PALA’s national association, Argentum, released guidance for senior living communities. Click HERE to download the report.
Working with state and local public health officials, senior living professionals have established comprehensive infection prevention and control protocols in response to COVID-19. These protocols and efforts have been mostly effective and, in most cases, appear to have resulted in favorable outcomes for residents, family members, staff, and other stakeholders.
Society has grown weary of the closed economy in many parts of the U.S. and is excited about the prospects of reopening. This excitement is also evident among residents, family members and staff, who recognize the importance of socializing and interaction to the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of seniors.
Yet it is important that all stakeholders remain vigilant for the duration of this pandemic. Getting “back to normal” will require consideration of many variables as senior living community leaders decide on easing restrictions.
The following guidance is provided to assist with planning through a phased approach for easing restrictions in senior living communities while protecting the health and safety of residents, staff, third parties, and family members. This guidance was developed by industry professionals following review and consideration of information and data from the following sources:
- The White House COVID 19 Task Force
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- National Governors AssociationSenior living providers also use guidance and directives applicable from city, county, and/or state officials important to mitigating COVID-19 and easing restrictions. This knowledge will assist with planning for compliance with the directives needed to stop the spread of the virus in the community and continue operations. Consideration of the facts and data behind the information will assist with decision-making.