Senior care facility implements visitor restrictions

Senior care facilities are responding to the coronavirus threat with many now limiting family access but encouraging social media contact

Posted: Mar 20, 2020 8:49 AM
Updated: Mar 20, 2020 8:50 AM

CHICO, Calif. – With the new “stay at home” order from California Governor, those in the business of caring for elders are taking steps to tighten protocol for keeping seniors safe from the coronavirus.

For one location, which is not a nursing home nor an assisted facility, but rather something in between, Roseleaf Senior Living and Memory Care, provides care for the elderly and those with specific medical, physical and mental needs.

Efforts to keep those inside safe from the realities of coronavirus on the outside are now in full force.

Just hours before California Governor Gavin Newsom issued the call to remain at home, Roseleaf made the decision to restrict visitors to the facility to ‘essential staff’ only. That means family members are no longer allowed to make on-site visits, only personal care staff and assistants.

Action News Now Morning Anchor Julia Yarbough talked, via skype, with Executive Director Florie Kuperman. She says visitors are screened, with their temperature taken and asked if they have any symptoms or have had possible exposure.

Kuperman says with so many unknowns right now, everyone must play a role in helping to protect seniors.

“All we can do at the moment is stay informed and know what’s coming and be prepared for it,” explains Kuperman. “Taking responsibility that our seniors are protected is for everyone. We want to encourage family members to visit virtually and we have those channels for visits on skype and facetime so family and friends can call.”

Kuperman says the facility is also launching, what it calls ‘love notes,’ and those are messages family and friends can submit online.

The move by Roseleaf comes as one of the leading agencies which advises facilities in the senior care industry, is providing daily updates for how to proceed during this coronavirus pandemic.

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