As we look forward to the new year, I can’t help but feel optimistic. News of the vaccine certainly has given us hope that, in the not-too-distant future, there may be an end in sight to the hardships we have endured this last year.
First and foremost, we are happy to announce that Daystar is registered with the CVS Pharmacy vaccine program, and a team of clinicians will arrive to inoculate both our team and residents very soon.
Though the better half of 2020 threw us many curveballs, the ability of our community to adapt, learn, and connect has been nothing short of humbling and inspiring. We have been able to implement the use of technology to connect residents and their families during times of limited or restricted visitation – making good use of Zoom and FaceTime video conferencing platforms.
In addition to connecting residents to their family, friends, and loved ones, we have also had great success in connecting them to doctors and our care team through the use of telehealth – virtual care appointments conducted over video conferencing. Additionally, our medication management procedures are now computer-driven, with the ability to refill prescriptions with the click of a button.
On a campus-wide scale, we are implementing a kiosk, Accushield, that will take place of our manual sign-in book at the front desk. This kiosk will take temperatures, provide screening questions, and printable visitor badges. In addition, there is an app allowing pre-registering and uploading information previous to arrival. We are confident that this system will only improve upon the safety standards we have learned to be our new normal.
Our team has become proficient in keeping our community spotless and sterile; applying the most up-to-date sanitization systems in our routine cleanings, which we will continue to use long after the pandemic is deemed 'over', as we firmly believe these new standards to be important to overall community health and safety!
Most importantly, through all of this – the new technology, new protocols, new ways of life – we have learned that maintaining relationships take effort. We no longer take for granted any chance we have to make a human connection, and value any and all of our virtual conversations as equally as we did in-person communication.
Our communities are safer and stronger because of the changes we have made.
We will take the lessons we have learned from 2020 to continuously improve our operations as we are slowly able to come up for air from this marathon we have endured.
So, from our community to you and yours, let us look ahead to better things on the horizon in 2021 – to embrace optimism and positive change – so that soon, we will be able to hug our loved ones again.