From the onset of the coronavirus, the safety of our residents and associates was, and continues to be, our top priority. We are still carefully implementing all safety guidelines and protocols set forth by the CDC, World Health Organization, and state and local government officials. Cascade leadership meets frequently to discuss new policies, any issues confronting the communities, the latest updates within the company and more, all in an effort to address the challenges caused by this pandemic and protect our residents and staff.
To mitigate any possible infection, our communities have established partnerships with local physicians like Dr. Stephen Ostroff, a licensed infection control and Epidemiologist consultant, and independent laboratories for immediate care and intervention as well as quick and accurate testing. We’re also prepared to provide each resident with the opportunity to receive the vaccine and available boosters when appropriate. In addition, we require all of our associate team members to be fully vaccinated unless they qualify for a religious or medical exemption under state and local health authority guidelines.
Through partnerships with companies like Bateau, a state-of-the-art Policy & Procedure Management Platform, we ensure compliance with all policies and protocols and consistently high standards across all departments in each of our Cascade Living Group communities. We’ve also partnered with Envision Medical Group to provide medical direction and expertise at each one of our communities to help internally regulate policies, procedures and best practices.
We continue to follow all CDC and local guidelines for visitors and essential medical personnel. We also continue to require appropriate PPE and/or masks for all associate team members while serving the needs of our residents.
In taking these steps, we’ve mitigated virus spread and lessened the impacts of precautions on families and loved ones. These restrictions have been difficult for everyone but are necessary to keep everyone safe.
However, despite all of these precautions, there is fun to be had!
Unless restricted by local health agencies, residents may dine in the community dining room. Activities are allowed (yes, bingo is alive and well!) in socially distanced group settings of 10 or fewer people. Activities include exercises, games, crafts, book clubs and more. Entertainment is allowed if masks are worn by entertainers. Residents can enjoy community settings at any time, but again, masks must be worn.
We look forward to continuing our updates and thank you for helping us protect our residents while providing a safe, comforting and welcoming home.