As Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC), my ultimate goal is to provide accurate information for those we serve and our community at large. To that end, I wanted to highlight a question I have been hearing often now that the COVID-19 vaccination is available to the public: “What happens now?”
The short answer: even after you’ve received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, it is recommended that you follow health and safety regulations, such as continuing to wear masks and avoid close contact with others in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
Even when an individual has received vaccination, it is uncertain as to whether or not COVID-19 can be spread to vulnerable, unvaccinated individuals. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide in real-world conditions before making the decision to get back to normal life. Many factors will affect this decision, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities.
Because of this, CESLC will continue to follow strict guidelines to ensure the safety of residents and team members until we hear otherwise from the CDC. These guidelines include:
- Wearing masks on our campus.
- Remaining at least six feet apart from others.
- Avoiding crowds.
- Avoiding poorly vented spaces.
- Encouraging frequent hand-washing.
Certainty in Uncertain Times
As we move forward into a post-vaccine world, I want to stress that senior living remains an excellent solution for older adults. CESLC has focused all efforts on providing a safe, secure and healthy environment for residents and team members. We are proud to say that we are continually revisiting and improving our practices to ensure the best quality of life for everyone who calls CESLC home.
Independent living residents in Ring House and Revitz House enjoy an active, engaging life without worrying about undue exposure to the virus. Our maintenance-free community handles all the tasks … even cooking and cleaning. That means older adults don’t have to do things like grocery shopping, running errands, picking up prescriptions or otherwise risking exposure by going out in the community.
Assisted living residents in Landow House enjoy the same maintenance-free lifestyle plus supportive care that allows them to live as independently as possible. This provides security and peace of mind for residents and family members. Because older adults remain in their homes and receive care from team members who are tested twice a week, we can observe and track any potential exposure issues. This is especially important to the health and safety of those with underlying medical conditions and issues.
. Our secure memory care communities in Cohen-Rosen House and Connections at Landow House provide a meaningful, uplifting lifestyle for residents in an environment tailored to their unique needs, while doing all we can to minimize the chances of exposure to the virus.
Finally, seniors who require long-term care services can receive the same excellent care they’ve come to expect at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. We are able to continue providing comprehensive health services to those recovering from an illness, injury or following surgery. Not only are we protecting them from COVID-19 as much as possible; we are also providing an environment and care that allows them to regain as much of their abilities as possible.
It is thanks to the diligence and hard work of CESLC leadership and team members that we have been able to manage the pandemic with grace and success. We would like to express our profound appreciation to everyone for all of your support and resilience as we continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to keeping families informed, and will continue to communicate any updates as they become available.