Residential assisted living (“RALs”) have been around for years but have received a lot of attention due to their unique benefits when dealing with breakouts of illnesses. Here are some of the top reasons RALs are safer when dealing with COVID-19 or outbreaks of illnesses such as the flu.
Home to fewer residents, RALs require fewer caregivers and support staff than larger communities. Therefore, the number of people entering the building on a daily basis is greatly reduced, and it’s easier for the smaller communities to monitor its staff members.
More Individualized Care
Most RALs have 1 caregiver for every 4 residents. This enables the staff to take more frequent temperature checks and closely monitor the residents for any early signs or symptoms. Additionally, caregivers can develop much closer relationships with residents and are able to detect eating, sleeping or other changes in their behavior.
Less Area Requiring Disinfection
RALs do not have a large lobby, recreation rooms, or multiple dining halls; thereby having much less surface area in their common areas to disinfect. A typical RAL has approximately 5,000 sq. ft., while a large facility housing 80-100 residents could have more than 100,000 sq. ft. to disinfect.
Written by Evermore Senior Living
Edited by Senior Advisors Plus