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How are you, your team, and your organization ensuring the physical, emotional, and mental health of your residents and or members during the Coronavirus outbreak?


Carolyn Leevy  May 19, 2020

Our facility (Health Services team and, CEO) hosts a family conference call once a week to give updates to family members who can no longer visit their family members. We also allow family members to ask questions, voice concerns and offer suggestions. Having had two parents in Nursing facilities, I can't imagine the anxiety that some family members are feeling right now. This weekly call has really helped us address the same issues that you bring up, Colin.

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Sherry French  March 25, 2020

Activity Services at Still Hopes Retirement Community formed a "Corona Virus Blues Team" of residents. We did this years ago when our community was under a major construction project. So at this time brainstorming ideas of ways to safely stimulate social interaction, entertainment, and general good humor, this group came up with the following:
Joke of the Day posted
Rope Walks (measure 6 feet and people walk holding the rope.)
Bingo using disposable cards and sanitizable markers...6 feet apart 10 people in 2 closed sections of our event center side by side, accommodating 20 players. Caller is outside of the 2 areas.
Movies on our big screen can be shown in 2 sections of event center, again accommodating 20. People sign up for the 10 a.m. or the 2 p.m. showing.
Hey, Neighbor at noon--go out on your balcony or patio at noon and wave/call greetings to your neighbors. Folks in our houses walk over to the outside area where they can chat with the balcony/patio folks. We are distributing bubbles for them to blow to their neighbors for April Fools Day.
Formed a quartet and an ensemble to sing out on our bistro deck and areas for people to come out on patios/balconies and sing along.
Face Time Fridays to assist residents to do this.
Recording residents doing programs of interest and downloading to our in-house TV channel. We are bless with many residents and activity staff members who are teachers or lecturers or storytellers or entertainers that we plan to record. A sub team is also working on a comedy show to be recorded.
Live streaming our worship services.
Small trivia groups
Small reminiscing groups
A sewing brigade is underway to make personal protective equipment....masks currently....may do gowns also.
When the bar had to close, folks resumed their happy hour 10 at the time, 6 feet apart in the elevator lobby on each floor of the apartment building. They say this has allowed them to get to know their neighbors better.

All groups must be sign up for so that people don't come and be turned away because there are more than 10.

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  • teresa  April 07, 2020 Can you share what is your source for disposable bingo cards available? And sanitizable markers? ... More details

Emma Harrill  March 20, 2020

We have had our personal trainers make videos that our IT department will be setting up for residents to view in home. We are arranging to "Zoom" with residents who have the capability to do that. We have moved exercise classes outside and ensuring appropriate social distancing. We are working with our behavioral health providers to establish a process for "counseling" and our medical team has explored and prepared to offer telehealth support. Volunteers who no longer can come on campus are e-mailing cards, pictures, poems etc for us to distribute. We are offering a "fresh market" option for residents (and staff) to order grocery items from our dining service - as well as take out meals.

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Belinda Degboe  March 20, 2020

Colin, we are not using virtual reality but we are fortunate in my community to have our own local TV stations. So I have all my instructors record our classes and we will start streaming classes to residents home from Monday. I just spoke with two of my residents who just look very relief that they could still workout from the comfort of their homes and with known instructors.

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Kim Eichinger  March 20, 2020

We are creating program content that can be televised into resident apartments. For example, we have taped several exercise routines and included tips for staying safe and reducing fall risk within their apartments. We don't want residents to become deconditioned and we want them to practice safe habits when moving about their apartments (since they are spending more time there). Daily door to door service delivers brain teasers, art projects and even happy hour refreshments. We have cross trained our team members to allow for more hands readily available to help residents face time with family, tend to small groups of memory care residents and assist with everything from activities to sanitation. We are eager for springtime to take advantage of outdoor activity too. These may be challenging times, but I must say that the best creativity is coming to the surface amongst our coworker teams!

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Tom Adams  March 20, 2020

In a community living environment constant monitoring of the residents is the only way to insure catching CORVID-19 early. Hands free temperature checks is a good start.

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Josh Peterson, CSCS, NSCA-CPT  March 19, 2020

Moving to online platform focusing on habit based approach over workouts. Using a empathic approach to helping others.

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Colin Milner  March 19, 2020

Is any one using virtual reality to decrease anxiety?

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