Have you picked up the latest issue of Virginia Living Magazine? If so, you might have been pleasantly surprised to see two of Westminster's very own answering questions about how to find a retirement home during the pandemic.
The article, written by Sandra Shelley, featured answers from our Vice President of Marketing Debbie Callahan and Marketing Director Laura Hunter. Questions focused on finding a retirement home or community that offers more when it comes to care and what safety measures to look for when choosing an assisted living and a "lifelong care facility."
We are so proud of Debbie and Laura for their contributions as we continue to be a top resource for those looking for senior living options and a comfortable retirement community. You can read a snippet of the article below:
Assisted living and lifelong care facilities have been particularly hard hit by COVID. What safety measures should we look for during this time?
Many of these communities are still closed to outside visitors, except to families with relatives in hospice. When evaluating a community, look for safety measures like requiring face masks in public areas, restricting meals to take-out or delivery, and limiting class sizes and activities. Ask about their sanitation procedures and if they are doing extra cleanings.
Daily temperature screenings of staff and regular COVID-19 testing of residents and staff are critically important to controlling outbreaks, says Callahan. In Westminster Canterbury of Lynchburg’s assisted living communities and health care center, “We’ve been testing for about five different cycles now, from early July.” When a new individual moves into an assisted living or lifelong care community, they may have to first undergo testing and then quarantine before being tested again.
“We’re being super cautious,” says Laura Hunter, marketing director for Westminster Canterbury of Lynchburg, which has reported zero COVID-19 cases among its residents. “Right now, we’re going to protect our greatest asset: the people who live here. We’re in a good place right now, and we’re really grateful.”