By: Chuck Sudo | Senior Housing News

As senior living providers are hitting critical mass in their Covid-19 vaccination efforts, they are taking a big step toward normalcy by resuming more regular visitations.

As Covid-19 swept across the United States last spring, senior living communities shut their doors to almost all visitors — including residents’ family members. In the ensuing months, isolation has taken a steep toll on residents. Senior living providers have reported, fear of being cut off from loved ones is a deterrent to move-ins. More so than the fear over being infected with Covid-19.

While providers have hit on creative ways to connect residents and family members, more normal visitation at last seems within reach.

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Covid-19 Cases on the Decline in Long Term Care Facilities

Methods of reducing the risk of catching Covid-19 include

  • frequent hand washing
  • especially with warm water and soap
  • not touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • staying away from people who appear to be sick or that have been around someone sick

The virus that causes Covid-19 has a long incubation period. This means it takes between 5 and 7 days before symptoms appear; after being exposed to the virus – if they show up at all.

What are Some Causes?

Obviously, we can’t definitively say why cases of covid-19 have declined so quickly, but there are a few key factors that may be contributing to fewer outbreaks: 1) Better Vaccination: One area that healthcare experts agree has helped reduce covid-19 is better vaccination. Many long term care facilities now vaccinate against covid-19 during seasonal flu vaccinations and other vaccines. 2) Cleanliness & Resistant Bacteria: It’s possible that better hygiene and sanitization practices are helping prevent spread of infection. Additionally, health experts point out that some forms of bacteria are becoming resistant to certain treatments, making it more difficult for people with weakened immune systems to fight off infection.

How can you prevent them?

Simple precautions minimize the risk of Covid-19. When health care workers come into contact with a person who has Covid-19 or symptoms. Immediately follow proper procedures. Mainly by washing hands after handling any bodily fluids. Proper infection control measures enforced to each facility.

When Should You Contact Your Loved One’s Doctor?

When it comes to elderly relatives, maintaining regular checkups is crucial. But what should you do if your loved one starts exhibiting strange or alarming behavior? Follow these steps to keep your aging loved one safe.