As of mid-April, more than 20 percent of the American population has been vaccinated against COVID-19. Here in Missouri, 31 percent of the population has had at least one dose and are well on their way to being fully inoculated. Thanks to the rollout, seniors were a top priority in every state, so chances are your loved one in senior or assisted living has likely received both their COVID-19 vaccine doses already. And if you’re part of the 20 percent of Americans who are also fully vaccinated, you probably want to start spending time together right away. However, there are still some things you’ll want to do to practice safe social distancing at home.
How to Practice Safe Social Distancing at Home After Being Vaccinated
- Wait for Maximum Immunity. While you might want to schedule a time to visit your loved one in a senior living community right away, you’ll want to wait until you’ve both reached maximum immunity. With the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, you’ll need to wait two weeks after your second dose for maximum efficacy. For the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, four weeks is more protective.
- Be Sure Your Loved One Isn’t High-Risk. Some underlying conditions can cause a greater risk for contracting a serious illness. If this is the case for your loved one, it’s important to maintain safety when socializing.
- Visit Outdoors If You’re Not Fully Vaccinated. If you and your loved one are at low risk for severe illness and at least one of you is fully vaccinated, the Mayo Clinic says it’s OK to enjoy time together outdoors. Schedule time to go fishing, golfing, boating or even exercising at an outdoor fitness class. You can also enjoy time relaxing together with a picnic in a nearby park or going to a drive-in movie.
- When Indoors, Keep It Small and Short. While outside is always safer, sometimes it’s just not possible. Maybe we’re experiencing another cold burst or perhaps it’s raining. If the weather is putting a damper on your time outdoors together, practice social distancing safely inside. Limit how many people are meeting together, sit six feet apart or wear masks and keep the visit short. If you’re planning a visit to see your loved one in senior living, don’t schedule gatherings with other households for a little while beforehand or afterward.
- Continue Wearing a Mask in Public. According to the CDC, you should continue to wear masks while in public or when visiting with an unvaccinated person, even after you’ve been vaccinated. This is particularly important if your loved one is at high risk – you want to protect them while enjoying their company.
Experience Safe Distancing at Home, in Your New Home at Garden Plaza
Nothing is more important to you than your loved one’s health. That’s why Garden Plaza of Florissant has implemented new policies and procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with state and national guidelines. Our procedures are specifically designed to keep residents in good health, making your loved one’s wellbeing a priority.
We’ll continue to change and modify these policies as we learn more about the virus and the effectiveness of the vaccines. That means we’re offering more and more social activities every month for residents as we slowly get back to normal; we also offer for them to stay connected to their loved ones. And our resort-style services and amenities make finding the balance of safety and enjoyment even easier.
If you’d like to learn more about life at Garden Plaza of Florissant, contact our team today.