Time to Consider Retirement Living
Updated March 26, 2021
Updated March 26, 2021
March 2021 marks the one-year anniversary of Coronavirus-driven quarantines and lockdowns across the U.S., not to mention the entire globe. Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there are some bright lights at the end of the tunnel. We now have several approved vaccines that are being distributed to high-priority individuals, including the elderly and those who work in health care settings.
The tally of daily new cases is declining in most states. And some states and businesses are loosening their pandemic protocols. But getting to this point, especially in senior living communities, required a tremendous commitment to new habits every moment of the day. From mandatory mask-wearing to increased handwashing to banning outside visitors, every retirement community had to pivot quickly and assess their safety protocols or risk an outbreak of COVID-19.
Difficult times are often times of great discoveries, improvements, and breakthroughs across many industries. In the last year, the retirement living industry has directly influenced the invention of the N95 face mask, hands-free door pulls, vastly improved personal ventilators, and the increasing use of virtual doctor visits. When we welcome new behaviors, new technologies, and new products into our senior living communities, the greatest outcome is a cleaner, safer, and healthier place to live and work.
Many seniors believe – and some with good reason – that staying at home is best. Aging in one’s own home provides seniors with many benefits, particularly the comfort of the familiar. But, as needs change, there are some clear disadvantages, such as isolation, loneliness, malnutrition, and the risk of slips and falls.
But when you add the restrictions and fears caused by a pandemic onto the normal challenges of staying at home, the reality can quickly worsen. With state-mandated precautions in place that limit visits from friends and family, with activities canceled, favorite places temporarily closed, and unease about being in public settings, being at home can become mentally and psychologically limiting, if not just physically.
Add to that the predictable challenges of homeownership, such as yard work, shoveling snow, and home repairs. For seniors who might hire someone to help out, the Coronavirus may certainly make them think twice before allowing someone new into their home. However, senior living communities like Navion Senior Solutions have spent the last year redesigning what safe socializing looks like and creating new opportunities for indoor exercise and dining, lifelong learning, entertainment, and more.
One of the very first things we hear from new residents is their continual surprise at how many “little things” they don’t have to worry about anymore. From grocery shopping, meal planning, and medication reminders to housekeeping, laundry, and fixing your TV, the staff at your retirement community are dedicated to your every need.
Besides the obvious benefit of you not having to worry about these tasks, it’s an additional relief to know that your family and friends don’t have to be relied upon for last-minute emergencies.
Many senior living communities offer access to on-site medical care for medication management, prescription refills, and sometimes specialty services like physical therapy. Indoor fitness centers and outdoor walking and exercise spaces are reserved just for residents, reducing the risk of community exposure. Having health care and wellness services fully integrated into the community, with staff who take a whole-person approach to care, provides an extra layer of protection and reassurance during a pandemic.
All senior living communities are state-regulated. That means that infection-control mandates are not only strict but strictly enforced. Common areas like lobbies, elevators, hallways, and mailrooms are continually sanitized. All staff members are trained to follow best practices to prevent the community spread of COVID-19. Staff are screened before each shift for symptoms of the virus and are obligated not to come to work when they’re sick. And many senior living communities have adopted testing, screening, and contact tracing for residents, staff members, and visitors.
One of the best advantages that seniors who live in retirement communities have received over the past year has been direct and priority access to the COVID-19 vaccines. As high-priority recipients, retirement communities were poised to coordinate shot clinics and schedule their residents as soon as the vaccines became available. Because of this priority access and ability to partner with local pharmacy partners, many retirement communities, including 100% of Navion Senior Solutions’ communities, are fully vaccinated at the resident level.
Senior living communities have led the way in the last year in showing how to quickly and responsibly adapt to a pandemic. Those that do it best are, more than ever, some of the safest and most fulfilling places for seniors to enjoy living. For more information about senior living options near you, visit us at navionseniorsolutions.com.
We will provide up-to-date information about COVID-19 and our ongoing response in each Navion community through our website, emails, newsletters, phone calls, and in-person meetings.
Navion is not only providing COVID-19 vaccines to its existing residents but also our staff, associates, and seniors in our surrounding communities age 65 and older.
Across all sixteen Navion communities, we have ensured all residents’ safety and well-being throughout the pandemic.
We know prospective residents—and some of our newer residents—wonder if now is the right time to move to Navion. Balancing health and well-being needs with medical safety is challenging—today, more than ever. Navion works to ensure your protection and put your fears to rest.
With our onsite vaccine clinics at each Navion community and our incredible medical and nursing teams, we have already provided the first round of COVID-19 vaccines to 8o percent of our residents.