Updated April 2021
How we handle cases of coronavirus at SLR communities
This continues to be a challenging time, and we continue to be vigilant.
Our Protocol for Handling Resident Cases
- If a resident exhibits Covid symptoms we contact the resident’s family and physician immediately. We follow the physician’s directions with respect to emergency room visits, hospitalization, Covid-19 testing and care.
- If a resident’s physician or a hospital confirms the presence of Covid the resident is treated in accordance with their direction and that of local public health authorities.
- Occasionally, Covid-positive residents are cared for in the community (with symptoms awaiting a test result, with a positive test result and no/mild symptoms, or discharged from the hospital but still symptomatic). They are in isolation in their apartment and treated under “full precautions”, meaning that only essential personnel enter the apartment and do so garbed in full Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”) that includes a gown, mask, gloves, goggles and booties. The resident remains under care in isolation for 14-21 days until they are symptom-free.
- A new resident moving in who has had a Covid diagnosis, symptoms or recent direct exposure must be cleared of and/or deemed “recovered from” Covid-19 following CDC guidelines. Please review our Move-In Guidelines for specific details on the CDCs test-based and symptom-based strategy.
Our Protocol for Handling Associate Cases
- All associates starting their work day undergo our daily health screening which includes taking their temperature.
- If an associate has an elevated temperature or exhibits any symptoms of Covid, we send them home and urge them to see their health care provider and be tested.
- If an associate has a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19, we are following strict CDC guidelines on when healthcare personnel are allowed to return to work, based on symptoms or testing:
- Symptom-based strategy. Associates may not return to work until: (1) At least 3 days/ 72 hours have passed since recovery (defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms, e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and (2) At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
- Test-based strategy. Exclude from work until: (1) Resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and (2) Improvement in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), and (3) 2 negative test results at least 24 hours apart
- Associates receive their regular rate of pay during their imposed absence through their accrued “Paid Time Off” (PTO). If an associate’s accrued PTO is not sufficient, additional PTO hours will be advanced.
Our Universal Infection Control Practices
We continue to be intensely focused on infectious disease prevention and mitigation targeted at the specific threat of Covid-19. Visit this page for more specific information.
Additonal Information about our Precautions
Our Q&A provides answers to your most-frequently asked questions.
We continue to follow state guidelines on visitor restrictions.
During these unprecedented times, especially with the vaccine, Assisted Living offers a very safe place for seniors who are being discharged from the hospital or living at home alone. Our move-in guidelines are designed to protect everyone’s safety.
Helpful Resources for our Associates
Please visit our Associate Covid Resource Page for information on best practices at work, and how to take care of yourself during the pandemic: