The Beauty of Spring for our residence (Being outside, gardening, crafts, and snacks)

Spring is here, and it’s one of the most beautiful times of the year. Everything is blooming after a cold winter, and with warmer weather, it’s great to enjoy some time outdoors. Winter is a hard season for a lot of people. Spring is such a nice breath of fresh air, and there’s lots of ways to enjoy it.

Spending time outdoors has been known to have incredible benefits for your body and mind. Not only is getting enough Vitamin D important, but being outside reduces stress, which helps lower blood pressure, improves your mood, and can even help improve focus, all of which become increasingly important as we get older. Spending time outside can also help people with seasonal affective disorder – which tends to be more present in the winter months – and also boosts your immune system. We could all use a little more of that right now!
Not only is the great outdoors good for your mind, it’s good for your physical health, as well. When we’re inside for long periods of time, it’s easy to get stuck doing lots of activities that involve sitting or laying down. Being outside gives you a lot more space and ways to move your body. Things like gardening or walking help get your heart rate moving a little more. On warmer days, when it’s too hot to do lots of movement, things like picnics, bird watching, or something creative like painting or photography are wonderful ways to enjoy the outdoors.

When winter winds down, it can be hard to snap out of the mode we get in when it’s cold. But once you get a nice whiff of that fresh spring air, it gets a little bit easier to want to spend more time with nature. Taking care of your body and mind as you get older is so important. Thankfully, Mother Nature has our backs and is always there to give us something beautiful to spend time with. We love springtime at Vibrant Life Senior Living!

The Importance of Socialization and When It’s Time to Seek Care

assisted living

What’s your favorite way to keep your mind healthy and sharp? Maybe you like reading, or crossword puzzles, or maybe you enjoy a boost with exercise. As we age, it becomes more and more important to keep our minds and bodies working the best we can. Obviously, sometimes our bodies suffer in ways we cannot avoid, and aging is inevitable, but there is a lot to be done to keep yourself in shape as you get older.

One incredibly important way to keep your mind healthy and engaged is to ensure you or your loved one is getting enough socialization. If there’s anything we’ve learned in the past year, it’s how important moments are with people we love, and how human connection is such a vital part of being alive. This doesn’t change as you get older! Friends might change and people may come and go but those interactions become more and more important.

Studies have shown that support from a social group plays a significant role in health overall as people get older. Whether this means spending time with friends and family or having a weekly group to be involved in, there’s lots of proof that this can boost the quality of life, physically and mentally. Friends provide a strong foundation of compassion and happiness for people as they age, and social support can help reduce stress and reduce the risk of some psychical health concerns.

Sometimes connection and social interaction are not enough, and if you’re noticing a decline in your loved one’s physical or mental health, it might be time to seek some extra care. Assisted living facilities offer a wide range of activities and care that sometimes a family member or friend cannot provide. Vibrant Life Senior Living offers things like art classes, musical events, walking club, bingo, and baking to keep your loved ones interacting, and also enjoying their time.

Knowing how to care for someone is not a one-size-fits-all, and different people require different care, but everyone can benefit from having someone around them to love and to listen. Getting older is part of life and the complexities that come with that can be difficult, but we work hard to make sure it can be the best it can be.

The Importance of Socialization for Senior Citizens and When to Know it’s Time for Assisted Living

Senior Woman Winning Game Of Bingo In Retirement Home

As people get older, it’s important that the mind stays active, and being social is a great way to do that. In the past year, it has become even more evident just how important the people and interactions we have in our lives are. Being alone or inactive can be extremely taxing on the mind and body, and it’s important to do whatever you can to keep yourself present and active. There are lots of ways to do this, for some it might be enjoying a book, calling a friend, taking a walk, or going to a party. As people get older these things become even more vital to your mental and physical health.

The inherent need for friendship, love, and connection is not something that diminishes as we get older. Consistent social interaction, whether it be a visit from a friend, or maybe a weekly group, can be extremely beneficial for emotional, physical, and mental health in elderly people. There are a number of reasons why social interactions help, some of which include: longer lifespan, reduced risk of depression and anxiety, better self-esteem, reduced stress, and better physical health.

