Belonging to a caring community is more important now than ever. Although the COVID-19 pandemic brought difficultly and distance, we adapted, grew stronger and discovered new ways to connect - together.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers Atria residents a top priority and has recommended that each individual state include residents among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The first vaccines were administered starting on December 21 and clinics will continue through April. In addition, Atria now requires that all employees receive both rounds of vaccinations by May 1st. This is a critical milestone in the "Sleeve Up Atria" initiative, which is designed to vaccinate more than 20,000 residents and almost 12,000 employees across 26 U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces over the next several weeks.
With support from Mayo Clinic Laboratories, we have administered nearly 150,000 COVID-19 tests to employees, residents and third parties working in Atria communities. We continue to perform 4,000 to 5,000 tests a week, with a turnaround time of three to four days for results - faster than the national average.
When most of the country was experiencing PPE shortages, we worked with suppliers and chartered planes to ensure our communities had the supplies needed to follow safety protocols. We formed key partnerships to make our own gowns, hand sanitizer and hand soap to help keep supplies stocked.
To better protect residents from risks associated with hospital visits, we have outfitted our communities with equipment and technology - including smart TVs, BP monitors and pulse oximeters – for telehealth providers and local physicians to treat residents virtually.
During times of quarantine, residents enjoy fitness and learning opportunities, themed culinary experiences, guided meditation, indoor gardening and creative art projects.
Gathering with friends over a chef-prepared meal is one of life's simple pleasures. At select communities, small group dining options help residents enjoy both the food and the company of neighbors.
With face masks and proper social distancing, residents may stay active with walks, gardening and other outdoor pursuits. During times of quarantine, they can join walking programs accompanied by staff.
Residents stay active with daily fitness challenges, small group exercise classes in select communities and – during times of quarantine – doorway classes led from hallways and other common spaces.
Depending on state or local guidelines, family and friends can enjoy drive-up visits, gathering in designated outdoor spaces or visits inside resident apartments, all with proper PPE and social distancing.
Communities are equipped with tablets, mobile TV carts and conference lines to help residents connect with family and friends.
By logging in to the Atria Mobile app, families can easily see their family member's daily temperature readings and COVID-19 symptom check updates.
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