Considering a transition into a senior living community? Now is a great time to make the move. Residents of senior living communities enjoy a priority spot to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before it becomes available to the general public. Nearly all of the communities operated by The Arbor Company are part of the “phase 1A” group in the national rollout of the vaccine. (One exception: our standalone independent living communities.)
As you have likely seen in the news recently, the COVID-19 vaccine will be ready soon, and residents and staff in senior living communities are among the first groups being prioritized. At Arbor, this means nearly all of the communities we operate are in the “phase 1A” portion of the national rollout of the vaccine (the only communities not eligible are standalone independent living communities with no assisted living attached to them).
The global coronavirus pandemic has put senior wellness and health at the forefront of conversations in family homes, hospitals, and even grocery stores. Because older adults are especially vulnerable to serious complications from COVID-19, the extra attention to keeping them as safe as possible has been a wise decision. However, many family members and medical professionals are also seeing the side effects of social isolation for older adults: depression, anxiety, and general loneliness are on the rise.
The COVID-19 crisis has upended much of what we all take for granted in life. The gatherings we look forward to, leisurely restaurant meals, and days spent shopping are now on the back burner as the entire world works to understand, fight, and eventually triumph over this virus.
News of outbreaks in nursing homes are especially alarming, given that seniors are more likely to have comorbidities that increase their risk of serious coronavirus complications.