As we get older, there tends to be an increase in obstacles leaving to more isolation in seniors with things like physical ailments, loss of loved ones, mobility problems, isolation, and cognitive decline. This can make it progressively more difficult to find ways to interact. If your loved one is growing more and more difficult to care for on your own, it might be time to consider assisted living.

Assisted living has many benefits. Aside from your loved one receiving round-the-clock care and peace of mind for you, it can reduce stress in many ways. Vibrant Life Senior living offers lots of activities to encourage a colorful and fun social life such as baking, crafts, bingo, walking, and art classes as well as safety and peace of mind that they are receiving all the necessary care they require.

Socialization, as we age, is important. Figuring out how to implement this into the life of your elderly loved one could be the most important thing you do for them. Maybe finding them a group that meets weekly to play games, read books, or take walks would be the perfect fix for loneliness. If the time comes that extra care is needed, we know finding and choosing assisted living is a big decision, but we want to make it an easy one. Everyone deserves to live a happy life, age shouldn’t make a difference!

Losing Someone to Covid-19 Who is in Assisted Living

We aren’t going to sugar coat this. Losing a loved one, no matter the circumstances, is really hard. Losing someone to Covid-19 who is in assisted living has additional challenges that are important to acknowledge.

If you are struggling with how to find closure or would like help navigating the new visitation and funeral rules due to Covid-19, please check out our list of resources later in this article.

Losing Someone to Covid-19. Older woman with hand to her face looking sad.

Getting Closure from Losing Someone to Covid-19

For many families, closure has been a lot harder. Especially if family members live far away and are unable to be part of the dying process.  Visitations have been extremely limited and in some cases not allowed. Funeral arrangements have their own set of challenges with limited number of attendees and social distancing precautions.

Imagine attending a funeral where only 10 people are allowed. How do you decide who can come? No one can touch each other, hug each other, or physically comfort each other in all the usually ways. It just doesn’t seem real. Imagine having to view a funeral via a video feed because you aren’t allowed to attend. Many people over the past few months have experienced this exact scenario.

Especially in the early days of the outbreak, when so much about Covid-19 was still unknown. The best course of action was to be as careful as possible, but this left many families struggling to cope with their loss in a whole new way. It was hard to wrap our heads around not being allowed into the hospital or assisted living facility as our loved one passed from this life to the next.

The Challenges of Losing Someone to Covid-19 Who is in Assisted Living

The Assisted Living and Memory Care industry is challenged with some of the most rigorous changes as our senior residents are among the population most susceptible and affected by the virus.  We’ve had to completely revamp our entire cleaning and sanitation process, wear masks and other PPE equipment all the time, and change all of our visitation rules. The list goes on and on.

Many of these changes have been very good and will continue long after the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 is just a distant memory. Our communities have never been cleaner, more testing is being done, and in general, we are just so much more aware of current and potential health problems. We now have procedures in place to reduce or eliminate exposure to current and future issues.  Our relationships with local health departments and hospitals have strengthened and we have improved and increased communication across the board.

But hands down the hardest part of all of this has been losing beloved residents and having to communicate and help facilitate the limitations and restrictions put on families through the process. Death and dying is a regular part of our business but that doesn’t make it any easier.

Ask anyone in this industry what the hardest part of the job is and they will most likely say, “losing a resident we have grown t0 love and care about.”  We are trained for it and encounter it much more than most people. Still, deaths during this pandemic have been extremely hard on everyone.

That is why we have put together this list of resources for families who have lost a loved one during the pandemic, whether is was due to Covid-19 or for some other reason. This virus has made so many things harder. We hope you can find closure and something from the following list that can you and your family.

Help and Resources for Losing Someone to Covid-19 (or during the Covid-19 pandemic)

Articles to Assist with Losing a Loved One

6 ways to help loved ones grieving deaths during the coronavirus pandemic

Dealing with Grief & Loss During COVID-19 Pandemic

Grief and COVID-19: Saying goodbye in the age of physical distancing

Coping With Losing a Family Member to COVID-19

Understanding Grief in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Losing Someone to Covid-19. Adult daughter comforting elderly mother on couch

Arranging a Funeral During Social Distancing

Funerals face changes amid COVID-19

Losing Someone to Covid-19. Man holder a folder with the words Funeral Plan on it

Contact the Nearest Vibrant Life Community (Michigan)

