Facts about the Covid-19 Vaccine for Gilbert, Arizona Seniors

We know there is a lot of information and confusion surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine, so we wanted to help put together a Vaccine FAQ for all Mariposa Point senior care residents, and Gilbert Arizona seniors.


Vaccine Priority for Arizona Assisted Living:

The CDC is partnering with Arizona pharmacies to offer on-site COVID-19 vaccination services for residents in all long-term care settings, including assisted living facilities where most individuals are over 65 years of age. Once a vaccine is available, the residents and staff at licensed communities, like ours in Gilbert, Arizona, will have priority through CVS Pharmacy. CVS will bill your insurer, Medicare, or Medicaid for the cost of administering the vaccine.

This means that if you are a resident or have taken financial possession of a room at one of our Arizona senior care communities prior to the initial vaccine clinics, then you will be included in the first tranche of recipients for the vaccine. As we all know, seniors are affected the most by COVID-19, so this is a crucial opportunity to stay safe and healthy.

Benefits of the Vaccine:

The COVID-19 vaccine has been tested through clinical trials over 20,000 times to make sure it is safe and approved for distribution. The test subjects include a diverse range of races, ethnicity, and age – including adults 65 and older. Ultimately, there were no serious safety concerns that outweigh the life-saving capability. The ACIP and CDC have agreed that the benefits of saving lives with the COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the risk of possible side effects.

Possible Side Effects:

  • injection site pain
  • tiredness
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • chills
  • joint pain
  • fever
  • injection site swelling
  • injection site redness
  • nausea
  • feeling unwell
  • swollen lymph nodes

How It Works:

Each recipient of the vaccine will receive two shots of the vaccine into the muscle, spaced out over 3 weeks. If you receive one dose, it is recommended to receive the second dose as well. The duration of the vaccine is currently unknown.

What should you mention to your vaccination provider before you get the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine?

Tell the vaccination provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have any allergies
  • have a fever
  • have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
  • are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • are breastfeeding
  • have received another COVID-19 vaccine

Distributing The Vaccine Safely is Top Priority:

The FDA has implemented an emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination and plans to monitor the distribution closely along with the CDC. Using robust systems and specific data systems, the FDA and CDC will be able to quickly and safely track the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring. Additionally, the CDC is working with Arizona pharmacies and others who will be distributing the vaccine to help Gilbert long-term care facilities educate residents and their families.


Further FAQs from the CDC:

FACT: COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19

None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. There are several different types of vaccines in development. However, the goal for each of them is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.

FACT: COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive on COVID-19 viral tests

Vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States won’t cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.

If your body develops an immune response, which is the goal of vaccination, there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.

FACT: People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated

Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before.

At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests natural immunity may not last very long.

We won’t know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until we have a vaccine and more data on how well it works.

Both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

FACT: Getting vaccinated can help prevent getting sick with COVID-19

While many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness or they may even die. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you, even if you are not at increased risk of severe complications. If you get sick, you also may spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you while you are sick. COVID-19 vaccination helps protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

FACT: Receiving an mRNA vaccine will not alter your DNA

mRNA stands for messenger ribonucleic acid and can most easily be described as instructions for how to make a protein or even just a piece of a protein. mRNA is not able to alter or modify a person’s genetic makeup (DNA). The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA are kept. This means the mRNA does not affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 vaccines that use mRNA work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop protection (immunity) to disease. Learn more about how COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work.


Sources:

www.cdc.gov

www.fda.gov

www.mayoclinic.org

www.who.int

It’s extremely important to practice healthy aging throughout your life even well into your golden years. At our Gilbert, Arizona Surpass Senior Living communities, it’s a priority for us to make sure your loved ones are staying healthy, especially in this pandemic. If you have any further questions, please reach out to our Surpass team. You can contact one of our sales directors here.


Stay Safe in Gilbert, Arizona with Surpass and Mariposa Point Senior Living

With the recent approval by the FDA of two COVID-19 vaccines, assisted living communities will be amongst the safest places to live for seniors in Gilbert, Arizona.  Assisted living communities will have priority access to the vaccine for its residents and team members. The benefits and care of moving to an assisted living may largely outweigh the alternative of staying home. 


Vaccine clinics have been scheduled with CVS Pharmacy to administer the vaccine to Arizona residents and team members. Vaccination is the biggest step towards protecting our residents and team members to create a safer community.

Additionally, in our communities, residents have limited contact with outside visitors. The majority of visitors to our communities are health care professionals which prevent residents from having to travel in public.  Policies are in place to maintain safe visitation from essential visitors as we understand that seeing family is especially important during these times. Visitors to our building are required to submit temperature checks, questionnaires, and must adhere to our PPE requirements. 

