Updated 5/20/20

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During these unprecedented times, we continue to work with our Professional Referral Partners and families to provide a home for seniors who need a more supportive living arrangement. 

As always, we are committed to ensuring a smooth transition into one of our communities, and we have protocols in place to protect the health and safety of all residents.

If you are considering a move, this page highlights our Guidelines to ensure a safe and comfortable move. Also be sure to browse our New Resident FAQ for a look at how we are handling everything from meals to visiting to helping your loved one with a transition during our “new normal”.

Temporary Guidelines for Move-Ins & Short-Term Respites

New Residents are Moving in from:


  • Hospitals and rehabilitation facilities that need to discharge elderly patients who are on the mend following illness (Covid-19 or other)
  • Living at home alone, who need a more secure and supportive situation
  • Living temporarily with family

We offer Respite & Short Term Stays


  • We have fully furnished Respite Apartments, with the option of purchasing furniture for a more permanent living arrangement
  • Read more about our Respite & Short Term Stay option

Prior to Move-In

Transparency


  • We will tell discharge planners and other referral partners, as well as families of potential new residents if Covid-19 exists in our community
  • We will also provide full details of our enhanced assessment process, and protocols our community has in place, including how we adhere to “safer at home” state advisories and other public health mandates

Virtual Assessments


  • We are conducting virtual assessments and discharge planning via Google Hangout, Zoom, Skype, etc. whenever possible
  • If this is not an option we will conduct onsite assessments provided it is safe for our nurses to do so

Tours & Paperwork


  • Our virtual tours, via Facetime, Google Hangout, Skype and Zoom, provides new residents and families a comprehensive viewing of our common spaces and available apartments
  • We can conduct in-person tours in limited situations; please ask if you think this is necessary
  • When state-mandated visitor restrictions are lifted we will resume in-person tours in a safe manner following social distancing guidelines
  • To protect everyone’s safety, we are finalizing paperwork with electronic signatures for documents

Evaluation/Health Assessment


During this time we have an enhanced health assessment in place. Our nurses work with Professional Referral Partners, families and physicians to evaluate each new resident, with a pre-assessment and full assessment of the person’s current health status.

  • We do not require, but would prefer, that a new resident obtain a test prior to move-in
  • We cannot accept a new resident who is actively experiencing Covid-related symptoms (Symptoms include, but are not limited to, cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat,​ muscle aches, fatigue, confusion, loss of taste/smell, and GI symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea or vomiting)
  • New residents with a Covid diagnosis, symptoms or recent direct exposure must be cleared of and/or deemed “recovered from” Covid following a Test-Based or Symptom-Based Strategy following CDC guidelines:
Test- Based Strategy:
  • Negative results for detection of Covid from at least 2 consecutive swab tests taken more than 24 hours apart
  • With a negative test result, we also require resolution of fever, without fever-reducing medications, and absence of other Covid-related symptoms (Symptoms include, but are not limited to, cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat,​ muscle aches, fatigue, confusion, loss of taste/smell, and GI symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea or vomiting)
Symptom-Based Strategy:
  • At least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
  • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed symptom-free (same symptom list as above)

During Move-In

Move-in Protocol, including Family Visits


  • Up to 2 family members or professional movers may assist with the move
  • Everyone must pass our community health screen, including taking a temperature
  • Everyone must wear protective gear, including gloves and masks. Moving companies will supply their own PPE (personal protective equipment); we will provide families with PPE
  • Furniture must be disinfected and wrapped prior to moving it into the building. After unwrapping furniture in the apartment, our staff will spray the entire apartment using a non-toxic CDC-approved disinfectant spray
  • If families want to wait until the crisis has abated to move furniture, we have fully furnished apartments for short-term rentals
  • A family member can visit, one at a time, after the initial move in within 72 hours to help with their loved one’s transition; we prefer that just one family member be designated as the visitor
  • We understand how difficult it is not being able to visit in person, but we do connect families with their loved ones through virtual, phone and window visits

After Move-In

Protocol for new residents who were covid-positive and “cleared”:


  • Our “safer in your apartment” protocol for new residents is in place for the first 14 days in our community (Please know your loved one won’t be isolated; we will have multiple touch points daily to ease their transition. Read more about this in our Q&A)
  • In an abundance of caution to protect everyone, for the first 7 days our staff wears full PPE (gloves, N95 mask, eye protection, gown and booties)
  • New onset of known primary symptoms of Covid may result in quarantine and full PPE usage

Protocol for all new residents, whether or not they were tested:


  • Our “safer in your apartment” protocol extends to all new residents for their first 14 days. This protective measure is in place because individuals can be positive without exhibiting any symptoms. (Please know your loved one won’t be isolated; we will have multiple touch points daily to ease their transition. Read more about this in our Q&A)
  • In an abundance of caution to protect everyone, for the first 7 days our staff wears full PPE (gloves, N95 mask, eye protection, gown and booties)
  • Onset of Covid symptoms at any time after move-in will result in quarantine and full PPE usage

Additional Community-Wide Precautions

  • New residents will be monitored daily, as we have been doing for current residents and all associates, using the community’s health screen conducted by the nurse, which includes taking a temperature
  • New residents and their families will be advised of the public health protocols in place at the community, which may include state-mandated physical distancing, restrictions on family visits, limits on communal dining and group activities, and in some cases, local mandatory community-wide testing. As soon as mandated restrictions are lifted we will implement new protocols to ensure a safe return to a “new normal”.


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