We have four locations through Michigan’s lower peninsula. If you would like to talk to a staff member about additional resources or to find out more information about our assisted living and memory care communities, please contact one of the following:

Vibrant Life Superior Township (Ann Arbor, Michigan Area) (734) 484-4740

Vibrant Life The Lodge of Durand (Durand, Michigan 40 minutes Northeast of Lansing) (989) 288-6561 

Vibrant Life Temperance (southeast corner of Michigan 20 minutes north of Toledo, Ohio) (734) 847-3217 

Vibrant Life New Friends Community (Kalamazoo, Michigan Area) (269) 372-6100

Assisted Living and Covid-19. Yard sign in front of building that says A super hero works here

New Visitation Rules and Guidelines for Assisted Living Communities

We are happy to announce that the most recent state mandate allows us to start having scheduled (but limited) family visits. You can learn more about that here and review our guidelines for scheduling a visit here.  If you are curious about all the changes we have made to ensure the health and safety of our staff and residents, you can read that here.

Limited Visitation. Senior man putting on a mask outside

Limited Visitation Now Allowed at Assisted Living Communities

On June 30th, 2020, the Director of Health and Human Services, Robert Gordon, gave an Emergency Order MCL 333.2253 to all long-term care communities.   Click HERE to read the order.

With this post we hope to clarify, as much as possible, when limited visitation may occur at any of our four Vibrant Life communities. 

The State is SLOWLY opening up visitation to people in long term care communities.  They are trying to be extremely careful, as we all know the people in long term care communities are the MOST vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus.  

We at Vibrant Life will be adhering to the Emergency Order.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Vibrant Life Senior Living’s priority is to help you the families, as well as the people who live at Vibrant Life, and the people who work at Vibrant Life communities,  be safe, secure, and keep living life as best as possible during these extremely difficult times.  

Summary of Emergency Order of June 30, 2020

Effective Immediately

  • The overall goal of the Emergency Order is to allow, but LIMIT visitation, as the Covid-19 virus continues to spread throughout the nation.  While Michigan numbers are down, in the last few weeks they have slowly started growing again. 
  • All Visits and visitors must be SCHEDULED in advance, and the Senior Community will have the right to set the guidelines of those visits in a reasonable manner. 
  • Vibrant Life is going to have LIMITED visitation.  In order to adhere to the Emergency Order, we must have enough staff, have the proper PPE, appropriate sanitation, and appropriately be able to continue to care for the residents as directed by our licensing.   
  • We are going to ask families to visit OUTSIDE as much as possible, weather permitting.   The more outside visits we have, the more visitors we can have.
  • Most indoor visits will be limited to those on Hospice or have conditions considered Critical or Serious by the Administrator and the Director of Resident Care Services. 
  • Outdoor visits will be scheduled for those that deem it vitally important for the well-being of the resident. 

In summary, with more detail below, there can be no more than 2 visitors at one time. Visits will be limited to 30-45 minutes. All visitors will be required to wear masks, stay 6 feet or more apart, and NOT be or have any symptoms of sickness.  All visitors will be required to fill out a questionnaire and have their temperature taken.  

The Emergency Order limits visitation to the following two situations:

(No. 5 in the Order). 

    • Those who are on Hospice Care
    • Those who are in a critical condition
    • Those who have a “serious” condition
    • Those who have had a serious “change in condition”

Previous Help with ADL’s (No. 2 in the Order).

The Order also allows visitation for those that, before March 14th, routinely would visit to assist those who needed help with ADL’s.   As Vibrant Life performs all the personal care for residents, this provision will apply to very few persons.  Therefore, visitors will be allowed under this provision on a very limited basis due to Vibrant Life’s understanding of the intent of the Emergency Order to limit visitors inside the building, and in order to protect the safety all residents, staff and families. Outside visits, weather permitting, will be suggested in most cases. 

If you fall into any of these categories, please contact us, as we start arranging limited visitation.  

There are conditions of visitation, based on the Emergency Order. We will summarize them below.  However, please read the entire order to gain a better understanding of the order and our policies in enacting the order.  

