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Senior Housing News recently published an article discussing how retirement communities already have to be cautious with the spread of influenza each year. Seniors with respiratory ailments are a high-risk demographic, and measures have already been put into place to keep seniors healthy during times like this. Vista Grande Villa is no exception.

31042 Blog Post VGV Senior Living Facilities Prepared for Pandemic

As a result, the senior living industry, in general, is actually much better prepared to deal with a pandemic than many other industries. Most senior living and long-term care providers, including Vista Grande Villa, have strict protocols in place to help prevent the spread of an illness like COVID-19, should they have a resident or patient who comes down with it. And dealing with the COVID-19 virus isn’t drastically different than dealing with influenza or norovirus (a highly contagious “stomach bug”). It’s largely about communities doubling down on the prevention efforts they already have in place.

Among the illness prevention and control protocols that senior living and care providers typically have in place are caregiver vaccination requirements, best practice checklists for flu or other disease outbreaks, monthly illness reports, and regular calls with experts in infectious disease control.

Vista Grande Villa is committed to keeping our residents healthy. We will update you frequently as Michigan Governor Whitmer announces changes we must partake in. You can find all communication as it affects our community on our COVID-19 page by clicking here.

Remember, frequent handwashing, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, social distancing, staying at least 6 feet apart, and staying home will help protect you, your family, friends and neighbors from contracting COVID-19. We urge you to allow us to perform any outside community errands or tasks that need to be done. This work will be done complementary, at no cost to you. Examples of these tasks include: groceries, bank runs, and medication refills. If there are any other essential tasks that you need to have completed, please call the Front Office (517-787-0222) and we will be more than happy to do this for you. If at all possible, do not leave the campus.