What is the “New Normal” in Senior Living Communities?

Community Happenings  |  September 1, 2021

Senior Living and the Vaccine

As contagious COVID variants continue to be a part of our lives across the United States, you might wonder what’s the “new normal” in retirement living?

Much like those of us who live in the broader community, retirement living residents ask, “Will I feel safe traveling? Will I want to dine out or socialize with friends? What about holiday visits from family?”

However, residents at CLC/Cappella communities owned by Christian Living Communities (CLC) have an added sense of security, knowing the safety measures in place and the organization’s value of resident purpose and freedom.  Residents continue to enjoy fitness classes, enriching programs, outings to local attractions, museums, and shopping, all with the culinary experiences that have become a cornerstone of connection during this challenging season.

Team members & visitors are asked to wear a mask at all times and follow stringent cleaning processes. Ongoing contact tracing protocols are in place. All who enter the Community are screened. We follow State and Federal guidelines for testing and outbreak response. Residential living residents and staff are encouraged to follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines for travel, group gatherings, and isolating if exposed.  In more supportive levels of living, residents wear masks according to level of care guidance for the locality and state.

Residents can ride their bikes around campus, walk the halls to pick up a take-out meal, or dine with friends or family with the confidence that they are living in a largely vaccinated neighborhood. While this doesn’t guarantee immunity to COVID-19, studies show the higher resident and team member vaccination rates, the lower the resident COVID-19 infection rate.  And for communities where team members were 100% vaccinated, resident COVID-19 deaths were nearly eliminated.

Thus, CLC/Cappella has committed to fully-vaccinated teams serving residents. While a small number of team members may qualify for religious or medical exemptions to the vaccine, across Cappella/CLC, 92% of residents and more than 72% of team members were already completely vaccinated by this posting.

In addition, our experienced teams are coordinating vaccine booster clinics.

We continue to rely on our 50 + years of senior care expertise and partnership with local and national health experts to support and empowering lifestyle and peace of mind for residents and their families.


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