MEDFORD, Ore. — According to the CDC, nursing home residents can have a higher change of getting an infection due to frailty from getting older, needing more help from caregivers, open wounds or medical devices like IV tubes.
Those older than 75 are generally more susceptible to both bacterial and viral illnesses. The older adult is particularly vulnerable to viruses, as it takes a strong immune system to fight viral illness in which antibiotics are useless.
According to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemiological reports from more than 72,000 Chinese patients, the overall case fatality rate was estimated to be 2.3%, while those between age 70 and 79 had a case fatality rate of 8%. For those over 80, almost 15% did not survive. These figures are from the start of the outbreak through Feb. 11.
Bonaventure in Medford, a senior living facility, says they are taking those statistics seriously and have been preparing for COVID-19 for the past few weeks.
“We started working once we knew there was a potential risk here,” said Jeremiah Gray, Bonaventure’s Director of Operations for the Medford location, “We’re working with our teams on additional training, additional supplies, sanitation processes, things of that nature.”
Bonaventure has locations in Oregon, Washington, and Colorado. One of their Washington locations is in Bethel; not far from Kirkland, WA, where a deadly outbreak of Coronavirus has been reported. Bonaventure’s facilities are not a part of the outbreak but Bonaventure says all of their locations are taking steps to prevent the virus.
“Knowing that you have families that travel, people that travel internationally, coming into our communities; we want to be prepared right out of the gate,” said Gray, “Once you introduce it, it’s too late at that point. The goal is prevention.”
As you walk through the front doors of Bonaventure, you’ll see bright pink signs alerting visitors to changes.
“We’ve asked all of our families to please check-in at the front desk. We’ve posted signs, we’ve shut down a lot of the different access points and we’re having each family member be pre-screened. Each visitor or guest is filling out forms where they’re answering some basic questions,” said Gray, “If they answer yes to any of those questions then we’re asking them to reschedule their visit for a later time.”
Once inside, Bonaventure has placed hand sanitizer throughout the building.
“We’ve also implemented sanitation around the clock, we’ve added additional staff and all they’re doing is cleaning and sanitizing services throughout the day,” said Gray.
Bonaventure says they’re holding off on any group outings and are making sure their in-house activities are open and frequent.
“We’ve shut down outings that our residents go on, like a trip to the casino, things of that nature. We’re also asking the general public out there to keep their hands washed, use good universal precautions, continue to work with us and be patient during these times,” said Gray, “and know that what we’re doing is in their loved one’s best interest.”