Finally, since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been committed to increased disinfection of common areas. We continue to have staff dedicated to keeping our senior living community clean. From having priority access to the vaccine to socially distanced companionship to increased cleaning measures, we work hard to mitigate risks to help keep our Gilbert residents safe in our communities.

If you are looking for compassionate senior living or memory care for a loved one, within these CDC guidelines, here in Gilbert, Arizona, consider giving us a call at Mariposa Point from Surpass Senior Living. You can contact one of our sales directors here.


Difference Between Assisted Living and Nursing Homes for Covid-19 in Gilbert, Arizona

When it comes to staying safe from Covid-19, while also choosing between assisted living and nursing homes, our Mariposa Point Senior Living Community in Gilbert, Arizona is one of the choices you can make for peace of mind … especially when compared to Arizona nursing homes.

 

Less Contact with Outside Healthcare Providers

Overall, assisted living and memory care facilities in Gilbert, Arizona have had considerably fewer cases of Coronavirus than alternative options such as nursing homes. When it comes to Gilbert nursing homes and other long-term care nursing facilities, residents typically live with more complex health conditions. This type of care requires more outside healthcare providers, which increases the traffic and the chance for Covid-19 cases. 

With Arizona assisted living, however, our residents require a level of care that our trained staff are able to handle themselves. With a more limited staff, we’re able to screen visitors easier and trace potential cases.

 

Increased Space for Activities and Social Distancing

Assisted Living in Gilbert, Arizona often has fewer residents and more space than long-term care nursing facilities. And, due to the increased distance between contact, residents are less likely to transmit the virus. In addition, residents also have more room to safely move around and participate in activities. As we navigate this situation, we are refining our policies and procedures to mitigate against COVID-19 in our active senior living communities.

 

Personalized Care

Not only do these Arizona assisted living communities generally have fewer residents, but they also have more manageable health issues. This enables our staff to have the time to provide more personalized care to each resident. 

Increased check-ups, safely transferring residents to activities, and creating an overall stronger bond with each other.

 

Staying The Course

The safety and comfort of your loved one remains our primary focus. With no end in sight, we are closely monitoring the situation and continuing to use our enhanced safety measures currently in place, including:

  • Staff trained to identify COVID-19 symptoms and testing is completed on-site, if any symptoms arise.
  • Resident temperature checks 2x daily with additional screening.
  • COVID testing completed before move-in.
  • Employees screened before entering the Arizona senior living community.
  • Trained care staff on-site 24/7 to monitor health and wellness and provide direct care.
  • Advanced geofencing technology to prohibit entry by people who have been to places with active COVID-19.

 

Additionally, dining restrictions have been put in place: residents are able to either eat in the dining hall with 6 feet spacing, or continue to eat in their apartments. Social Distancing continues to limit engagements to small groups, and in settings where 6 feet of distance between individuals can be maintained.

These, and more, are all steps we will continue to take in our Gilbert, Arizona senior living community to ensure the safety of all of our residents.


The Best Active Engagement and Activities Programming at Gilbert, Arizona for Senior Living

Assisted living in Gilbert, Arizona can provide your loved one with the ability to experience healthy aging through active engagement and social interaction. 

Staying active is not only important for all of us but especially for our Arizona seniors. According to the CDC, physical activity for seniors can reduce the risk of diseases and falls, as well as increase overall mental and physical health. This is just one of the many reasons why our activity programming plays a primary role in our Active Adult Living senior communities, here in Gilbert, Arizona.

 

Activities:

Our Gilbert, Arizona Senior Living Surpass community prides itself on the robust activity programming offered to our residents. And our customized care is designed to meet the unique needs of each resident and to keep your loved ones active and thriving! We offer a variety of programs such as Bingo, Painting, Brain Games, Putt-Putt, Balloon Volleyball, and Bowling. 

Depending on CDC guidelines, we also make it a focus to spend time outside the community with field trips, cookouts, car parades, and patio visits.

 

Traditions:

In addition to Assisted Living, our Arizona senior programs in Traditions are also very important and we focus on a variety of activities. Our Traditions team is trained to turn even a simple conversation into a potentially reminiscent activity to assist our residents in still feeling the way they did before the Disease. Traditions activities may include: baking, word games, and listening to music. 

These activities are designed to stimulate our Arizona senior resident’s cognitive abilities and help keep their brain engaged. For example, when baking, staff will talk about different things pertaining to cooking and occasionally a smell may trigger a memory. A song, type of food, or even a certain smell can help make our residents feel a certain way, and will help them get back into that mindset where they’re able to tell stories.