Conditions of Limited Visitation

All Family or Friends who would like a visit and fit the criteria above MUST adhere to or undergo the following: 

  1. All Visitation by appointment only. 
  2. All visitors will be required to fill out a questionnaire describing any travel, or proximity to anyone with Covid-19 or symptoms of Covid-19. 
  3. All visitors will have temperature taken and cannot be over 100 degrees F. 
  4. All visitors cannot be sick or show any signs of sickness. 
  5. All visitors must wear a mask. 
  6. All visitors must socially distance, staying at least six feet apart from EVERYONE. (excluding those who are helping a resident with ADL’s).
  7. All visitors must adhere to the facility handwashing and sanitizing protocol. 
  8. All visitors must be respectful to the staff, Administration and residents. 
  9. All visitors will visit only either outside in a designated area, in the resident’s room, or in another designated area. 
  10. All visitors must enter and exit from the designated entry and exit points. 
  11. All visitors should limit their interactions to their own relative or loved one. 
  12. All visitors should not share food with residents. 
  13. All visitors must let the facility know if they have had Covid-19 or symptoms similar to Covid-19 within the last 14 days. 
  14. Visitors will not be allowed to visit individuals who are: In a Covid-19 positive unit; are in isolation; are in Observation for Covid-19. 
  15. There will be a strict policy of NO TOUCHING OR HUGGING RESIDENTS.  (Sorry!) 

If a family member or guest violates these provisions, they will be given one warning.  If they violate them a second time, visitation rights will be terminated.  

                                             These guidelines will be strictly enforced for the safety of everyone. 

These provisions may be changed or updated depending on new Government guidelines or the facility’s ability to provide the appropriate care for individuals while allowing limited visitation. 

FRIENDLY REMINDER: We are a SMOKE FREE COMMUNITY!

Thank you in advance for your support of these visitation rights and practices.  We are doing our best to accommodate everyone – the government, our families, and of course our residents and staff. We care deeply for all of you and will get through this together. 

Your Vibrant Life Senior Living Family

Vibrant Life Senior Living Guidelines for Visiting Families and Guests

Updated and current as of July 14, 2020

Below are Vibrant Life Senior Living Guidelines for Visiting Families and Guests. These rules are based upon Emergency
Order MCL 333.2253 declared June 30, 2020 by Robert Gordon, Director of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Please click here to view the order.

These items have been determined primary from Item #4 in the Emergency Order. The letters of each item correspond with the letters of that Order.

Please note, that based on the Emergency Order described above, we, as a facility, have the right to determine visitation rules for our particular community, based upon guidelines set in the order. Our first priority is keeping residents, staff and families safe. We also understand and respect the importance of family visitation for the well-being of our residents, staff and families. Please work with us and respect our process, as we attempt to balance these two important issues. Please remember, that all visitation rights are granted by the Administrator of the senior community in conjunction with the Director of Resident Care Services. All visitation will be scheduled and be determined on an individual basis.

Conditions and Guidelines for Visitation

All Family or Friends who would like a visit MUST adhere to or undergo the following:

  1. All Visitation by appointment only.
  2. All visitors will be required to fill out a questionnaire describing any travel, or proximity to anyone with Covid-19 or symptoms of Covid-19.
  3. All visitors will have temperature taken and cannot be over 100 degrees F.
  4. All visitors cannot be sick or show any signs of sickness.
  5. All visitors must wear a mask.
  6. All visitors must socially distance, staying at least six feet apart from EVERYONE. (excluding those who are helping a resident with ADL’s).
  7. All visitors must adhere to the facility handwashing and sanitizing protocol.
  8. All visitors must be respectful to the staff, Administration and residents.
  9. All visitors will visit only either outside in a designated area, in the resident’s room, or in another designated area.
  10. All visitors must enter and exit from the designated entry and exit points.
  11. All visitors should limit their interactions to their own relative or loved one.
  12. All visitors should not share food with residents.
  13. All visitors must let the facility know if they have had Covid-19 or symptoms similar to Covid-19 within the last 14 days.
  14. Visitors will not be allowed to visit individuals who are:
    • In a Covid-19 positive unit
    • Are in isolation
    • Are in Observation for Covid-19

These provisions may be changed or updated depending on new Government guidelines or the facilities ability to provide the appropriate care for individuals while allowing limited visitation.

Thank you in advance for your support of these visitation rights and practices. We are doing our best to accommodate everyone – the government, our families, and of course our residents and staff.

We care deeply for all of you and will get through this together.

