Published: Friday, March 13, 2020
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Now that there is officially a case of COVID-19 confirmed in Alaska facilities that take care of the elderly are rolling out plans to keep their residents safe.
The CDC has warned that senior citizens with pre-existing respiratory issues are the most at-risk people to the virus.
Assisted living homes have their own guidelines and protocols for addressing disease threats like this one. At Aspen Creek in Midtown, staff said they are trying to stay ahead of coronavirus as much as possible.
Administrator Executive Director, Beth Rhoden said they feel confident with their plan.
She said the staff has placed hand-sanitizer in convenient locations throughout the community in addition to those at the front of all the hallways. They’ve also been working to inform the residents of the importance of washing their hands thoroughly.
Rhoden said they implemented new quarantine training earlier this week as well.
She said residents were asked to stay in their rooms while staff dawned on protective clothing to deliver their meals quickly with as little contact as possible.
“We did a pretty good job. We delivered breakfast to 52 residents in just under 45 minutes,” she said.
According to the Clinical Director at Aspen Creek, Adrienne Bradley, their facilities are set up to prevent the spread of viruses well. She noted the large, open common areas they have and their well-ventilated areas.