Within our retirement communities, we’re currently offering outdoor visits between residents and small groups of family or friends. To help limit the number of people in our gardens or terraces, this option is available by appointment only.
We are providing a variety of virtual and when possible, small group, distanced activities to nourish the mind, body, and spirit. Examples include balcony singalongs and entertainment, special programming broadcasted to resident apartments (including educational lectures, symphony concerts, and exercise classes), weekly virtual book clubs, community art projects, outdoor discussion groups, and outdoor fitness classes. Check out some photos here.
In late September and early October, we began offering indoor, distanced activities and in-person dining in small groups, per guidance from the Washington State Department of Health and Social Services (DSHS). When possible, we will also offer outdoor activities. Residents continue to have the option of having any meal delivered to their apartments.
Additionally, our salons are open with limited capacity and strict safety practices. At some communities, the fitness centers and libraries are open by appointment, with sanitation occurring in between appointments. Personal transportation is also available for essential outings.
We are seeking to provide as much choice to residents as possible, while also adhering to public health guidelines. We urge everyone to carefully assess the risks and make the decisions that are right for them. Please note that if a community identifies a new positive COVID-19 case, then some activities will be paused.
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Please note that activities and availability of outdoor visits may vary across communities, depending on recency of last COVID-19 case and other factors.
- Given the recent surge in cases in King County, all retirement communities are now operating in phase one. During this phase, in-person activities are limited to outdoors with groups of five. Those who choose to eat in our dining rooms must sit at least six feet apart. Common areas are closed for gathering.
- Bus outings canceled.
- Visitors not permitted inside the community, including family and friends. Note: This restriction does not apply to hospice and other end of life situations, nor does it apply to vendors who supply or work in our community, including third-party paid caregivers. We recognize that this state rule may cause concern for residents who rely on family members or friends for caregiving or delivering and organizing medicine. Some exceptions will be permitted, and we encourage you to reach out to your executive director to discuss your situation.
- Staff, vendors, and other visitors are screened and asked to postpone their visit if they meet any of the following criteria:
- They have symptoms of illness or have been in close contact with someone with symptoms of illness, including fever/sweating, chills, repeated shaking with chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chest pain associated with breathing, feelings of exhaustion or weakness, loss of energy, general body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody mucus, presence of confusion, change in mental status, red eyes, change in sense of smell or taste, change in appetite, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, dizziness, bluish lips or face, or unexplained falls or increase in falls.
- They have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or someone who has been exposed to COVID-19.
- They have recently visited or come into close contact with someone who has visited any other building or business associated with a known case of positive or presumed positive COVID-19.
- They have recently returned from travel outside of Washington state or you have recently visited an airport. Visits should be delayed for at least 14 days after return, and you can confirm no symptoms of illness such as those listed above.
- They currently have a temperature of 100.4 or higher.
Please note that these pages are not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.
Media inquiries should be directed to our publicist, Natalie Quick 206-779-0489.