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This population doesn’t understand: Rising to COVID-19 challenges in memory care

April 13, 2020 In The News 12 min read
The COVID-19 pandemic poses new challenges for memory care operators to create safe, secure, and enriching communities. Cindi Raymond weighs in via Senior Housing News.
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As memory care facilities maintain social distancing guidelines, they’re faced with the challenge of finding ways to adapt with minimal disruptions to residents’ daily routines. Plante Moran Principal Cindi Raymond notes that this population doesn’t understand the COVID-19 threat and suggests finding ways to create more opportunities for engagement within residents’ rooms.

Hourly rounds, though always a good idea, are crucial during this time. Washing residents’ hands during these visits not only serves for infection control but provides an opportunity for therapeutic physical touch. Cindi’s suggestions also include providing manicures and pedicures, making a child care station, and establishing a craft corner or reading nook. These are excellent forms of stimulation for residents that will still allow everyone to maintain safe social distance.

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