With recent spikes in COVID-19 cases, cities all over the country are experiencing more restrictions and shutdowns than in previous months. For many, our way of living continues to be interrupted. However, as news about COVID-19 seems to change on a daily basis, one thing remains the same: it’s up to all of us to keep our loved ones and communities safe.  

Seniors, and others who are at risk of COVID-19 complications, have had their share of challenges during this global pandemic. Simple routines like meeting friends for lunch, going to church, playing a round of golf, or just spending the day with grandchildren has been put on hold for the time being.   

With such uncertainties still ahead of us, you may struggle with deciding whether now (or later) is the right time to move to a senior living community. Or, if your loved one is in need of assisted living, this decision becomes equally difficult, as you want to do what is best for a parent or grandparent, without the added stress of putting them at risk of COVID-19. 

If you’re struggling with this decision, you’re certainly not alone. But we ask you to think about what we do know about the months ahead: we will soon find ourselves in winter and many of us will remain in our homes for the duration of the season. 

The Rise of Depression During COVID-19 

You may have heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or simply “winter blues”. It’s an all too common type of depression that is usually triggered by seasonal changes, especially winter. 

SAD affects everyone differently, but it can become worse for loved ones who are stuck at home. Sure, video chats are fun and allow us to see familiar faces, but not having human contact for such an extended period can feel isolating and directly impact our mental health.  

So, to answer the question of whether now is the time to move to a senior living facility during COVID-19, our answer is yes. Retirement and assisted living communities can help seniors combat SAD and still feel connected to their neighbors and friends, despite the pandemic. However, whether you or your loved ones will be safe will depend on the type of retirement community you choose.  

During this time, it’s essential to find a senior living community that has implemented safety precautions for independent and assisted living that ensures the health and wellness of its residents and care teams.  

To show you what we mean, we’d like to share with you how Sweetwater works to exceed your every expectation, and most importantly, provide a safe, healthy environment where residents can get back to living again. 

How Sweetwater is Protecting Your Health and Wellness Amid COVID-19 

Health and Wellness Practices

We take great care to ensure we comply with all state mandated policies concerning COVID-19, as they continue to be updated.  

This includes wearing masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as other illnesses prone to this time of year. We provide each resident with cloth masks to wear in their apartments when friends or family are visiting. We also have a policy that ensures masks are worn by family guests during the duration of their stay in our communities. 

Carefree Senior Living

One of the many benefits of moving to a senior living community like Sweetwater is that our residents are given more freedom to do the activities they enjoy, rather than waste time on chores, maintenance work, or running errands.   

With COVID-19, this freedom is particularly important. We offer concierge services for delivery of groceries, medications, laundry, and more. This means your loved ones can stay in the safety of their homes and still receive the essential supplies they need. 

We also offer an outstanding maintenance team to fix any issues in your apartment, and our facilities include a dedicated nursing staff 24/7 to ensure all residents have immediate access to care right in their own homes.  

Sanitized Social Areas

At Sweetwater, our goal is to provide a comfortable, convenient, secure and enjoyable environment for seniors. This means offering amenities onsite that include wellness center, billiards room, laundry room, beauty salon and barbershop, library, and chapel for weekly prayer and worship. It’s important to point out that all of these facilities are for resident use only, which means we have more control over the sanitization and maintenance of these areas to ensure our residents stay safe and have fun while doing so. 

Weekly Activities Calendar

Incorporating daily activities that promote laughter, conversation, education, and exercise is an important part of our mission, and one we will continue to do so, in accordance with all safety protocols. These events range from book clubs, coffee meet ups, bingo, group discussions, and more! We also offer comfortable areas throughout our community spaces for residents to stretch their legs, read a book, or enjoy a quick chat with a neighbor. 

To learn more about our assisted living safety plans for COVID-19, including daily screenings of Primrose assisted living residents and sanitization policies for staff and outside guests, check out our latest COVID-19 precautions by clicking the link at the top of the page.  

(Please note: Family member visitation protocols may vary according to all state and local regulations. Contact us at (406) 534-0355 more details). 

At Sweetwater, Our Residents Are Our Family 

We know the road ahead will be long and require patience. But one truth we can all share is we’re all in this together. If you still have concerns about moving to a senior or assisted living facility during COVID-19, we encourage you to contact our team today.  

We’ll answer any questions you have and help you feel confident about your decision, so you spend this and every winter enjoying your time with us and living your best life possible.