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The fight to prevent and mitigate COVID-19 has become part of our daily lives in 2020. We are excited to share that much needed assistance is nearing in the form of vaccines, which are currently pending FDA approval. Colonial Oaks and Ashley Glen residents and staff have been designated with priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine and will be amongst the first to have access as soon as it is available.
We are working closely with our pharmacy partners to create plans on how to distribute and administer the vaccine once it is made available, which the pharmacy has told us will be this month. Once we receive word that the vaccine is available, we will begin scheduling clinics in each community. This vaccine is administered in two doses, so this will be a bit different than our usual flu shot clinics.
This news is both encouraging and exciting, and yet the rising rates of reported COVID positive cases tell us that our ongoing precautions and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is now as important as ever. These efforts complement our ongoing testing strategies and rigorous standards.
We’ve included some Frequently Asked Questions below and will share more information as it becomes available.
Choosing a community is a big decision, particularly during these challenging times. Our team is here to help! In addition to our practices and protocols aimed at ensuring healthy communities, we also understand the added importance of meaningful moments and extra touches. While you can’t always see our smiles behind our masks, we aim to find creative ways to connect and make your day.
Keeping our communities safe and healthy is our top priority. That is why we have on-site COVID tests for every new resident prior to move-in. We also recognize that testing is only effective when combined with aggressive infection control measures. Because of this, we also provide:
All residents and anyone entering our community receives a temperature check and a health screen for symptoms.
Getting together is in our DNA, but we’re keeping things socially distant…just for the time being.
Our team members are required to wear masks at all times while working in the community.
We’re always focused on a clean and tidy community. We’ve added extra cleaning, just to be safe.
We have chosen a “better safe” approach to lessening our purposeful and aggressive COVID defense protocols. Many of our policies predated guidance from state and federal agencies and are intentionally more cautious than those which are mandated. Our communities will continue a conservative approach and cadence as we determine next steps. Changes to policies will likely vary by community and will be based on the health and safety directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local and state public health officials and our own clinical experts.
While indoor visitation remains limited, our team has continues with protocols and guidelines for structured, scheduled outdoor visits, as is permitted in approved communities. To learn more or schedule your visit, or to inquire about when the visitations will start at your Community, please call the Community directly and the Front Desk will assist you.
Every move-in and any resident who leaves our community must have a negative COVID test before entering our community. (In some cases, we require as many as 3 negative test results, depending on exposure and risk.
In addition, each of our communities has enough testing kits to test all residents and staff on demand (with quick access to more, should we need them.) If anyone in our community develops signs or symptoms or we believe there is a risk of exposure, we immediately initiate an all-house test. We have found this approach (vs testing once at a moment in time and not again) provides a clear picture when we need it the most. Also, we utilize both resident and employee wellness logs to ensure we’re asking the right questions at the right time.
We strongly encourage all residents and staff to get the vaccine; however, it is not mandatory. Our teams and residents have been overwhelmingly excited about the availability of the vaccine and plan to receive it just as soon as it is available. (Including our CEO and entire Home Office team.) Still we respect people’s right to chose whether or not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. All residents (or responsible party) and staff must provide consent before they will receive the vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccine doses will have limited availability once they begin being distributed this month. The CDC has indicated that they anticipate the vaccine supply will increase substantially in early to mid 2021. So, 2021 is when most people will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
According to the CDC, most people do not experience serious problems after being vaccinated. We will be working closely with our pharmacy partners to understand more about mild short-term side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine before we start to use it. Like a flu shot or other vaccine, your arm may be sore, red, or warm to the touch just after the vaccine is administered. These symptoms usually go away on their own. Some people report getting a short-term headache or an increase in temperature when getting a vaccine. These side effects are a sign that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. It’s working and building up protection against disease.
Yes. Nearly all COVID-19 vaccines require two doses. The first one begins building protection, but everyone will need to have a second dose a few weeks later to ensure they get the most protection the vaccine can offer.
No. The CDC and leading health experts says getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the safer choice. COVID-19 is easily spread and can cause serious illness and even death if you get it. While you may not experience severe symptoms, you also risk giving it to your loved ones, who may get very sick or die.
No. Vaccines are being distributed and administered according to a federally created and state instituted priority plan. Colonial Oaks and Ashley Glen are pleased to be a part of that plan.
As we have learned much of this year, not one specific approach works to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While vaccines will work with our immune system so our bodies is better prepared to fight the virus if we are exposed, the virus will still be alive and present. Through rigorous practices, we have found that washing hands and using hand sanitizer while maintaining social distance when practicable and wearing face masks helps reduce our chances of being exposed or of spreading the virus to others.
Colonial Oaks and Ashley Glen have been busy finding creative ways to stay together…even while we’re 6 feet apart.
It’s no secret that things have changed. While our loving and serving may look different, our team is still focused on making every day meaningful. We could spend all day telling all the innovative and fun things our teams have come up with to keep our residents connected and engaged – but it’s more fun to show you.
To help our families stay in touch with loved ones, we’ve provided tablets to each community for live video chatting. Call your community today to set up a video chat with your loved one.