Here at Arizona Homestead, our number one priority has always been to protect the health and safety of our residents while promoting their quality of life. In order to carry out our mission during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have instituted a number of changes that you should be aware of. Of course, this situation is continually changing from day to day. We’d like to encourage you to check our website and email newsletter often for the most recent updates. If you have any questions or concerns about your loved one, we’re always accessible by phone.
COVID-19 Changes in Effect Immediately
For the sake of protecting the seniors in our care—as well as our staff members and the community as a whole—we have made the following changes, effectively immediately.
“No Visitor” Policy
We understand the importance of connecting with loved ones. However, for the time being, we must refuse all visitors to our residential home. However, we are working on setting up Skype sessions and other communication options to enable our residents to connect with their family and friends.
Please note that our front door is locked. Only our staff will be able to open it.
Before any staff members, medical professionals, or other support personnel are allowed entry to the building, they are screened for the following:
- Recent travel to an outbreak hotspot
- Recent air travel or cruise travel
- Temperature higher than normal
- Any signs of a respiratory illness
All individuals who are allowed to enter the building must immediately wash their hands thoroughly with hot water and soap, scrubbing for a minimum of 20 seconds.
Our Ongoing Efforts to Ensure Safety
In addition to the above recent changes, Arizona Homestead is continually seeking new ways of protecting our residents and staff members as the situation continues to evolve.
- Our team is evaluating and updating our Disaster Plan to include thorough infectious disease protocols.
- We are conducting outreach activities to strengthen relationships with the community in order to raise awareness of the needs of seniors in Southern Arizona.
- Our management is in contact with medical professionals and other assisted living operators to keep a close eye on this situation and to determine other measures to institute in order to protect our seniors.
- We are proactively inventorying supplies and brainstorming ways of ensuring our facility will have all the healthcare supplies we need to care for our seniors despite the nationwide shortage.
Safety During the Pandemic: What Arizona Residents Need to Know
At Arizona Homestead, we are doing everything possible to safeguard our residents and staff members. We encourage families throughout the community to proactively protect their own health and safety for the greater good of all. Please use the following tips to protect yourselves during this difficult time.
Visit reputable websites for credible updates on this rapidly evolving situation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pima County Health Department, and the Arizona Department of Health Services all offer the latest updates on their websites.
Practice Social Distancing
Avoid all gatherings for the time being. These include parties, playdates, church services, and other social events. Stay in your home as much as possible, only going out for essentials. Keep at least six feet of distance between yourself and all others who are not members of your household. Remember, this virus is airborne and can travel up to six feet through the air.
Wash Your Hands
Immediately upon returning home—as well as frequently throughout the day—scrub your hands thoroughly with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to scrub your fingertips and between your fingers.
Avoid Face Contact
Try not to touch your face, as the virus can enter your body through your nose, mouth, or eyes.
Frequently sanitize high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs and light switches.
Once life returns to normal, we look forward to seeing you visit your loved ones at Arizona Homestead! If you have any questions or concerns, our staff is always available at (520) 401-3104.