Americare Senior Living Preparedness & Response Plan
Americare Senior Living is using this website to provide information about our plan for preparation and response to the Coronavirus, or COVID 19. We have based our plan on CDC and related government health agencies. A pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that spreads through human populations across a large region, such as a continent or worldwide. Please note that pandemic’s exclude seasonal flu.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to spread easily and sustainably in the community (community spread) in some affected geographic areas.
Purpose of our Planning
We have established key components for pandemic preparedness and continuously updating our readiness efforts. We are also continually identifying additional steps to take upon presumed and positive cases of the virus within our healthcare and community settings.
Transmission of Coronavirus
The COVID-19 virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person and especially between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet). This happens through the respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is also possible that a person can become infected with COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.
Symptoms of coronavirus may appear within 2 to 14 days after exposure and include: fever, cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath.
Each Americare community has a Pandemic Coronavirus/Influenza Response Coordinator to coordinate pandemic preparedness planning and to monitor public health advisories, information, and updates on a routine basis (or more often, if indicated).
Each Americare community has a Pandemic Influenza Response Coordinator, (administrative professional or director of nursing) to aid in pandemic preparedness planning, execution of preparedness plans at their local community, and distribute/inform/educate their employees, residents, and families on a routine basis. We have instructed each Americare Response Coordinator to establish contact with their local public health and emergency planning partners to understand current community response plans prior to outbreak in that specific area.