Your Vibrant Life Senior Living Family

What’s Next for Senior Care in Durand?

Senior Care in Durand, Michigan , including Assisted Living and Memory Care, has changed drastically in the last few months due to the Covid-19 outbreak. As the state starts to open back up again, what does that mean for senior care?

The senior population is one of the most vulnerable to coronavirus. Many assisted living and senior care residency locations where hit hard by the virus.

Why are Vibrant Life’s numbers of positive cases so low?

How to Keep Covid-19 Out of Senior Care in Durand

Strict guidelines, proactive testing, and community education are the three top things that will keep Covid-19 number down.

Strict Guidelines

Rules and protocol must remain very strict — even as other types of businesses like restaurants, retail stores, salons, etc. start to invite the public in again. Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, Vibrant Life has been at the forefront of executing safety measures and we plan on continuing a very cautious and proactive approach.

Please check out What We Are Doing to keep you Safe, Healthy, and Vibrant During Covid-19 for a complete list of all the changes, protocols, and safety measures we have in place.

Proactive Testing

Vibrant Life has provided more testing for our staff and residents than most. Proactive testing is still unusual in the State of Michigan but Vibrant Life is doing it.  The State mandate requires testing of all residents of nursing homes and weekly testing of nursing home staff. This is problematic because not all senior care is considered “nursing homes.” In fact, Vibrant Life is not – we are categorized as assisted living. Therefore, the mandate does not apply us. Even so, we are testing. 

We now know that people can have the virus and be asymptomatic. Unfortunately, it is during the asymptomatic period when they are most contagious. This is why testing often is important. 

Vibrant Life follows all mandatory guidelines plus non-mandatory guidelines as appropriate for each community. We believe in doing what is right and what is working, not just the bare minimum defined in a mandate. 

Our staff is tested regularly even though we aren’t technically required to. 

Senior Care Community Education and Support

Vibrant Life created an innovative coalition between our senior communities, physicians, local hospitals and local health departments to enact pre-testing, and subsequent monitoring of Covid-19 positive residents. These coalitions have prevented the spread of the virus to others throughout the community.

In addition, we created a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video,“If You Don’t Get It, You Might Spread It” to educate people on preventing the spread of the virus. This was shared with our communities and also made available for all assisted living and senior care facilities to use in order to educate their staff and residents. 

The Lodge of Durand success story

In the last few weeks we have had a great success at the Lodge of Durand (20 minutes east of Lansing).  Until mid-April there were no positive tests of staff or residents in Durand.  In fact, Shiawassee County had very few positive cases in general. However, a nursing home nearby in Durand had a severe outbreak and Vibrant Life decided to proactively test all residents and staff there.  The health department in Shiawassee County was very cooperative and pleased with our proactive testing program. 

Sure enough, four asymptomatic residents and one staff tested positive.  The staff member was taken off the schedule and successfully recuperated at home.  The residents were moved to a Covid-positive unit on the campus, separated from everyone else.  Staff was assigned to that unit only, and wore appropriate PPE equipment. Two weeks went by and the people recovered. 

Upon retesting everyone tested negative and were able to return to their bedroom suites.  The health department has told us they consider what we did at the Lodge of Durand a model for how assisted living communities should handle dealing with the Coronavirus.  As of May 26, 2020, The Lodge of Durand is Covid free. 

What’s Next?

The next steps will likely be limited outdoor meetings with loved ones. Visitors will continue to be screened and have their temperature taken before they can participate. Family members and their loved one who is a resident of Vibrant Life will be able to meet outside for a limited amount of time while practicing safe social distancings. Short walks or sitting outside will be allowed.

Dormant Positive Testing

People who have had the virus sometimes test positive for a long time – up to 60 days and beyond. This can be the case for people who were symptomatic or asymptomatic.  The professionals are beginning to think that even when someone recovers from the virus, it can lay dormant in the body. This can result in a positive test, but it may not be active in a person’s body. 

They think it may not be transferrable or contagious at that time either.  When someone tests positive, and is not in the hospital, we put them in our Covid-positive units.  They would return from the units to their suites when they test negative.  So, if they keep testing positive, that would be a problem.  We will keep conferring with our physicians and health departments as we deal with this issue on an individual basis. 

