Is it safe to live at StoneBridge?
While we have very fluid and open conversations with our residents and their families, many of those still considering a move to senior living, including skilled nursing and assisted living, are wondering if our communities are safe? The short answer is, ‘yes.’
Let us show you why moving to StoneBridge Senior Living could be the smartest and safest consideration for you and your family.
Easy access to COVID-19 vaccines.
We are pleased to report that well over 90% of our residents have been vaccinated and as of March 2, 2021 we have 0 positive cases! (Click here for the most up-to-date numbers.) We strongly believe that this vaccine will keep our communities safe and healthy. We are seeing both nationally and locally that the prevalence of COVID-19 is falling. We feel that this downward trend of COVID demonstrates the powerful impact the vaccine is having. With the dramatic drop in positive cases, we believe that residents of our facilities are significantly safer from the virus than those that live elsewhere.
Also, the cumbersome task of signing up for the COVID-19 vaccine and wading through online forms with no guarantee of when you will get access is not something our new residents have to go through. All new incoming residents will have quick and almost immediate access to the vaccine if and when they choose.
Visitation and Tours are Available
We know that many may be delaying their move to a senior living community because of the fear of not being able to see their loved ones. Now that vaccines are in place and COVID-19 is trending down, we have been able to restart visitation. The CMS and State Health Department provided clear guidance on when, where, and how LTC facility visitations can occur and we are adhering to that guidance. Currently, those allow outdoor visitation, indoor common area visitation, and visitation inside resident rooms. This visitation is permitted if the following three criteria are met:
- the county positivity rate is less than 10%
- at least 70% of the facility’s residents have been vaccinated
- the facility does not have an active outbreak within the facility
All StoneBridge Senior Living communities meet these three criteria currently. So, visitation is open, including inside resident rooms, and we will continue to monitor state and local trends for ongoing compliance with the new guidance. Note that any visitation inside or outside the facility does still require screening upon arrival and the use of a face covering (mask) at all times. The CDC and CMS continue to recommend visits be done in a socially distanced manner and visitors practice proper hand hygiene.
Strict Safety Policies
Our team has been following the directions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and state health departments. Our communities are regularly deep cleaned and sanitized. Comprehensive screenings are conducted of all who enter our community. All staff members wear required PPE and are trained to follow best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Employees are obligated to not come to work when they’re not feeling well.
Many older adults have become more isolated as a result of precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Many activities have been canceled, favorite places temporarily closed and often there’s an uneasiness about being in public settings. We have spent the last year planning what safe socialization looks like. With opportunities for indoor exercise and dining, lifelong learning, entertainment, and more, StoneBridge can be helpful in maintaining and developing new social relationships and interests, pursuing hobbies and remaining active. These may look a bit different these days, as proper precautions are in place, they’re still essential parts of our community life.
Now is the smartest time to make the move.
We truly believe that our communities are some of the safest and most fulfilling places for an older adult to live. While moving into an assisted living or skilled nursing community during this time could be perceived as a challenging decision, we believe now could be the smartest time to make that move. Please reach out to the StoneBridge Senior Living location nearest you for more information on becoming a new resident.