Hopeful for a Brighter Year Ahead
As 2020 has drawn to a close, the year has indeed been one we will never forget. While we have all endured personal and professional challenges, there are many reasons to be hopeful and optimistic of better times ahead. Certainly, one of the blessings in our fight against COVID-19 is the approval and distribution of a vaccine. Click here for our latest COVID-19 vaccine update. Though we must all continue doing our part to slow the spread, this wonderful news gives us hope that the end of this pandemic is within reach.
In such a tumultuous and emotional year, we admire both our residents and employees for adjusting personally and professionally, and responding with great grace, patience, determination and proficiency. We believe that living in an Acts community is one of the safest and most rewarding lifestyles an older adult can choose – this is true in any climate, but especially during these uncertain times. Part of Acts Life Care® is providing our residents countless opportunities for well-being – including body, mind and spirit. As our nation continues to respond to the global pandemic, know that Acts communities remain a safe haven for our residents and provide their family members the peace of mind they need at this time.
Grateful to Live at Acts: Residents Reflect on 2020
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Acts Retirement-Life Communities continues following the deployment of both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Based on the science and recommendations of the medical community, we believe the vaccines to be safe and effective. We are administering vaccinations to residents and employees through a partnership with CVS pharmacy and consistent with federal, state and local health guidelines and directives.
We are encouraging all residents and staff to take the vaccine when available, unless medically contraindicated. It has been stated that it is necessary for approximately 70% of all Americans to accept the vaccine before “herd immunity” is achieved. We are striving to meet those same thresholds within the Acts communities.
The first vaccines have been received and administered for staff and WillowBrooke Court (skilled care) residents at all Acts communities. Many are now receiving their second rounds of immunization during our second rounds of clinics.
Vaccination clinics for our OakBridge Terrace (assisted living) and independent living residents are all scheduled and confirmed. In most communities, these categories of residents will receive (or already have received) their first round of vaccinations during clinical dates. Acts has the goal of having all residents completely vaccinated with both doses before the end of March, dependent on federal and state vaccination distribution protocols and priorities.
Across our country, there is a need and desire to increase the speed in which vaccinations are completed. In response, some states are beginning to supplement the CVS and Walgreens programs in providing alternative options for vaccination. If an alternative option is presented to us that provides clinic dates sooner than originally provided by CVS, Acts will take advantage of these opportunities.
With limited supply of vaccines, we are blessed to have priority access to the COVID-19 vaccines, and are encouraging all residents and staff to take the opportunity to get vaccinated.
Enduring the Fight Against COVID-19
These are some of the most trying times we've ever faced as a nation, but Loving-Kindness and our Mission to serve our residents remains stronger than ever.
Our communities continue to implement all recommended safety protocols including resident health monitoring, employee screenings and temperature checks before each shift, appropriate use of personal protective equipment, and proper social distancing practices to limit personal contact. As mentioned in our COVID-19 Update section, we'll continue to administer Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines across our communities as quickly as possible.
Testing Continues Across All Campuses
We continue to actively monitor residents and community staff for any signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Please be assured that our communities continue to implement all recommended safety protocols including resident health monitoring, employee screenings and temperature checks before each shift, appropriate use of personal protective equipment, and proper social distancing practices to limit personal contact.
Since the onset of the pandemic, we have strongly advocated for broad testing capabilities for our residents and staff. We have extensive testing capabilities and protocols are in place that provide for routine testing of residents and employees, enabling the identification of individuals that are positive for COVID-19, but have no symptoms at all.
Re-opening Healthcare Centers to Visitors
We have all seen news regarding state and federal guidelines for reopening assisted living residences and skilled nursing facilities for in-person visitation. Acts has been following announcements from the various state Departments of Health (DOH) agencies, other state officials and the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services closely and planning accordingly. While the announcements may seem to suggest that visitors are able to immediately come onto campus, the compliance guidelines are stringent. We are working through the various state and federal requirements rapidly as we too look forward to welcoming family members into OakBridge Terrace Assisted Living and WillowBrooke Court Skilled Care. We will continue to implement all appropriate screening and testing protocols to assure the safety and well-being of our residents, staff and visitors. We encourage everyone to follow all preventative guidelines including wearing masks, practicing social distancing and using proper hand hygiene to best protect ourselves and those around us. As we are able to welcome visitors inside OakBridge Terrace and WillowBrooke Court, we are mindful that any positive cases of COVID-19 amongst residents, staff or visitors will, according to states' DOH regulations, require us to reinstitute visitation restrictions that may exceed 14 days. This will not be optional and is not at the discretion of Acts or an individual campus. We are, however, confident in the entire Acts family in our ability to follow protocols and maintain a safe visitation environment. Please contact the campus Administrator for the latest visitation status and requirements with a specific Acts campus health center.
