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 at least three times a week 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; in the event that a resident shows signs of the virus. We’re also prepared and ready to offer the vaccine to any resident or staff member who may be interested as soon as one becomes available.
Through partnerships with companies like Bateau, a state-of-the-art Policy & Procedure Management Platform, we ensure compliance with all policies and protocols and consistent 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 restricting visitors inside communities, allowing only medical and other essential personnel. We do welcome outside visits, based on CDC and local guidelines, with our residents for up to two adults, by appointment. During these outside visits, all participants are required to wear a mask and maintain six feet of social distance at all times.
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 until we are able to vaccinate and do our part to stop the spread and better the health of those around us.
Amid all of these precautions, however, there is fun to be had!
Currently, residents may dine in the community dining room with social distancing. Activities are allowed (yes, bingo is back!) 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 come out of their apartments at any time, but again, masks must be worn.
We look forward to continuing our updates and alerting you when a vaccine is available and ready to be distributed. Thank you for helping us protect our residents while providing safety for the months to come.