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“The health and wellbeing of our residents and associates are always our top priorities. It starts with our infection control and prevention protocols based on CDC guidelines which are then fine-tuned based on state and local requirements. With that as our foundation, we add on hiring, training, and retaining great associates, which includes facilitating their ongoing training around not only infection control and safety but also preserving dignity and enhancing quality of life. We have internal and external experts that manage and monitor implementation of our programs. The outcome? Quality of life for the residents we’re privileged to serve.”
Eclipse Senior Living has a comprehensive proactive, reactive and surveillance-based approach to testing at our senior living communities. We ensure all new associates hired and residents moving into the communities are tested for COVID-19. If COVID-19 is identified in the community, we will test associates and residents as part of our isolation and quarantine efforts. And, in hotspots areas, we test a sample of residents and associates, as informed by CDC guidelines.
For states with mandated testing policies, communities will continue to follow the testing as prescribed by the state. Eclipse’s testing will continue to be provided by Genetworx. In areas where local health departments have established specific testing requirements, we adhere to those guidelines. What’s more, we work with a well respected national lab and have also received test kits from the federal and state governments to use when testing is necessary.
When testing is necessary, we consult with the resident’s primary care physician and with state and local governments as needed. New residents are required to be tested upon moving into our community, and if necessary additional steps may be taken to ensure a safe and comfortable transition for new residents.
If a community is notified of a positive test result, we have well documented protocols to follow which include:
Our goal is to control the spread of infection, reduce risk to the community and monitor for changes. Depending on the state, other precautions may be added. After a brief period of time with no additional positive test activity, the community will cautiously reduce heightened restrictions put in place.
Lastly, all of these initiatives are aligned with our general Quality Care program designed to assess, personalize, and implement a supportive care program for each resident living in assisted living and memory care. Recently, we’ve implemented a new review component that is a regular multidisciplinary, structured conversation among the community team based on research that focuses in on continuous fine tuning of personalized care and care outcomes.