We are thrilled to report that the first round of vaccinations have been completed at Evergreen Fountains, and the rest of the first clinics are scheduled for completion before the end of this month. As wonderful as that news is, the reality is that these months have been difficult. For our residents, not seeing their loved ones in person has been heartbreaking.
So now the question is – when can we stop by for a visit?
The answer can be complicated. Restrictions vary by state, and senior living communities must err on the side of caution. Outdoor visits with grandparents are the best bet, and those visits can only happen if the community has been free of COVID-19 cases for 28 days.
Experts say that, once most residents in a senior living community are vaccinated, it is generally safer to loosen some restrictions – but masks continue to be mandatory. Also, remember that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both require two injections - the initial shot and a booster three or four weeks later. The protection these vaccines provide takes time, so visits should be delayed until at least two weeks after the second shot is administered.
Ideally, all visitors should receive their vaccinations before they come near their loved ones. Since shots will not be widely available for a few months, it may be best to wait until all who plan to visit have received their vaccinations.
Prokey Arger, Executive Director of Evergreen Fountains Senior Living, stated “the vaccine provides protection, but another first line of defense is to keep our guard up. Families should encourage their loved ones to get vaccinated, and everyone should continue to wear masks, wash their hands well and often, and practice social distancing.” We are all in this together.
At Evergreen Fountains, we follow CDC guidelines, requiring mask usage, hand hygiene, and social distancing to control the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. In addition, we have an on site medical clinic led by internal medicine doctor Dr. Bob Hustrulid.
For answers to visitation questions specific to your Inspired Living or Superior Residences community, please contact the community's executive director.