There are always emotions and concerns about moving a loved one into an assisted living community, but when this transition happens during a pandemic, people want to know what COVID-19 precautions and sanitation measures the community is taking to promote the safety of all.
The leadership of CelesteCare understands the direct correlation between sanitation and COVID-19 and other types of viruses and how essential infection prevention is during a pandemic. However, we also recognize we will not always be able to avoid the virus 100 percent but believe the protocols we have established to sanitize our communities will reduce the possibility of spread.
Our daily protocols include:
- Disinfecting with the e-mist sprayer daily – an electrostatic sprayer that can completely cover even the most hard-to-reach nooks and crannies with a disinfectant solution. This product uses water electrolyzed with salt and is non-toxic to humans.
- Using cleaning products that meet CDC guidelines for chemical content.
- Requiring staff follow hand hygiene — washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Providing hand sanitizer stations throughout the community for use in addition to washing hands frequently
- Routinely disinfecting all surfaces in the community with germ-killing ingredients
- Sanitizing handrails, toilet handles, chairs, tables and remote controls
- Removing trash and soiled items multiple times during the day
- Wearing and training our staff/residents and visitors about the proper use of PPE
- Utilizing plastic and paper products during any signs of unknown or positive cases
- Laundry items laundered and kept separate from other communal persons
- Disinfecting packages and inventory that come into the community
- Limiting the number of people in and out of the building to essential caregivers
- Requiring all essential caregivers go through hand-hygiene and screening prior to visiting
- Requiring all essential caregivers visits are spread out throughout the day to limit the number of people in the building at one time
Statistics from our communities prove that we have both avoided COVID-19 in buildings and have minimized COVID-19 exposure due to sanitation protocols and universal precautions we have implemented.