“I recently chose to move my mom to Mariposa Point during this pandemic. They have precautions in place and protective equipment. I felt compelled Mariposa Point could best take care of mom and ensure her health and safety during this time of pandemic.”
“We did not consider bringing mom home with us because we knew we could not care for her. We needed to know she would be somewhere that she would be cared for and safe. She looks forward to the activities that can still be done even though they are limited. It makes me happy that she is participating and interacting with others, that she is safe and cared for. We did the right thing for mom.”
Assisted living is not a nursing home.
Assisted living and memory care facilities are on the frontline in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. Quarantining residents when necessary.
Cases of the coronavirus in assisted living and memory care is considerably less than in nursing homes that house the frailest elderly. Due to the significant medical needs of the frail elderly living in nursing homes, there are more service providers and staff entering nursing facilities. This high amount of nursing home staffing needs creates greater risk of virus transmission.
Assisted living is a more residential setting, a home rather than a hospital-like setting, with fewer staff required than nursing homes. We perform staff temperature checks and require a pre-entry screening temperature checks twice daily. Trained medical professionals are available 24/7 to monitor the health and wellness of residents. Staff trained to identify COVID-19 symptoms to identify symptoms early and react swiftly. We maximize staff precautions to protect residents and staff. We even have the ability to detect if people who enter our community have been in another community with COVID-19 using geofencing and Mobile Advertising ID tracking capabilities.
Our communities have creative ways to hold activities to take residents minds off the daily stress and maintain as much of a normal lifestyle as possible. Residents are not home alone – they are surrounded by staff and friends.
Everything Safely Within Reach: When living at home, seniors have to rely on family for meals, medications, bathing, dressing, activities and medical care. At assisted living, these services are provides 24/7. If a patient or family member suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s, the potential for wandering off or harming themselves is far greater in the home than in a secured memory care community.
24/7 Support, Care and Services: Remaining at home instead of moving into a senior living community can require multiple modifications to the home including shower railings, stair railings, moving bedrooms to the main floor and medical alert systems. By transitioning into a senior living community, seniors immediately gain the safety of a facility designed for accessibility and mobility. They have access to support and care 24/7 with on-site experienced, trained staff that helps residents avoid accidents and provide assistance when needed.
The fact is that the elderly are much safer living in assisted living communities than they would be living by themselves with the physical and cognitive impairments that characterize most of those we care for.