We are very happy to report that each positive resident who recovered and moved out of the Covid unit has not re-tested as positive since. 

Interested In Learning More?

Our location in Durand is accepting new residents at this time. We offer virtual tours of all of our locations. We also schedule virtual meetings to answer all of your questions and provide information on the process for moving in a new resident. Please contact us  (989)288-6561 or visit our website for more information.

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What’s Next for Senior Care in Ann Arbor?

Senior Care in Ann Arbor, Michigan, including Assisted Living and Memory Care, has changed drastically in the last few months due to the Covid-19 outbreak. As the state starts to open back up again, what does that mean for senior care?

The senior population is one of the most vulnerable to coronavirus. Many assisted living and senior care residency locations where hit hard by the virus.

Why are Vibrant Life’s numbers of positive cases so low?

How to Keep Covid-19 Out of Senior Care in Ann Arbor

Strict guidelines, proactive testing, and community education are the three top things that will keep Covid-19 number down.

Strict Guidelines

Rules and protocol must remain very strict — even as other types of businesses like restaurants, retail stores, salons, etc. start to invite the public in again. Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, Vibrant Life has been at the forefront of executing safety measures and we plan on continuing a very cautious and proactive approach.

Please check out What We Are Doing to keep you Safe, Healthy, and Vibrant During Covid-19 for a complete list of all the changes, protocols, and safety measures we have in place.

Proactive Testing

Vibrant Life has provided more testing for our staff and residents than most. Proactive testing is still unusual in the State of Michigan but Vibrant Life is doing it.  The State mandate requires testing of all residents of nursing homes and weekly testing of nursing home staff. This is problematic because not all senior care is considered “nursing homes.” In fact, Vibrant Life is not – we are categorized as assisted living. Therefore, the mandate does not apply us. Even so, we are testing. 

We now know that people can have the virus and be asymptomatic. Unfortunately, it is during the asymptomatic period when they are most contagious. This is why testing often is important. 

Vibrant Life follows all mandatory guidelines plus non-mandatory guidelines as appropriate for each community. We believe in doing what is right and what is working, not just the bare minimum defined in a mandate. 

Our staff is tested regularly even though we aren’t technically required to. 

Senior Care Community Education and Support

Vibrant Life created an innovative coalition between our senior communities, physicians, local hospitals and local health departments to enact pre-testing, and subsequent monitoring of Covid-19 positive residents. These coalitions have prevented the spread of the virus to others throughout the community.

In addition, we created a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video,“If You Don’t Get It, You Might Spread It” to educate people on preventing the spread of the virus. This was shared with our communities and also made available for all assisted living and senior care facilities to use in order to educate their staff and residents. 

What is Happening Specifically with Senior Care in Superior Township

In the last 30 days we have had no no staff test positive. Recently, we had four residents in our Covid-positive unit.  They all tested negative after two weeks and returned to their suites.  We have had two persons recently come back from the hospital who are still testing positive, and they are in the Covid-positive unit.  They both have been doing well.  This could be a case of the dormant situation explained below. 

What’s Next?

The next steps will likely be limited outdoor meetings with loved ones. Visitors will continue to be screened and have their temperature taken before they can participate. Family members and their loved one who is a resident of Vibrant Life will be able to meet outside for a limited amount of time while practicing safe social distancings. Short walks or sitting outside will be allowed.

Dormant Positive Testing

People who have had the virus sometimes test positive for a long time – up to 60 days and beyond. This can be the case for people who were symptomatic or asymptomatic.  The professionals are beginning to think that even when someone recovers from the virus, it can lay dormant in the body. This can result in a positive test, but it may not be active in a person’s body. 

They think it may not be transferrable or contagious at that time either.  When someone tests positive, and is not in the hospital, we put them in our Covid-positive units.  They would return from the units to their suites when they test negative.  So, if they keep testing positive, that would be a problem.  We will keep conferring with our physicians and health departments as we deal with this issue on an individual basis. 

We are very happy to report that each positive resident who recovered and moved out of the Covid unit has not re-tested as positive since. 

Interested In Learning More?

Our location in Superior Township near Ann Arbor is accepting new residents at this time. We offer virtual tours of all of our locations. We also schedule virtual meetings to answer all of your questions and provide information on the process for moving in a new resident. Please contact us (734) 484-4740 or visit our website for more information.

