Health and Wellness Nurse, Mark Mitchell
COVID certainly has been a challenge from an operational standpoint in senior living. We had to recreate the way that we think in protecting our seniors. Added protocols of temperature checks, increased sanitizing and cleaning schedules, and the use of PPE have been the biggest changes.
In the beginning procuring the needed PPE (protective wear) was a challenge, but we were able to stay ahead of the curve by utilizing all our local resources and those from our Community Support Center in Tampa. Additional policies and procedures had to be put in place regarding dining, while still trying to maintain some type of socialization for our Moms and Dads. Our Programming staff had to get creative to keep our residents engaged, but still follow the protocols of the CDC and GA Department of Health. FaceTime visits, porch visits, and socially distanced Parking Lot Socials have become very popular. While we may have had to adjust the way that we do some things, our mission has not changed. We care, think, understand and act quickly. We strive to be 1% every day and we are generous in spirit, making every effort to care for our Moms and Dads as if they were our own parents.