression. If you or a loved one are considering assisted living, contact The Victorian today to learn more about our services or tour our community.