Why Move to an Acts Community Now?
With all of the uncertainties Americans are facing because of COVID-19 – from health and safety concerns, to financial worries, or uncertainty of the effects on the economy and the housing market – moving to an Acts community provides you many certainties in these uncertain times, including life care coverage.
Our communities continue to provide an engaged lifestyle and peace of mind when it comes to protecting your current health and well-being, any future health care you may need, and your nest egg.
Your future well-being will be secured through Acts Life Care, but also through all of the actions Acts is taking to mitigate risks to our residents. As the days grow darker and colder this fall, wouldn't it feel good to know that you will have access to not just the necessities, but to a community of friends who will provide social opportunities and support whatever the times bring. Acts has approached our response to COVID proactively and has rapid testing in place, along with enhanced programming, disinfection techniques, and a strong track record of successful infection control. Plus, Acts communities have medical staff on site to continually assess your status.
Move NOW, while the market is still strong and interest rates are low. The real estate market continues to be strong for our prospects who are selling their homes. Moving now eliminates the worry over a decline in the market and concerns about selling your home in a challenging climate. Once you move in your financial worries will vanish.
Concerns About an Uncertain Future
Here's some further reading as you consider your retirement options in this time of uncertainty:
Addressing Common Concerns
With the uncertainty about pandemic predictions, mixed messages in the media about public safety and concerns about the availability of testing, it may feel like it makes sense to stay in your own home and forestall any planning for the future. The question then becomes, is your home truly the safest place to be? Read on as we address these topics and more.
Selling your home and beginning a new retirement lifestyle in the current climate feels risky.
Local real estate experts are reporting incredibly high demand for homes, and borrowers are taking advantage of the low current interest rates. The market signals are strong that it actually makes sense to take advantage of selling at this time, before another recession makes home selling a real challenge.
A trip to the doctor’s office - or the emergency room - feels incredibly unsafe, with infection rates on the rise. But when a medical issue needs attention, you have to go.
Our residents appreciate the convenience (and safety!) of a supportive medical team right outside their door, with access to any level of on-site care they may need if their health needs change.
It can feel unsafe going to the grocery or pharmacy stores or ordering in dinner when you have no way of knowing if the clerk or the meal delivery driver has been tested.
We are consistently testing staff and residents with no-cost Rapid Results testing, in addition to rigorous sanitation protocols, to ensure our convenient groceryshopping, dining and prescription delivery services can set residents’ minds at ease.
Lysol recently released two home disinfectant sprays that kill coronavirus, but it’s still hard to find well-stocked cleaning supply aisles in the store.
The safety of our residents is a top priority at Acts every day. We continue to implement safety protocols, including:
- Social Distancing Activities
- Meal Delivery
- Regular Handwashing Practices
- Ongoing Sterilization of Common Areas
- Transmission Prevention Measures
Another shelter-in-place order would mean more time isolated from family and friends, and without the distraction of gardening and enjoying time outdoors as the weather gets colder.
Those that have already moved here are enjoying games of cornhole and competing at Dominos, making sure to keep up on their social commitments – with social distancing. Residents are spending time together safely and have a robust list of activity options!
FAQs During Covid-19
Whether you’re one of our beloved residents, a friend or loved one of a resident, or a prospective resident considering calling one of our campuses home, we know you have questions. Click below to read our frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers to those questions. Should you have additional questions, please contact our COVID-19 Information Line at 1-866-293-6396. For any questions or updates about one of our residents please do not hesitate to contact the community’s Executive Director or Administrator.
For any questions about becoming an Acts resident, please contact the community’s Life Care Consultant.
Video Gallery and Featured Stories
Throughout these tumultuous times, we've also experienced many examples of what we refer to as "Loving-Kindness" in our communities. Some of those examples have been captured in photos, video and articles. Take a look at some of those below.
As We Look Ahead
We will always prioritize the health and well-being of our residents and employees. Should any of our protocols and guidelines change as we receive recommendations and mandates from local, state or federal officials, we are committed to keeping our residents, employees, family members and prospective residents informed every step of the way.
We remain thankful for the strength, perseverance and support that we are observing every day from our residents and staff throughout the Acts family.