The new year in our country started off with chilly weather with continuous rain for days. Though we can’t travel overseas, we KL folks are enjoying cool overseas weather caused by a winter monsoon. Temperatures across the Klang Valley dropped to as low as 23°C today, among the lowest in months. I didn’t even need to turn on the air conditioner or fan throughout the night. I am thoroughly enjoying the cool weather before the season changes and temperatures soar to near 40C towards CNY next month 🥵
We’ve not seen the sun for several days and I had to use the clothes dryer this morning to prevent our clothes from turning musty. We hardly use the dryer except during the winter monsoon or when the SIL from overseas comes to KL and stays with us. Thank goodness it’s still functioning when I used it this morning. It was probably more than half a year ago when I used it once.
Someone who’s not used to the cold weather wore two layers of clothes when we went to Mid Valley Megamall yesterday 😆
And she’s been wearing a jacket the entire day today, even when she cooked 🤨 How is she going to endure the bitter cold weather if I sent her to study overseas?!
Lunch today is shredded chicken porridge, cooked using our new TMX6.
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Asking senior loved ones to consider Florida assisted living is difficult at the best of times. The Covid-19 virus has made this more difficult due to the affinity the virus has for the elderly, the very young, and those with serious illnesses. We can, however, ask such facilities specific questions that will alleviate our worries.
1. What Is Your Facility Doing To Prevent The Spread Of The Virus?
While assisted living facilities are not bound by federal regulations, they are state-regulated and mirror nursing homes in many regulations. For example,
- Everyone in the facility must wear masks
- Visits are either virtual or “window” visits
- Group dining and activities have been suspended
- All residents and visitors are tested daily
- Ask if the facility regularly disinfects doorknobs, elevator buttons, or staircase balustrades
2. How Are You Engaging Residents?
Depression and isolation plague many seniors, whether or not they’re at home or in assisted living facilities. Group dining, outings like shopping or entertainment, and group activities like crafts, dancing, or movie nights keep seniors feeling they’re not alone.
Ask the facility how they are engaging their residents. Is social distancing and masks enough protection for seniors to participate in group activities? In weather-specific states, is it possible to hold these activities outdoors? Can entertainment be brought to the residents, in the form of singers a la Christmas carolers? You want to see some creativity in ensuring their seniors are mentally and physically engaged.
3. How Are You Supporting Your Staff?
Any facility or business is only as good as its employees. Those employees enjoying help with grocery costs, doctor visits, child care, and a host of other concerns tend to stay with the job and give it the effort that is required. Your senior loved one in such an assisted living facility will experience a more stable lifestyle.
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