 

Socialization:

Socialization is another key element in mental health among our Arizona seniors, and goes hand in hand with our activity programs. Isolation and depression is a very real aspect of seniors lives, which is why we incorporate activities that can support socialization. Even dinner can be an important time of day for your loved ones to get out and talk with their friends.

 

Staff:

Finally, the Program Directors at our Gilbert, Arizona community go above and beyond to care for each resident, and make sure they are indeed thriving. We focus on physical and social needs, but also cognitive, sensory, and spiritual needs as well. It is their full-time job to make sure your loved one is doing great and having the time of their life, and they do their job extremely well.

If you are looking for compassionate senior living or memory care for a loved one, within the CDC guidelines, here in Gilbert, Arizona, consider giving us a call at Mariposa Point from Surpass Senior Living. You can contact one of our sales directors here.


Is My Loved One Safe in Gilbert, Arizona Assisted Living and Memory Care (Especially During Covid-19)?

Moving your loved one to a Gilbert, Arizona senior living community can be a difficult and emotional decision, but oftentimes the correct one. There are a variety of aspects to consider, but the main question is: will they be safe? At Surpass Senior Living, here in Arizona, we pride ourselves on the quality of life we create for your loved one. 

We provide our residents with a homelike environment in a comfortable apartment to help foster independence and the peace of mind knowing that assistance is available should they require it. In this post, we have laid out a few different reasons explaining why assisted living and memory care is not only safe for your loved one but the right decision for you as well.

 

Quality of Care

Caring for your loved one requires a lot of time and effort, which you may not always be able to provide. That is why it can be a safer and more logical option to utilize the trained professionals at senior living communities. 

Our amazing Mariposa Point teams can provide the level of care that seniors may be unable to receive at home. Gilbert, Arizona Assisted Living and Memory Care may be most beneficial for seniors who:

  • Have a medical condition that requires attention throughout the day and a loved one or caregiver is not always there to provide it or does not have the expertise to address it.
  • Need assistance with bathing, going to the bathroom, or eating.
  • Need assistance with managing medications, transportation, cooking meals, and housekeeping.
  • Have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia can be cared for appropriately and safely.
  • Are living with others that cannot socially distance themselves.

 

Covid-19

On the note of social distancing, our Gilbert, Arizona senior care communities are following strict policies set by the CDC to keep our residents as safe as possible. These policies include, but are not limited to, hand hygiene, social distancing, face masks, routine cleaning of communal areas and limiting communal gatherings. We continually revisit these policies with the help of a clinical consultant to ensure we try to mitigate the virus. In addition, we have enhanced safety measures in place to provide peace of mind for you:

  • Staff trained to identify Covid-19 symptoms and testing is completed on-site if any symptoms arise.
  • Resident temperature checks two times daily with additional screening.
  • Covid testing completed on new residents prior to move-in.
  • Team members screened prior to each shift at the community.
  • Trained care staff on-site 24/7 to monitor health and wellness and provide direct care.
  • We utilize advanced geofencing technology to prohibit entry by people who have been to places with active Covid-19.

 

Social Interaction

According to various studies, isolation and loneliness can lead to depression, elevated blood pressure, and early mortality in Arizona seniors. This is especially concerning for seniors aging at home, who are unable to see family and friends or visit local Gilbert senior centers. 

At our Gilbert, Arizona senior communities, residents are safely quarantined and monitored to ensure they stay safe. Our teams have worked hard to continue activities and implement safe ways of social interaction and active engagement for our residents. 

 

Environment

Our purpose-built communities are designed to minimize the health risks that seniors face at home. All of our flooring surfaces are non-slip, including bathrooms in the apartments. Also, all carpeting is short pile, which reduces the risk of tripping and falling. Finally, all bathrooms have safety rails and hallways have handrails throughout the community.

 

On-call staff also provides peace of mind in medical emergencies. Rooms have nurse call systems to notify staff in case of falls or injuries. This means seniors don’t have to worry about struggling to contact help or waiting to be found after a medical emergency at home.

Also, you don’t have to worry about checking smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, or replacing fire extinguishers. In the event of an emergency — like a tornado, earthquake, or fire — our Gilbert, Arizona senior care staff is prepared to handle the situation.

Sources:

https://www.nia.nih.gov/news/social-isolation-loneliness-older-people-pose-health-risks

https://www.cdc.gov/aging/publications/features/lonely-older-adults.html

If you are looking for compassionate senior living or memory care for a loved one, within the CDC guidelines, here in Gilbert, Arizona, consider giving us a call at Mariposa Point from Surpass Senior Living. You can contact one of our sales directors here.