Why Seniors in Assisted Living Communities are Rolling Up Their Sleeves to Stay Healthy

Assisted Living Residents Pose for Picture Holding 'I Got Vaccinated' Heart Sign

Utah Assisted Living Association (UALA) offers the best in assisted living and memory care for every resident in our community. Through dedication, health, and safety protocols, our cherished communities remain safer than ever.

With most of our residents aged 65 and older, many have chosen to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated to protect themselves against severe illnesses like COVID-19 and the seasonal flu. It’s also allowed our residents a chance to resume many of the activities they so missed.

One of UALA’s sweet residents, Betty Brand, even spoke to ‘Good Things Utah’ about how getting vaccinated has impacted her life. “We got the shots and it was very well organized. The first feeling was that we were free and we were going to be able to be with our families, touch people and hold babies,” the 88-year-old explained. With great-grandchild on the way, Betty said this Mother’s Day was certainly one she will always remember.

Vaccinations are particularly important because they protect you and the people around you.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says these preventative actions can help protect seniors against serious complications that can arise due in part to changes in immune defenses with increasing age.

At UALA, health and safety is always top-of-mind at every stage. Recently, as vaccines began to roll out and become more steadily available, we partnered with Utah’s Department of Health (UDOH), Utah Health Care Association, and Beehive Homes to hold a virtual vaccine distribution information session so residents and their families could learn about vaccine distribution and moving forward.

Now, over one million Utahns have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine in the state, according to data from the Utah Department of Health.  Influenza activity has also decreased in Utah over the last month, according to UDOH. As assisted living communities begin to ease restrictions following state and federal guidelines, our residents are eager to safely resume in-person visits and group activities once again.  

“It’s been a tough year, but thanks to our staff, leaders, amazing residents and their families, our UALA community is stronger than ever,” Scott Monson, UALA President said.  

Learn more about the Utah Assisted Living Association here and our mission at https://www.utahassistedliving.org/.