As we continue to monitor the evolving impact of COVID-19, we are promptly adapting and developing our plans to allow us to get back to some level of normalcy while keeping the health and wellbeing of our residents and associates as our top priority. Our COVID-19 Task Force continues to maintain close communication with state and local health authorities to best manage our evolving response to COVID-19 and our plans for reopening.
From the earliest days of this pandemic, Maplewood Senior Living has exercised stringent precautionary measures, including intensive cleaning and disinfecting protocols, enhanced screening for all associates and essential visitors, restricting visitation to only allow medical, hospice and end of life visitors, and discontinuing group programming and dining options, among others. Additionally, we were early to begin testing for all associates and residents as a proactive measure, well before it was required by state and federal agencies. Our COVID-19 Task Force continues to maintain close communication with state and local health authorities to best manage our evolving response to COVID-19 and our plans for reopening.
As we prepare for the next phase of our response to COVID-19, we are carefully evaluating all of our programs and services and making adjustments that will allow us to safely begin to offer them as soon as possible. In the meantime, we continue to be creative in our efforts to keep our residents engaged and connected because we know how essential it is to their well-being. We’ve augmented our regular programming with a variety of virtual learning and engagement options to keep our residents feeling connected. Offerings include such things as streaming spiritual services, live concerts, lectures, virtual tours of museums, art galleries, interactive art, and music activities. We are also offering a host of wellness activities including guided meditation, yoga, and outdoor walking groups to promote positive well-being and help reduce stress and anxiety.
As always, we continue to be even more diligent about preventative general safety measures including reinforcing handwashing and infection control training for all our Maplewood Senior Living associates. Our Environmental Services directors and housekeeping staff have increased cleaning and disinfecting efforts of high traffic areas and high touch surfaces such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, faucets, and handrails. And all of our communities maintain a significant inventory of personal protective equipment, disinfecting and cleaning supplies.
For those who are thinking about senior living, we are here for you. We offer virtual visits and learning and engagement options via Zoom, so you have the opportunity to see our communities and experience the lifestyle we offer without ever leaving your house! These are by reservation only, so reach out to your local community to find out what virtual experiences they’re offering this month.
As we continue to adjust to a new norm, you can rest assured that the path we take will be careful, thorough, and focused on creating a community environment that emphasizes safety for everyone.
We thank you for your cooperation in helping us to keep our communities healthy.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention links:
State Specific Resources:
Connecticut DPH: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus
Printable Tip Sheets:
Keeping Your Memory Sharp: 10 Helpful Tips from Maplewood Senior Living
Activities to STAY CONNECTED with Your Senior Loved One During COVID-19
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