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Recommendations April 4, 2020

We urge independent living residents in our apartments, cottages and villa homes to continue taking precautions outlined by Governor Mike DeWine and the CDC to help prevent COVID-19. These include the following:

Caregivers and visitors: Please discontinue all non-essential support. We know several residents receive support from outside caregivers. These professionals see many people in many locations. Moving from building to building increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, even if a caregiver has no symptoms. Ask family members to stop visiting at this time to help keep everyone healthy. The Jennings staff can help you find alternatives to these services.

Stay home – in your apartment: The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus spreads mainly from person to person. If you must leave your apartment or must have a supportive visitor, make sure you are at least 6 feet from another person.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Many individuals monitor their temperature at least daily, and report any fever of 100o or higher.

Use alternate shopping and support methods. Instead of going to the store for supplies, it is likely safer to use new pick up and delivery services such as InstaCart. These services can minimize your risk for this illness. Jennings staff can help you with the technology to have essential items delivered.

Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Wash your hands frequently: To stay healthy, the most important thing to do is wash your hands. Please wash your hands often, and especially after coughing, sneezing, using the bathroom or touching anything in a common area. Make good use of hand sanitizer when needed.

Please let us know if you are ill or have been exposed to someone who is ill. If anyone has visited you within the last 14 days and the person has illness symptoms, please contact your health care provider and let us know immediately.

We know these decisions are not easy. Like the rest of the state, people are taking these precautions to stay healthy. If you are not feeling well, contact your health care provider. We are also screening our staff at the beginning of every shift and helping them to stay healthy.

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