March 26, 2020
At Oakmont, the care and well-being of our residents and team members remain our number one priority. During this time, we know how valuable it is to stay connected with loved ones. As our communities continue take precautionary measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we have some ideas about how you can stay in touch or engage with your loved ones and neighbors. We encourage you to take advantage of some of the new activities our residents are enjoying.
Use technology to stay in touch, including popular social media networks:
- Kast – to watch movies together from a distance
- Instagram – to keep up with kids & grandkids
- Skype, Zoom, or Facebook Messenger – video conferencing and messaging
- Facebook – photo sharing and messaging
- Goodreads – to share book recommendations
- Games like Words with Friends that you can play as a family
- Whatsapp – for messaging
- Use apps like Without – made for keeping in contact with long distance loved ones
- Take an online class together
- Call the community and schedule a Facetime call – our team can help facilitate
Non-digital ways to stay in touch:
- Write a letter – great handwriting practice for school-aged kids too!
- Make an email or letter pen pal story writing exercise! Each person writes one paragraph at a time, and you have to improvise and build on the previous person’s paragraph
- Send flowers, cookies, etc!
- Now’s a great time to make a photobook and send it. Shutterfly has easy apps online.
- Ask your loved one to write down all of the great family recipes, and you can turn them into a recipe book
- Kids home from school? Have them create art and crafts you can send to loved ones
- Read a book together and talk about it – make it your own family book club!
- Send them a quick-growing plant and container. And keep one for yourself. Share photos via email of how the plant is doing every day.
- Learn a foreign language together and practice writing or talking with each other
- Make a great care package for them of their favorite things, especially things that they may not be able to go out and get right now
- Traditional phone calls
- Buy two copies of a puzzle, and work on one at home and have your loved one work on theirs
- Send a box of 7 simple wrapped gifts – photos, favorite snacks, etc -and put days of the week on the presents. The person can open one each day of the week.
- Create a memory box to be displayed in their room
- Buy colored wood beads and string. Make a bead necklace for yourself and send the supplies to your loved one so they can make their own. Now you have matching necklaces!
We hope you continue to stay healthy, engaged and safe during this unprecedented time.
March 16, 2020
Visitor Policy Update
In accordance with various County Public Health Orders throughout the State, and with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), we are immediately restricting visitation to our communities. All visitors will be screened at the concierge desk and all “non-essential personnel” will not be permitted to visit.
- Non-essential personnel is defined as not having a direct, actionable function in supporting a resident’s care or not vital to the operations of the community.
- Essential personnel include: Oakmont team members, medical service providers, approved vendors, Ombudsman, licensing staff, DPH staff and first responders.
- Approved vendors include those vendors whose visit is vital to the operations of the community such as: Community food delivery personnel, contract support staff, necessary maintenance personnel. Vendors must have prior approval from the Executive Director to be considered an Approved Vendor and allowed entry.
- All essential personnel and approved vendors must check in at the Concierge desk and will be screened for the following:
o Purpose of visit
o Supporting credentials
o Question – “Are you experiencing cough, fever, or difficulty breathing?”
o Question – “Do you have any potential exposure to anyone with COVID-19 symptoms; cough, fever, or difficulty breathing?”
o Question – “Have you or anyone in your household traveled abroad or on a cruise ship in the last 21 days?”
Anyone who answers “Yes” to any of the above questions will not be permitted entry.
Exceptions to this visitation policy will be limited to end-of-life situations or upon approval from the community management team only.
March 16, 2020
In accordance with recent guidelines from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), we have begun the use of enhanced social distancing at our communities to reduce the potential spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. We have adjusted the activity calendar and postponed all public outings. Our team is taking a creative approach to promote engagement while limiting group activities to 10 residents or less and maintaining 6 feet of distance between all participants.
For the health and safety of our residents, we will be closing the dining rooms, and bar and lounges at our communities, effective March 16, 2020, all meals will be served by room service to individual resident apartment homes. In Traditions, the dining room will remain open, and residents will dine during two separately scheduled seating times for all meals.
At this time, we are asking all residents to not leave the community, except to attend certain essential medical visits. We continue to ask all non-essential visitors to postpone their visit to the community.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.
Our thoughts are with you and your loved ones — stay safe and healthy.
March 13, 2020
Oakmont Senior Living is committed to the health and well-being of our residents, team members and greater community. We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as it is evolving and continuing to take precautionary steps to keep our residents and team members safe and healthy.
Some of the many precautionary measures we have taken include increasing our stock of infection control supplies, emergency food supplies and sanitation supplies. We have also adopted an enhanced cleaning protocol that increases the frequency of cleaning throughout each community. Our team members have received additional training regarding the importance of proper hand cleaning and hygiene standards. Each and every community has implemented various social distancing measures and are encouraged to limit discretionary contact. We have postponed all large gatherings at the community and canceled all resident group outings.
In recent weeks we established an Oakmont Task Force to evaluate and respond, in real time, to new information and updates related to COVID-19. Our proactive approach incorporates guidance from the CDC and other health agencies.
At this time, we ask that you please postpone any non-essential visits. Also, please avoid visiting the community if you have any symptoms of illness, have been in contact with someone who has been ill, or if you or anyone in your household has traveled abroad in the last 14 days.
We have taken these steps to ensure the safety of everyone at our communities. As the situation continues to evolve, communication with residents, families and team members will be ongoing and regular updates can be found at www.oakmontseniorliving.com.
For additional up-to-date information, please visit:
CDC Novel Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Wishing you and your loved ones well,
Oakmont Senior Living
March 6, 2020
We are actively monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and the latest developments associated with the virus. We have implemented many precautionary measures to proactively limit the risk of exposure to those in our Oakmont community. We are also following the recommendations of the Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Oakmont is committed to the health and well-being of our residents and team members and will continue to monitor the outbreak and provide updates.
At this time, we ask that you please avoid visiting the community should you have any symptoms of illness or have been in contact with someone that has been ill. For more information about the precautionary measures we have taken, please contact the Executive Director at your community or email firstname.lastname@example.org