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What’s Next for Senior Care in Temperance?

Senior Care in Temperance, including Assisted Living and Memory Care, has changed drastically in the last few months due to the Covid-19 outbreak. As the state starts to open back up again, what does that mean for senior care?

The senior population is one of the most vulnerable to coronavirus. Many assisted living and senior care residency locations where hit hard by the virus.

Why are Vibrant Life’s numbers of positive cases so low?

How to Keep Covid-19 Out of Senior Care in Temperance

Strict guidelines, proactive testing, and community education are the three top things that will keep Covid-19 number down.

Strict Guidelines

Rules and protocol must remain very strict — even as other types of businesses like restaurants, retail stores, salons, etc. start to invite the public in again. Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, Vibrant Life has been at the forefront of executing safety measures and we plan on continuing a very cautious and proactive approach.

Please check out What We Are Doing to keep you Safe, Healthy, and Vibrant During Covid-19 for a complete list of all the changes, protocols, and safety measures we have in place.

Proactive Testing

Vibrant Life has provided more testing for our staff and residents than most. Proactive testing is still unusual in the State of Michigan but Vibrant Life is doing it.  The State mandate requires testing of all residents of nursing homes and weekly testing of nursing home staff. This is problematic because not all senior care is considered “nursing homes.” In fact, Vibrant Life is not – we are categorized as assisted living. Therefore, the mandate does not apply us. Even so, we are testing. 

We now know that people can have the virus and be asymptomatic. Unfortunately, it is during the asymptomatic period when they are most contagious. This is why testing often is important. 

Vibrant Life follows all mandatory guidelines plus non-mandatory guidelines as appropriate for each community. We believe in doing what is right and what is working, not just the bare minimum defined in a mandate. 

Our staff is tested regularly even though we aren’t technically required to. 

Senior Care Community Education and Support

Vibrant Life created an innovative coalition between our senior communities, physicians, local hospitals and local health departments to enact pre-testing, and subsequent monitoring of Covid-19 positive residents. These coalitions have prevented the spread of the virus to others throughout the community.

In addition, we created a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video,“If You Don’t Get It, You Might Spread It” to educate people on preventing the spread of the virus. This was shared with our communities and also made available for all assisted living and senior care facilities to use in order to educate their staff and residents. 

What’s Next?

The next steps will likely be limited outdoor meetings with loved ones. Visitors will continue to be screened and have their temperature taken before they can participate. Family members and their loved one who is a resident of Vibrant Life will be able to meet outside for a limited amount of time while practicing safe social distancings. Short walks or sitting outside will be allowed.

Senior Care in Temperance: Above and Beyond

Vibrant Life was one of the first senior communities to test all residents in all of our facilities. Temperance was our first community to have a positive tested resident in late March. We immediately tested everyone here (and in our other locations.) We separated out all the negative and positive residents.  

Temperance has not had a new positive tested resident in over five weeks. 

Dormant Positive Testing

People who have had the virus sometimes test positive for a long time – up to 60 days and beyond. This can be the case for people who were symptomatic or asymptomatic.  The professionals are beginning to think that even when someone recovers from the virus, it can lay dormant in the body. This can result in a positive test, but it may not be active in a person’s body. 

They think it may not be transferrable or contagious at that time either.  When someone tests positive, and is not in the hospital, we put them in our Covid-positive units.  They would return from the units to their suites when they test negative.  So, if they keep testing positive, that would be a problem.  We will keep conferring with our physicians and health departments as we deal with this issue on an individual basis. 

We are very happy to report that each positive resident who recovered and moved out of the Covid unit has not re-tested as positive since. 

Interested In Learning More?

Our location in Temperance is accepting new residents at this time. We offer virtual tours of all of our locations. We also schedule virtual meetings to answer all of your questions and provide information on the process for moving in a new resident. Please contact us 734-487-3217 or visit our website for more information.

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What’s Next for Senior Care in Kalamazoo?

Senior Care in Kalamazoo, Michigan, including Assisted Living and Memory Care, has changed drastically in the last few months due to the Covid-19 outbreak. As the state starts to open back up again, what does that mean for senior care?

The senior population is one of the most vulnerable to coronavirus. Many assisted living and senior care residency locations where hit hard by the virus.

