5 Health and Safety Tips to Consider When Visiting Loved Ones in Assisted Living
As of early June, more than 297 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the United States since distribution began in December of 2020. In Utah, more than 45% of the population has received at least one dose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As people continue to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others, many are breathing a sigh of relief as families start to embrace once again, activities begin to resume, and doors finally re-open.
In assisted living facilities, guidelines set by the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) and recommendations from the CDC have continued to keep residents and healthcare workers safe. Thanks to these health and safety measures, paired with on-going vaccination efforts, many assisted living facilities are once again allowing visitors.
Here are five health and safety tips to consider to help you plan ahead for your visit with loved ones in assisted living communities:
- Outdoor Is Best: Visiting with residents in outdoor areas lowers the chance of exposure
- Self-Screen: Though you will likely be screened before entering the facility, check for any symptoms before visiting
- Hygiene Care: Before and after visits, hands should be kept clean and areas disinfected
- Stay Together: Visitors should avoid contact with other residents and common areas
- Short and Sweet: Visits with a limited number of people for a short amount of time are safest
The Utah Assisted Living Association (UALA) is excited to see residents reconnecting with their loved ones once again, safely. We encourage visitors to do their part to keep our most vulnerable family members safe by getting vaccinated. It is important to the communities, their loved ones, and the staff within them.
You can find more information about our UALA communities here: https://utahassistedliving.org/.