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How COVID-19 Has Impacted Senior Living

As guidelines shift and new variants emerge, senior living communities have stepped up to rapidly adapt to new safety protocols, visitation rules, and CDC regulations. 

Kensington Senior Living has worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to keep our residents and their families safe, healthy, and happy.

In our communities, your family is our family, and we are dedicated to their protection and happiness. We stand by our everlasting Promise, to love and care for your family, as we do our own.

Learn how our communities are staying ahead of COVID-19 through vaccination clinics, regular monitoring and sanitation, and creative adjustments to social activities and visitors.

How Senior Living Communities Are Keeping Residents Safe

To keep residents safe from COVID-19, senior living communities such as Kensington Senior Living are closely following both CDC guidelines and requirements from the local department of health.

As soon as new information is released, our communities are quickly updating safety measures to include the latest suggestions.

Safe Social Interaction and Activities

Kensington Senior Living works to balance the latest safety guidelines with a resident’s overall happiness and wellbeing. During the pandemic, seniors have been at an even greater risk of isolation and loneliness, which can contribute to poor health.

While the pandemic has impacted social activities and gatherings, communities such as Kensington Senior Living have stepped up to make creative adjustments to activities. 

This includes:

  • Smaller groups to allow for social distancing
  • Virtual activities
  • Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks
  • Individual activities

Our residents have a wide range of personal interests and hobbies. These interests continue to be incorporated into our life enrichment offerings, despite the challenges COVID-19 has introduced.

With social distancing and safety precautions in place, residents enjoy activities such as art, music, sports, and virtual activities. Plus, we promote activities in the fresh air and sunshine whenever it is available to us.

How Has Senior Living Adapted to the COVID-19 Omicron Variant?

The latest COVID-19 variant, Omicron, has once again disrupted daily life for many. Kensington Senior Living was prepared for this new variant with its continued safety measures, including:

  • Monitoring all team members for fever and symptoms of illness
  • Team members immediately sent home at signs of illness
  • Team use of PPE such as masks, gloves, gowns, and protective face shields
  • Social distancing
  • Resident use of masks when needed
  • Vaccination of all residents and team members
  • Visitation in outdoor areas, specially designated indoor areas, and resident suites
  • Option for virtual connection with video chat, phone calls, and FaceTime
  • CDC-approved disinfectants used throughout communities

All external deliveries are sanitized prior to entering our communities, and Kensington Senior Living communities partner with moving companies that have comparable COVID-19 policies and procedures.

Our safety measures are always subject to change based on the latest guidelines from federal and local health experts.

How Communities Are Maintaining Resident Vaccination Status

Seniors aged 65 and older are in the high-risk group for developing a serious illness from COVID-19. When the vaccine became available to this group, our communities began quickly organizing clinics to distribute first and second doses, and now boosters.

Vaccinating the community is a top priority for Kensington Senior Living. 

All current team members and residents immediately received doses as they became available, and new, non-vaccinated residents are tested for COVID-19 and quarantined until they can receive their doses.

The COVID-19 mRNA vaccines teach the body how to recognize and fight the virus. They protect against even the most serious symptoms of COVID-19, which include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Seniors are more likely to develop a serious illness from COVID-19 due to underlying conditions seniors develop, such as diabetes or heart or lung disease.

We are dedicated to protecting our residents from serious illness or infection with the use of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Kensington Senior Living Puts Resident and Family Safety First

The Kensington Senior Living team wants families to know that senior living during COVID-19 is still the safest option for many seniors. 

Our communities understand the vulnerability of our residents during the pandemic, and have taken every measure possible to ensure their safety.

All Services Available On-Site

Seniors living at home or with a family member are more susceptible to illness and injury based on factors that are difficult to control. 

In a community setting, the living, dining, rehabilitation, and wellness spaces are specifically designed with your loved one’s health in mind. They are always available to residents, without ever having to leave the community.

True “Aging in Place” Means a Home For Life

Kensington Senior Living’s Promise is to love and care for your family as we do our own. This means that the health and happiness of our residents and their families comes first.

For more information on a specific community or the types of services we offer, reach out to our team today or start by reading our testimonials.

We provide true “aging in place” to our residents, where no matter how their health needs change over time, they will have a home with us — even those with enhanced care needs. 

We invite all to become a part of the Kensington family. Get in touch with our team today for any questions or more information on how we continue to keep our team and residents safe.  

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