Why Respiratory Outbreaks Are Common at Retirement Facilities

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In many cases, older adults are managing chronic illnesses which can lead to weaker immune systems, putting them at greater risk of developing respiratory and other seasonal illnesses. Oakville senior residences are communal environments, and therefore, infections have the potential to be easily spread. However, by implementing an infection control daily program, early control measures and by having a protocol for early detection, it is possible to reduce the length and impact of an illness outbreak.

The number one priority at Queens Avenue Retirement Residence in Oakville is the health and safety of both our residents and staff. Cold and flu season, typically lasting from late fall to early spring, can bring added challenges. But with detailed planning and a proactive approach, retirement residences can continue to keep everyone as healthy and active as possible.

Effective Ways to Manage Illness Outbreaks at Retirement Residences

Queens Avenue Retirement Residence takes great pride in the fact that shut down due to illness has not been required in our community for the last four years! Rest assured, we take any and all concerns seriously and work with our residents and our outstanding team to deal with illnesses as they arise.

It is natural to wonder about how an Oakville senior residence handles a respiratory outbreak, so we are sharing some details below.

  • Should there be an illness outbreak, some activities may be canceled. Each individual activity will be assessed, and a decision will be made. In some cases, an activity may be modified but not canceled outright. Decisions will be made based on the status of the outbreak (recent or almost terminated), location of the activity and whether the activity includes a likely source of exposure.
  • Ill residents will not be able to attend any activities until they are well enough again. Residents showing no signs of symptoms are still encouraged to engage in recreation and leisure activities.
  • Eating in the dining room will still take place during an outbreak. Hand hygiene will be required by all residents prior to entering the dining room. Tray service is provided to ill residents who are recuperating in their rooms.
  • Family and friends may still visit, although it is recommended that visits be limited and if you show any signs of illness to avoid entering the facility. When visiting, wash your hands before entering the facility and when you leave.

In general, a respiratory outbreak at a retirement residence can be declared terminated if there is no new case eight days after the start of symptoms of the last case. Alternatively, an outbreak may be terminated earlier in consultation with local public health.

Queens Avenue Retirement Residence Offers A Helping Hand When Needed

Being sick is not fun for anyone. However, older adults may have a more difficult time caring for themselves when they feel unwell. At Queens Avenue Retirement Residence, we offer a helping hand to all our residents and make sure that everyone’s needs are met. Our home-like environment means that residents feel comfortable and safe, which can go a long way in helping to recover from an illness. To learn more about our Oakville senior residence and our welcoming community, please contact us.

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