THE FIRST WAVE ISN’T OVER
The requirement for reopening our facility in any small sense was that our state, California, needed to meet the parameters for reopening.
Our Yolo County authorities issue rules which must be followed by businesses, depending on the state guidelines.
A few weeks ago, on June 9th, a gradual, cautious reopening of our dining facilities was initiated, allowing those who chose to participate the ability to go to the dining room for dinner. Many changes were instituted to get people in and out of the dining room safely (most of which would have been too hard for me), but not allowing the kind of socialization we used to have of dining with others not of our ‘household.’
The reopening has been rescinded due to spiking coronavirus cases
I can’t blame this facility for taking every possible precaution – after all, one of the things that happens is that our total survival as a community depends on getting new people in to what is a ‘forever home’ as our older or frailer members leave us.
And reputation is everything in the business world – we can’t afford to have too many empty apartments or the price for the residents will have to go up.
And it is obvious that people will think long and hard before moving INTO a facility that has already had covid-19 cases.
The restrictions are necessary
because the outside world refuses to take the pandemic seriously – but we know how high our death rates would be if it got into our community and spread.
That’s not even a hypothetical: a third of covid-19 deaths, or more, have occurred in people in nursing homes.
And a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community) by definition has a nursing home component (as well as an Assisted Living one) to go along with the Independent Living apartments (where most of the residents live, and where everyone who is part of the community must come into originally).
Lowest common denominator for the community is that EVERYONE is in lockdown.
Because we live in the same building. And are served by the same staff for many things.
I live in fear that our staff OR our residents may bring the virus in
Residents here often (>60%) come from Davis. They have local family and friends.
We can leave the community at any time – at our own discretion. We can see anyone we want – outside.
There is a requirement (probably from the county) that those who sleep one night or more away from URC then self-quarantine for two weeks when they come back.
But it doesn’t cover those who go out for the day for whatever reason, and come back the same day.
We depend on each other being sensible – including our staff, ALL of whom live elsewhere.
So I practice ALL the precautions
So that even if other people don’t do what they’re supposed to do all the time, every time, I have done everything I can NOT to pick up the virus from them if they have it.
The biggest one is that people don’t cover their NOSE with their mask.
They might as well not bother wearing the mask!
It slips down. It’s uncomfortable. They ‘forget’ – and it horrifies me.
I remind them.
They put it back on, and I see it slip off again a moment later!
Staff, Residents, Contractors here installing carpeting – they still don’t get it!
A facemask worn with the nose hanging out is NOT a facemask! Basically, it’s NOTHING – because someone having trouble breathing through the mouth behind the mask will automatically breathe through the NOSE – expelling ALL the air from their lungs through their NOSE out into the community.
I blame education which doesn’t teach every child that their NOSE and MOUTH are connected inside their HEAD.
Among other things I blame.
So I’m horrified, I tell them (they sometimes pull the mask up over their nose and I often SEE it fall down immediately), and I wear mine, stay away, wash my hands…
And try very hard not to leave the apartment.
A small positive note
The county has allowed limited pool access, and limited aqua therapy with a ‘medical’ person present.
So I got into the therapy pool twice for half and hour this week – and am still in a lot of pain from things I stretched, very gently, but which had had no warm water for over three months.
I may not be able to go twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday are too close together).
They may close it back down for whatever reason.
I got no writing done on those days, nor the days after (another reason I may have to do just one).
But the good feeling was amazing: in the water I am not disabled.
In the water I can move, stretch, even go up to tiptoe (in the deepest part of the pool) – things I cannot do very well or at all on land.
I am grateful.
So what has gone well in spite of the virus in your life?