Although following stringent restrictions of social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis has altered the way families live their lives, many individuals find ways to adapt and continue to enjoy life while following the current laws and policies.
Restaurants and other businesses must close temporarily due to the current restrictions, but individuals continue to need assisted living and memory care, and new admissions continue as an essential service.
While observing strict guidelines and statewide policies, Magnolia Gardens Senior Living currently accepts new residents for assisted living and memory care. Families often struggle to provide care for loved ones with dementia, or those who require assistance with daily activities. Magnolia Gardens continues to reach out to the community, offering assistance and apartments to new residents and families in need.
The process for moving in has changed significantly, requiring strict practices such as requiring the staff to carefully sanitize each of the new resident’s belongings before anything is moved into the community buildings. Social distancing is observed by everyone (including staff and residents), wearing facemasks is required, as is monitoring temperatures of residents and staff.
“Initially, we had mixed feelings on the safety of admitting new residents to our community for fear of bringing the virus in,” said Tara Blount, Executive Director at Magnolia Gardens Senior Living. “We reviewed the risks and developed a new plan, because at the end of the day, seniors in our community still need us. Some need us more than ever.”
Tracy Williams-Tooze is grateful for the opportunity to safely visit her parents while wearing gloves and facemasks and observing social distancing outside the entrance of Assisted Living at Magnolia Gardens.
“It’s been very difficult on my siblings and I to not physically be a part of their lives right now, especially because my dad has recently been facing some serious health issues,” Williams-Tooze said. “However, I am so grateful that Magnolia Gardens is taking such great care of them and is being so protective of them. We’ve had some ‘window chats’ and have been able to FaceTime on occasion, which I am very grateful for as well. I’ll be really happy when I can hug them again!”
It is unknown how long the statewide COVID-19 restrictions will continue, but families and individuals are adapting and finding ways to be safe, healthy and successfully live their lives happily during the temporary new normal.