Why are Vibrant Life’s numbers of positive cases so low?

How to Keep Covid-19 Out of Senior Care in Kalamazoo

Strict guidelines, proactive testing, and community education are the three top things that will keep Covid-19 number down.

Strict Guidelines

Rules and protocol must remain very strict — even as other types of businesses like restaurants, retail stores, salons, etc. start to invite the public in again. Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, Vibrant Life has been at the forefront of executing safety measures and we plan on continuing a very cautious and proactive approach.

Please check out What We Are Doing to keep you Safe, Healthy, and Vibrant During Covid-19 for a complete list of all the changes, protocols, and safety measures we have in place.

Proactive Testing

Vibrant Life has provided more testing for our staff and residents than most. Proactive testing is still unusual in the State of Michigan but Vibrant Life is doing it.  The State mandate requires testing of all residents of nursing homes and weekly testing of nursing home staff. This is problematic because not all senior care is considered “nursing homes.” In fact, Vibrant Life is not – we are categorized as assisted living. Therefore, the mandate does not apply us. Even so, we are testing. 

We now know that people can have the virus and be asymptomatic. Unfortunately, it is during the asymptomatic period when they are most contagious. This is why testing often is important. 

Vibrant Life follows all mandatory guidelines plus non-mandatory guidelines as appropriate for each community. We believe in doing what is right and what is working, not just the bare minimum defined in a mandate. 

Our staff is tested regularly even though we aren’t technically required to. 

Senior Care Community Education and Support

Vibrant Life created an innovative coalition between our senior communities, physicians, local hospitals and local health departments to enact pre-testing, and subsequent monitoring of Covid-19 positive residents. These coalitions have prevented the spread of the virus to others throughout the community.

In addition, we created a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video,“If You Don’t Get It, You Might Spread It” to educate people on preventing the spread of the virus. This was shared with our communities and also made available for all assisted living and senior care facilities to use in order to educate their staff and residents. 

What is Happening Specifically with Senior Care in Kalamazoo

Our New Friends Memory Care and senior care location in Kalamazoo, fortunately has had no positive tests of any resident or staff.  We proactively tested everyone a few weeks ago and have had no positive tests.  Congratulations to all the staff at New Friends for socially distancing, having great infection control, and not bringing in the virus from the community. This is no small feat and a huge success. 

We are also excited to announce that our very own Laurel Space is participating in the Alzheimer’s Association‘s ECHO program, which aims to enhance the long-term care community’s ability to respond to emergencies, such as COVID-19.

There are only FIVE communities in Michigan who were accepted to this program and Vibrant Life is one of them. The ECHO program uses video conferencing technology to connect dementia care experts with leaders from assisted living communities.

The five-week program explores topics within the Alzheimer’s Association Emergency Preparedness: Caring for persons living with dementia in a long-term or community-based care setting.

The series will focus on emergency preparedness to equip communities for COVID-19 and other emergencies. Participating communities develop case presentations about challenges to receive real-time feedback from peers and experts.

What’s Next?

The next steps will likely be limited outdoor meetings with loved ones. Visitors will continue to be screened and have their temperature taken before they can participate. Family members and their loved one who is a resident of Vibrant Life will be able to meet outside for a limited amount of time while practicing safe social distancings. Short walks or sitting outside will be allowed.

Dormant Positive Testing

People who have had the virus sometimes test positive for a long time – up to 60 days and beyond. This can be the case for people who were symptomatic or asymptomatic.  The professionals are beginning to think that even when someone recovers from the virus, it can lay dormant in the body. This can result in a positive test, but it may not be active in a person’s body. 

They think it may not be transferrable or contagious at that time either.  When someone tests positive, and is not in the hospital, we put them in our Covid-positive units.  They would return from the units to their suites when they test negative.  So, if they keep testing positive, that would be a problem.  We will keep conferring with our physicians and health departments as we deal with this issue on an individual basis. 

We are very happy to report that each positive resident who recovered and moved out of the Covid unit has not re-tested as positive since. 

Interested In Learning More?

Our location in Kalamazoo is accepting new residents at this time. We offer virtual tours of all of our locations. We also schedule virtual meetings to answer all of your questions and provide information on the process for moving in a new resident. Please contact us (269) 372-6100 or visit our website for more information.

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