Vaccine + Antibody Therapy = Beat COVID-19
While COVID-19 vaccination is well underway at the Chelsea Senior Living communities, residents and staff can also receive the monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy for treatment of the infection.
Chelsea is one of the only senior living communities to offer this. Through a partnership with CCS Healthcare, their medical team can make the treatment available on-site without hospitalization.
Research has shown the treatment as being effective in strengthening the immune system and slowing the progression of the virus.
The medical team at CCS Healthcare clinically monitors the administration of the mAb therapy, developed by Eli Lilly and Company, and observes the resident throughout the entire process.
As the medical team at CCS continues to aid our communities in the fight against the COVID-19 infection, Walgreens and CVS have been administering second doses of the vaccine throughout our communities. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are given in two doses, three weeks and four weeks apart, respectively.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends COVID-19 vaccination be deferred for at least 90 days after treatment with mAb therapy as it provides a level of immunity.
Vaccination in our communities is voluntary, but strongly recommended.
Chelsea Senior Living infectious disease consultant Dr. Ronald Nahass tells us in the video below about the importance of the COVID-19 vaccination:
For more information about mAb therapy, please see this fact sheet provided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Learn more
Now Is a Good Time to Move Into Assisted Living
Many older Americans and their families have been wondering about the right time to consider Assisted Living, given their concerns about COVID-19. We believe that time is now.
We have seen the worst of the pandemic and worked very hard to make the Assisted Living experience safe. We are now at the point where we have rigorous safety protocols in place to ensure those entering our buildings are disease-free, and those who live and work in them are frequently tested and monitored.
COME TO OUR COMMUNITIES WITH CONFIDENCE
Whether it’s an exploratory visit or a move-in, we have safety protocols in place to protect you, our residents and our staff from exposure to COVID-19. We are currently allowing limited visits by appointment with social distancing and masks and have had a number of successful move-ins over the summer.
A NEW LIFE AWAITS
Our new residents are now enjoying life without having to cook, clean, do laundry or worry about having someone around to help them when they need it. Imagine an entire staff whose sole mission in life is to make sure you are safe, comfortable and happy in your new home. Our mission is to provide an environment that embodies the principles of Caring, Competence, Commitment and Constancy.
All of our employees are required to wear personal protective equipment (masks, gloves and gowns where appropriate), have their temperatures taken when they arrive for work and are tested once a week. Our residents wear masks when they leave their apartments for safely-distanced, small group meals or activities and are tested if they are symptomatic. Cleaning and sanitizing goes on continuously. We have recently contracted with a renowned infectious disease consultant who reviews all our procedures and is available for questions and updates. Beyond COVID precautions, all of our residents receive personalized Wellness assessments and have access to our nursing staff and third-party practitioners who come to our communities regularly. Our commitment to the health and well-being of our residents began long before the Coronavirus appeared. Our COVID-19 policy is here for your perusal. Our Exposure and Outbreak Response Plan is here.
We are providing delicious and nutritious meals with full safety protocols in all of our restaurant-style dining rooms. These protocols include dining in small groups with residents sitting six-feet apart, diligent cleaning and sanitizing of tables, chairs, dishes and serving vessels and careful wrapping of utensils. Residents may also elect to receive meals in their apartments.
OUR SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Because the health and safety of Chelsea residents and staff are paramount, we will continue a pro-active and strident approach to infection control and prevention to ensure protocols are appropriately responsive to what has been and will most likely continue to be a fluid landscape.
- Early identification of infection through ongoing interval COVID-19 testing
- Scheduled contact-free outdoor visiting; limited indoor visitation established in early September
- Infection Control protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection (designated and dedicated outdoor visiting areas; hand hygiene, face masks; social distancing; decontamination procedure prior to and post-visit)
- Visitor screening and informed consents prior to the visit
- Visitor education prior to the visit
YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR FRIENDS
Your new home isn’t just an apartment and three meals a day. It is a vibrant, new community with the potential of new friends and experiences. Our safety protocols allow us to celebrate birthdays, have small-group events, socially distanced activities and one-on-one activities in each apartment. We bring our residents outdoors to get fresh air and sunshine whenever possible.
STAYING IN TOUCH
We closely follow guidance from the CDC and the New Jersey and New York Departments of Health. We respond quickly to new requirements and communicate them immediately to our residents, families and staff. We are well aware that the pandemic will be with us well into 2021, so our robust safety and communications protocols will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.
When it’s all said and done, you can be confident that Chelsea Senior Living is the best place for you or your loved one.
We know how to do this.