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Senior Living During COVID-19

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How COVID-19 Has Shaped Senior Living

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the way all of us live and go about our day-to-day. But one group that has felt the repercussions of the pandemic more so than others is older adults living in senior living communities. From having less access to community amenities to being unable to leave or invite guests over, senior living residents have had to endure new precautions and restrictions.

You may be a part of the large number of seniors that were planning to move into a community but are now having doubts about whether or not it’s a good idea. Rest assured that senior living communities, like Peabody, are doing everything they can to create a clean, safe environment for all residents.

The American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) conducted a study in June 2020 that was focused on learning more about COVID-19’s impact on the senior housing market. The results provide readers with key findings on what people are looking for from senior living communities before making their move.


American Seniors Housing Association Study Findings

Prospects Want Stringent Cleaning Protocols in Place

When asked what must occur before moving to a retirement community, 72 percent of prospects across all three levels of care: independent living, assisted living and memory care, indicated that they would need to see identifiable cleaning and disinfecting programs at a community before moving in.

Prospects Want to See Prevention Policies in Place

Prospects across all three levels of care indicated they would need to see what specific policies were in place to prevent future COVID-19 infection prior to moving into a retirement community.

Prospects Want Safe, Socially Distant Activities

Another 42 percent of prospects indicated they would like communities to have safe, physically distant social engagement activities available to them prior to making the move into a retirement community.


Peabody’s Response to COVID-19

At Peabody Retirement Community, the health and safety of our residents is our top priority. That’s why we work with Life Care Services (LCS) to ensure residents of our communities are well taken care of, especially during these unprecedented times.

Our approach to reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic has been well thought-out and will closely follow the Center of Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and best practices. Each phase of our reopening is based on state and regional criteria, advice from public health officials and the overall health status of our community.

We will continue to have the current precautionary measures in place in our communities: 

In order to keep our communities as safe as possible, we are closely following and enforcing CDC guidelines. This includes following social distancing protocols, making masks required, restricting non-essential visitors, providing daily temperature checks for both our staff and residents and having outside visitors complete a screening prior to visiting our communities.

Other precautionary measures we’re taking in our communities include:

  • Limited dining services available- room service is offered at this time
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the campus
  • Restricted entry into our community- limited to one entrance and exit
  • Limited vendors permitted in the building (those that are permitted must pass the screening)
  • Increased sanitation and cleaning in place

COVID-19 Precautions at Our Independent Living Communities

In an effort to help independent living residents return to an active lifestyle, we’ve started to safely re-open some activities and social events. These include:

  • Outside exercise classes – (limited to 20 people with appropriate social distancing and masks required)
  • Social events in Craig House – (limited to 10 people, masks and social distancing required)

COVID-19 Precautions at Our Assisted Living Communities

To help assisted living residents continue to enjoy an engaging lifestyle, we’ve started to safely allow some small social activities and visitation to occur. These include:

  • Small group activities (limited to 10 people with masks and social distancing required)
  • Hair salon by appointment only
  • Window visits
  • Outside visits by appointment only

If you would like more detailed information on our response to COVID-19, please contact the LCS hotline at 855-998-4934.


Live a Healthy Lifestyle at Peabody Retirement Community

At Peabody, you can expect a warm, welcoming and clean atmosphere to call home. We’ll help you reduce stress during the pandemic when you join our community by keeping CDC recommended precautions in place to help keep our community as safe as possible.

If you would like to learn more about what our community has to offer you, please contact us at 260-201-2701. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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