While the COVID-19 crisis has hit many businesses hard, it’s no secret that the senior living industry has been particularly challenged. However, by focusing on our top priority – providing the best possible care that keeps our residents healthy, active and safe – we believe The Arbor Company remains in a good position during this pandemic and beyond.
Seniors are Hardest Hit
Solana East Cobb and Arbor Terrace of East Cobb, based in Marietta, offer assisted living and memory care for seniors. (Memory care is assisted living for those living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.) As we’ve all heard on the news, seniors represent the most vulnerable population for COVID-19. While patients of any age can become critically ill, older adults are at higher risk. Those with underlying conditions like heart disease, lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, or suppressed immune systems are even more likely to become ill, more likely to require hospitalization, and more likely to die from the virus.
Our priority has always been the health and safety of our residents and staff, so we take matters like this pandemic very seriously.
We have put many proactive measures in place to keep our residents as safe as possible during the outbreak. Visitors are not permitted until further notice, with the exception of extreme or emergency situations, and we’re screening all health care providers who enter our communities. We’ve also implemented additional cleaning procedures and adjusted our dining room operations to help reduce the threat of infection. Our staff members are wearing personal protection equipment (PPE), keeping their distance as much as possible, and of course, washing their hands frequently.
Is Senior Living Right Choice?
Even though we’ve postponed tours due to our current restrictions on visitors, we are adapting. We offer virtual tours to prospective residents and their families. Our websites provide plenty of useful information that will give you a good feel for our communities before visiting. And our senior care counselors are available by phone or videoconferencing to discuss your specific concerns and to answer your questions.
Remember that, in choosing senior living, you’re likely to make the best decision if you begin looking at options well before the need is urgent.
We are also continuing to offer fun and informative events, open to the community, now in a virtual format. We partner with experts in related fields of interest to seniors, such as eldercare attorneys and retirement and financial planning experts, to bring useful information via webinars and other virtual formats. Visit our Facebook pages to learn about upcoming events.
Freda Meyer is executive director of The Solana East Cobb. It is operated, along with Arbor Terrace of East Cobb, by The Arbor Company, an Atlanta-based company with more than 30 years of experience.