Assisted Living at the Meadowlands Resumes Social Engagement Programs in a Safe Manner During the COVID-19 Outbreak
O’Fallon, MO – As the state of Missouri is relaxing its restrictions, Assisted Living at The Meadowlands (The Meadowlands) is resuming its social engagement programs in a safe manner during the COVID-19 outbreak. The staff at The Meadowlands provides exceptional care to their residents by not only implementing strict infection control measures, but also offering social engagement programs and activities. At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, The Meadowlands devised plans to make sure that their residents, staff members, and resident families were both safe and active.
In order to keep its residents and staff members safe, The Meadowlands implements stringent infection control procedures to screen all staff and residents daily for symptoms of COVID-19 infections, as guided by the CDC, local, and state health departments. The Meadowlands has access to the proper personal protective equipment through its operator, Meridian Senior Living, such as N95 masks, gloves, sanitizing wipes, gowns, and hand sanitizers. Other precautions the community continues to take include prohibiting non-essential visitors in-house, requiring staff to wear masks at all times, increased disinfecting measures, and practicing social distancing during meals in the dining room and small group activities.
“Achieving COVID-19 free status is the result of strong communication among The Meadowlands team,” says Regional Director of Operations Shannon Paden. “Their incredible staff members work dilligently, and take pride in delivering exceptional care, attention to detail, and incomparable customer service to their residents and families.”
By applying strict Infection Control Protocols and adhering to guidance from local and state health authorities, The Meadowlands has made the safest setting achievable that supports their resident’s medical, mental, physical, nutritional, and psychosocial needs. Their dedicated staff are trained to assist in daily support functions such as bathing, dressing, medication management and especially the ability to immediately respond to crisis situations. Residents are served meals and snacks made to address their needs and are kept hydrated; both factors play an important role in building immunity.
Offering activities that encourage social engagement among seniors are not only enjoyable, but also foster health benefits. According to studies directed by The National Institute on Aging, there is a correlation between social interaction and the health and overall well-being among seniors. Furthermore, these emotional bonds can lead to healthier lifestyles including being active, eating healthy foods, and discontinuing poor health habits such as smoking.
As the Missouri State Department of Health and Senior Services announced the relaxing of its restrictions for long-term care facilities, The Meadowlands implemented programs including outdoor visits, communal dining, and small group activities. This directive allows The Meadowlands more freedom to provide a fun and interactive environment that encourages residents to stay active and connect to family and friends, which are essential to their well-being. The Meadowlands offers Table Talks which is a visitation program that allows resident families to schedule visits with residents to take place in special outdoor areas designated at the community. During these visits, resident and visitors wear masks, ensure proper hand hygiene, and practice appropriate social distances. Residents can engage with others with communal dining that is conducted with effective hand hygiene, wearing of masks when not eating, and special seating arrangements to ensure proper social distancing. The community works meticulously and creatively to ensure that their residents are engaged every day. The staff delivers tailored activities to the residents’ apartments such as Word Finds, Crossword Puzzles, At Therapy Books, Jigsaw Puzzles, and Exercise Equipment. Additionally, the Life Enrichment Director leads small group activities with proper social distancing such as indoor movies on a large screen, Bingo, “Flexercise”, Card Club, Poker Club, Trivia Challenges, Spiritual Enlightenment, Dog Racing Club, Photoshop Class, and Cocktail Hour. All of these group activities are conducted while ensuring proper social distancing, hand hygiene and the wearing of masks.
Located at 135 Meadowland Estates Lane in O’Fallon, MO, The Meadowlands is open and admitting new residents for move-ins. In these times of isolation, it has been particularly difficult for older adults who may not have options to go out to obtain necessary items or socialize as society reopens. The community offers active living: daily engaging and social activities, restaurant style meals, and the highest quality of care. To learn more about The Meadowlands, visit their website: assistedlivingatthemeadowlands.com or call (636) 978-3600.
About Meridian Senior Living:
Meridian Senior Living, a privately held company based in Bethesda, Maryland, owns and operates seniors housing communities across the country and provides operational consulting to 24 communities in China. With more than 75 communities in 21 states and more in development, Meridian is one of the largest seniors housing operators in the U.S. The company prides itself on providing the highest quality care, exceptional lifestyle programming and a distinctive dining experience for its residents. For more information on Meridian Senior Living, visit meridiansenior.com.
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