By Susan Saldibar
March seems like an eternity ago. Maybe it’s because we’ve been through so much since then. Or, looking at the glass as half full, maybe it’s because we’ve come a long way since then. And yet, few would argue, there’s still a long way to go. Senior living communities and skilled nursing facilities are met with the daily challenges of trying to do the right thing, often with less than adequate PPE and training. But we soldier on.
One positive development, in my opinion, has been the improvement of online resource sites, once seemingly at odds with one another as to the guidelines and advice they dole out. I remember, back in early March, having to scrounge around the internet for details, often with multiple windows open just to piece together information about a recent outbreak or get a better understanding of what quarantine levels were recommended.
One of the best informative sites I’ve found is that of Aegis Therapies (a Senior Living Foresight partner). Even if you’re one of those who think, “I know everything that’s out there,” you might want to check it out. The sections are clear and easy to access. And they’ve got plenty of links to additional resources in different categories. There are also a couple webinars, featuring Dr. James Avery, medical advisor to Aegis, with some visuals that drive home some important points, such as how far droplets from a sneeze travel, versus those from a cough or just talking. As someone who used to fit in the “I know everything that’s out there” category, I admit to having shared that visual with family members.
And there’s lots more. Some of the data points (with multiple links) are as follows:
- Understanding COVID-19
- Key Facts
- High-Risk Populations
- Protecting Nursing Home Residents
The Aegis resource page continues to grow steadily as new webinars are added, and as more information becomes available. It is geared to individuals as well as professional healthcare providers and senior living communities.
Let’s face it. We’re going to be in this for a while. How long? Who knows? But kudos to organizations like Aegis who are taking the time to deliver a steady stream of useful information and making resources available to those who need them.